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Black Belt Crowned Miss USA
 Black Belt Crowned Miss USA 

Black Belt Crowned Miss USA

Self-defense is important, says Nevada's Nia Sanchez

(Newser) - Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, a fourth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo, was crowned Miss USA 2014 last night. The 24-year-old from Las Vegas beat out 50 other contestants from all the states and the District of Columbia for the title of 63rd Miss USA. First runner-up...

Stop Snickering at Miss Utah Over Flub

Linda Holmes: It wasn't a measure of intelligence, just her ability to create 'cow patties'

(Newser) - Miss Utah got to go on the Today show this morning for a second crack at the question that she flubbed at the recent Miss USA pageant. This time around, Marissa Powell gave a far more polished response, which KSL.com has in more detail. Good for her, but the...

Accountant Is New Miss USA

 Miss USA: 
 New Winner, 
 New Gaffe 

Miss USA: New Winner, New Gaffe

Plus: Miss Utah wants to 'create education better'

(Newser) - The new Miss USA is a woman more accustomed to spreadsheets than catwalks: Erin Brady, a 25-year-old accountant and the current Miss Connecticut. Brady won last night after answering a question about the recent Supreme Court decision upholding widespread DNA swabbing , which she said she agreed with, the AP reports....

Miss USA Wins Miss Universe
 Miss USA Wins Miss Universe 

Miss USA Wins Miss Universe

Olivia Culpo's win is first for US in 15 years

(Newser) - For the first time since 1997, Miss USA has won the Miss Universe pageant. Rhode Island's Olivia Culpo, 20, ended last night's competition in Las Vegas ahead of 88 other contestants. "It's such an honor to be representing the USA in an international beauty contest in...

Miss USA Loser Must Pay $5M for Defaming Pageant

Sheena Monnin claimed Miss USA was rigged

(Newser) - The former Miss Pennsylvania will pay a steep price for claiming the Miss USA pageant was rigged : An arbitrator has ordered Sheena Monnin to pay the Donald Trump-owned pageant organization $5 million for defaming it. The arbitrator found that Monnin was "disgruntled" after failing to make it out of...

2nd Contestant Claims Miss USA Was Rigged

Source says Miss Florida Karina Brez shared list of Top 5 backstage

(Newser) - A second contestant confirms what Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin first claimed : Miss Florida Karina Brez saw a list of the top five Miss USA finalists hours before the live telecast June 3. "I saw Florida backstage and she was very, very flustered and upset," the anonymous contestant tells...

Miss USA Sources Share Ugly Texts From Miss Pa.

Sheena Monnin allegedly implied Miss Colorado, Miss SC were ugly

(Newser) - Today, in take-this-with-a-grain-of-salt news: TMZ , by way of Miss USA "sources," has gotten its hands on a series of text messages that the former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin supposedly sent to a pageant official during the competition itself. The texts reiterate Monnin's claims that the competition was...

Miss Pa. Quits, Says Pageant Is Rigged

Trump threatens to sue, says she opposes transgender policy

(Newser) - Donald Trump says he's going to sue Miss Pennsylvania, after she resigned in a huff from the Miss USA pageant and the Miss Universe Organization. "I can no longer be affiliated in any way with an organization I consider to be fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent, and in...

Miss USA 2010 Was Way Above Legal Limit

...and driving with a half-empty bottle of champagne

(Newser) - And the story of Rima Fakih's arrest gets worse: The former Miss USA was allegedly speeding and weaving through traffic when she was pulled over about 2:15am Saturday ... with a half-empty bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne behind the driver's seat of the 2011 Jaguar she was...

Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010, Arrested and Charged With Drunk Driving
 Miss USA 2010 Busted for DUI 

Miss USA 2010 Busted for DUI

Rima Fakih arrested over the weekend

(Newser) - This scandal is a bit worse than having a stripper past : Miss USA 2010, Rima Fakih, was arrested over the weekend in Michigan and faces drunken driving charges. Oddly, Fakih initially attempted to deny the reports, tweeting yesterday: "Let's clear things up now. ... I'm NOT in Michigan...

Miss California Alyssa Campanella Wins Miss USA
 'History Geek' Named Miss USA 

'History Geek' Named Miss USA

Miss California Alyssa Campanella wins the title

(Newser) - Miss California Alyssa Campanella, a self-described “huge history geek,” was named Miss USA at the Las Vegas pageant last night. The 21-year-old formerly represented New Jersey in the Miss Teen USA contest in 2007, but moved to Los Angeles a year and a half ago and plans to...

Miss Wisconsin Resigns After ID Theft Charges

Shaletta Porterfield pleads not guilty, but still has to give up her crown

(Newser) - A Wisconsin beauty pageant winner's quest to become Miss USA has been derailed now that she's been charged with three counts of identity theft, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . When working for a marketing company last summer, Shaletta Porterfield allegedly faked the signatures of three business owners on...

Carrie Prejean, Hubby Expecting
 Carrie Prejean, Hubby Expecting 

Carrie Prejean, Hubby Expecting

The ex-beauty queen's baby is due in May

(Newser) - Here it is, the next generation of beauty queens: Carrie Prejean is pregnant. The former Miss California married Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller in July and the two started trying for a baby just a month later, they tell Fox News . No word on whether it's a boy or girl,...

China Accused of Freezing Out Miss World Favorite
China Accused of Freezing Out Miss World Favorite

China Accused of Freezing Out Miss World Favorite

Snub thought to be related to anger over Nobel Peace Prize

(Newser) - Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize win has caused quite a backlash in China, where authorities are still cracking down on his supporters—and now the backlash has hit the Miss World contest, held this weekend on a Chinese island. Miss USA Alexandria Mills, 18, was crowned the winner amid speculation...

The Beauty Pageant Is Dead
 The Beauty Pageant Is Dead 

The Beauty Pageant Is Dead

Miss Universe is all business, no fun

(Newser) - Beauty pageants used to be “a hoot and a holler and a half,” but last night’s Miss Universe competition hailed their death. “Even as a gay man, I couldn't find joy or fun in last night's monument to wax figurines and Donald Trump,” writes Louis...

Miss Mexico Crowned Miss Universe

Jimena Navarrete wants to improve her country's image

(Newser) - Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete won last night’s Miss Universe pageant, giving her home country its second-ever Miss Universe title. “I want the whole world to know about my country and my people,” said Navarrete, 22, adding that she hopes her victory will help Mexico’s image. Miss...

Miss Universe Contestants Go Topless

 Miss Universe 
 Go Topless 
fresh photo scandal

Miss Universe Contestants Go Topless

It's another photo scandal, this time with body paint

(Newser) - Topless photos of a few Miss Universe contestants have emerged...but these are no secret. Like the Miss USA pageant before it , the Miss Universe pageant itself released the racy pictures of the ladies covered in body paint and little else. One female VP justifies it by calling the women...

Miss USA: Pole Dancing Just 'Silly' Fun

My family's 'proud of me'

(Newser) - The current Miss USA is surprised by the fallout from her participation in a pole-dancing event, calling it just "silly" fun. Rima Fakih squirms around a pole in a tape of the event in a sleeveless shirt, shorts and heels, far less revealing than the lingerie shoot Miss USA...

She's Not the First Arab-American Miss USA

Julie Hayek, of Lebanese descent, won in 1983

(Newser) - When Rima Fakih became Miss USA on Sunday, she was widely reported to be the first Arab-American to do so. In fact, Julie Hayek, whose father is Lebanese, won in 1983, notes USA Today . It's not clear whether Hayek also is Muslim, so Fakih may yet claim that "first....

Miss USA's Past Title: Best Stripper

Rima Fakih won 'Stripper 101' contest in 2007

(Newser) - Another year, another Miss USA, another scandal? Maybe. Depends on how long it takes for the buzz to shift from the fact that Michigan's Rima Fakih is the first Arab-American to wear the crown to the fact that she won an entirely different competition in 2007—a stripper contest. TMZ...

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