Posted tagged ‘Beauty Pageant’

Shanna Moakler Resigns as Miss California Pageant Director

May 13, 2009

Former beauty queen Shanna Moakler has resigned as executive director of the Miss California USA pageant.

This announcement comes just one day after titleholder Carrie Prejean was allowed by Donald Trump to keep her crown.

From the Associated Press:

Moakler, a former Miss USA , said in a statement issued by her publicist Wednesday that she no longer believes in the organization.

She had angrily accused Prejean on Monday of violating the contract she signed with pageant organizers by speaking out repeatedly on behalf of organizations opposed to gay marriage and by failing to disclose she had posed nearly nude for photographs as a teenager.

Pageant owner Donald Trump, who could have ousted Prejean, said Tuesday she will remain Miss Calfornia.

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Donald Trump Says Miss California USA Can Keep Her Crown

May 12, 2009

Donald Trump has announced that Miss California, Carrie Prejean, can retain her crown even though she failed to reveal she had posed in her underwear as a teenager.

From the Associated Press:

Trump also defended the answer that Prejean gave at last month’s Miss USA pageant when she was asked her view of marriage by judge Perez Hilton, a celebrity blogger. She said she believes marriage is between a man and a woman.

“It’s the same answer the president of the United States gave; it’s the same answer many people gave,” Trump said. “She gave an honorable answer; she gave an answer from her heart.”

Trump said he and other pageant officials had reviewed racy photos of Prejean and decided they were acceptable.

“We are in the 21st century. We have determined the pictures taken are fine,” he said, adding that “in some cases the pictures were lovely.”

Will Miss California Keep Her Crown?

May 11, 2009

Officials from the Miss California USA pageant have  criticized Carrie Prejean but have also stated that it’s not their decision whether she should be stripped of her crown.

From the Associated Press:

Co-executive directors Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler told a Beverly Hills press conference Monday that only Miss USA pageant owner Donald Trump can make that decision.

The state pageant has been investigating whether she violated her contract by making public appearances with groups opposed to same-sex marriage. Prejean also failed to reveal that she once posed in her underwear.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Officials with the Miss California USA Pageant said today in Beverly Hills that title-holder Carrie Prejean is in breach of contract and “entered the contest under false pretenses.” Donald Trump, who owns the Miss USA pageant, will decide tomorrow whether she will keep her crown.

Prejean didn’t inform contest officials about her involvement with anti-gay marriage organizations and failed to show up for public appearances as required under her contract with the Miss USA organization, said Keith Lewis and Shannon Moakler, co-executive directors of Miss California USA.

Prejean’s brief reign has been clouded by controversy over semi-nude photos and her comments on gay marriage. She made national headlines last month when during the Miss USA pageant she said that marriage should be between a man and woman.

She said in later interviews that she does not support gay marriage (California voters voted to prohibit gay marriage last November). Some have questioned whether her comments cost her the Miss USA title, and she’s been the subject of much criticism from pro-gay-marriage activists. Her supporters believe she is being singled out because of her views on gay marriage, which they say are the same as President Barack Obama’s.

Sarah Palin: From Beauty Pageant to Vice President?

August 30, 2008

It sounds like a plot to a bad movie but it is in fact what may happen come this November. The big story of the past 24 hours has been Senator John McCain’s surprising choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his choice for his running mate in the 2008 presidential election.

Associated Press

Credit: Associated Press

From the Wall Street Journal:

Palin is a relative unknown, a former Wasilla, Alaska, mayor who has served only two years as governor. She will spend the upcoming days and weeks introducing herself to voters. Here’s something they’ll learn: she is a former Miss Alaska contestant, the Miss America Organization touted today.

In 1984, Palin was chosen Miss Wasilla and went on to become the first runner-up in the Miss Alaska Pageant, but she won Miss Congeniality that year. Her family still holds ties to the pageant—her husband, Todd, was a judge in 2008’s Miss Alaska pageant.

From Newsweek:

In the months leading up to November’s election, John McCain will be campaigning with two former beauty queens at his side: his wife, Cindy, who was the Junior Rodeo Queen of Arizona in 1968, and his newly tapped vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who won her local pageant and was the runner-up for Miss Alaska in 1984. So what do pageants and politics have in common? Bonnie Faulk, the executive director of the Miss Alaska Scholarship Pageant, spoke with NEWSWEEK’s Samantha Henig about how the pageant world prepares young women for politics; which politicians could stand for some pageantry coaching; and why looking at fit bodies needn’t be about pleasure.

NEWSWEEK: Is it at all a surprise to you that a former Miss Alaska runner-up might end up in the White House?
Bonnie Faulk:
Absolutely not. These girls come through these pageants and are so well-spoken by the time they’ve completed the competition, it’s not surprising at all. Being poised and being able to be natural and comfortable, and speak in front of a podium, and in front of the press, is something that we really push with the Miss America organization.

Do you see a lot of contestants with political aspirations?
At this young stage in their life, I don’t know if we have a lot of political aspirations. At this stage, their goal is college and degrees.

Which politicians out there do you think could benefit from some pageant coaching?
You know, I love George Bush, but he just doesn’t speak that well. He’s a Texan, and it’s OK that he doesn’t speak that well. But we could all gain a little bit from pageants and speaking abilities, I think.