Posted tagged ‘Pageant’

Miss California USA Sued

October 21, 2009

Miss California USA officials want Carrie Prejean to repay $5,200 they say she borrowed to have her breasts augmented last year.

From CNN:

The demand was a response to a lawsuit filed by Prejean in which she claimed pageant officials violated the former beauty queen’s privacy by acknowledging to reporters that her breasts were fake.

The truth about Prejean’s breasts “ceased being private during the swimsuit competition of the nationally televised Miss USA pageant, in which Ms. Prejean walked the stage in a bikini,” pageant lawyers said.

Prejean’s lawyer said the pageant filing was part of an “ongoing smear campaign” against her.

“They have proven, once again, that they will use whatever scurrilous accusations they can dredge up — or invent — to try and tarnish Carrie’s reputation and her good name,” Charles LiMandri said.

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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.

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.