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Miss USA 2013 is Erin Brady Miss Connecticut USA

Erin Brady's victory creates pageant historyErin Brady, Miss Connecticut USA, a financial accountant from Hartford, Connecticut, was crowned the new Miss USA by outgoing queen Nana Meriwether... [Read More...]

Recap of the 2013 Miss USA Pageant

Erin Brady's victory creates pageant historyThe 2013 Miss USA pageant was won by Erin Brady, Miss Connecticut USA. The runners up were Miss Alabama USA, Miss Utah USA, who lost her chances with a botched pageant answer... [Read More...]

Miss Alabama USA Katherine Webb in swimsuit [PHOTO]

Before Miss Alabama USA Katherine WebbBefore Miss Alabama USA Katherine Webb captured the heart of Alabama's QB AJ McCarron and fans everywhere, she had already dazzled the crowd in the Top Ten at last summer's Miss USA. It's no surprise to Donald Trump who … [Read More...]

2013 Miss USA® Pageant will air live on June 16 on NBC at 9 pm

Miss USA 2012 Olivia CulpoTHE 2013 MISS USA® COMPETITION AIRED LIVE JUNE 16 ON NBC (9-11 P.M. ET) FROM PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO IN LAS VEGAS dick clark productions (dcp), Led by Barry Adelman, Returns as Executive Producer New York, … [Read More...]

Top 5 at Miss USA Pageant 2013 [PHOTO]

Top five at Miss USA Pageant 2013 [PHOTO]The top five at the 2013 Miss USA Pageant are show above. Miss Connecticut USA, Erin Brady (second from left) won the title of Miss USA 2013. Miss Alabama USA, Mary Margaret McCord, placed as 1st … [Read More...]

The final two at 2013 Miss USA Pageant [PHOTO]

The final two at 2013 Miss USA PageantView recap of 2013 Miss USA Pageant - Lists of semi-finalists, finalists, final questions, and queen and court View all Miss USA winners - List of all winners from 1950's to date and the states they … [Read More...]

Miss Utah’s bad pageant answer may have cost her the 2013 Miss USA crown!

Miss Utah's worst pageant answer at 2013 Miss USA PageantWhen it comes to bad pageant answers, Miss Utah USA, Marissa Powell, delivered what many consider to be the worst pageant answer ever ... surpassed only by the infamous answer by Miss South Carolina Teen USA at the 2007 Miss … [Read More...]

Nana Meriwether Miss USA 2012 shines during at 2013 pageant telecast

Nana Meriwether Miss USA 2012 shines during at 2013 pageant telecastView recap of 2013 Miss USA Pageant View all Miss USA winners View results for all Miss USA pageants … [Read More...]

Miss USA winners appear in PETA anti-fur ad

Miss USA winners appear in PETA anti-fur adFour Former Miss USA Pageant Winners -- Shandi Finnessey (2004), Susie Castillo (2003), Shanna Moakler (1995), and Alyssa Campanella (2011) - Team Up with PETA to Declare That They'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur Las … [Read More...]

Diamond Nexus Prepares crown for the new Miss USA 2013

Miss USA Crown by Diamond NexusThe preliminaries kicked off yesterday evening and the next Miss USA 2013 will be crowned this Sunday. Diamond Nexus, online retailer and maker of the crown, anticipates who the winner will be. Last night marked the … [Read More...]

2013 Miss USA® Pageant Judges are announced for competition airing Sunday June 16, 2013 on NBC

Miss USA® Pageant on June 16, 2013 on NBCNBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, present the judges for the 2013 MISS USA® Competition, which will broadcast live from Planet Hollywood … [Read More...]

Sponsors for the 2013 Miss USA Pageant are announced

2013 Miss USA PageantNew York, NY – June 6, 2013 – The Miss Universe Organization is proud to announce its sponsors for the 2013 MISS USA® Competition, which airs LIVE from Las Vegas on NBC Sunday, June 16 (9 p.m. ET) from PH Live in Planet … [Read More...]

2013 Miss USA® Pageant will air live on Sunday, June 16th on NBC

2013 Miss USA PageantNana Meriwether, Miss USA 2012, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour telecast. Contestants from 50 states and the District of Columbia will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and … [Read More...]

2013 Miss USA® fan vote presented by OPTX Rhode Island begin May 15th

2013 Miss USA PageantThe Miss Universe Organization is calling on all Miss USA fans to let their voices be heard during the 2013 MISS USA® Competition by casting a vote for their favorite contestant through the … [Read More...]

Miss USA Nana Meriwether, Miss Universe Olivia Culpo,  & Miss Teen USA Logan West hit the fashion scene in New York City

Olivia Culpo Miss Universe and Miss USA Nana MeriwetherWhile some New Yorkers choose to hibernate, others are making sure they look their best sitting front row at the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Lucky for our titleholders, they will be among those invited to do just … [Read More...]

Donald Trump crowns the new Miss USA Nana Meriwether at Trump Tower

Miss USA Nana MeriwetherOlivia Culpo, who was named Miss Universe 2013, crowns her Miss USA first runner-up as successor   Donald J. Trump crowns the new Miss USA, Nana Meriwether at Trump Tower in New York City … [Read More...]

Nana Meriwether is crowned Miss USA 2012…Replaces Miss USA Olivia Culpo who was crowned Miss Universe

Nana Meriwether Miss USA 2012Congratulations to Maryland's new Miss USA Nana Meriwether. The former 1st runner-up has assumed the title vacated by new Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo New York, NY – January 9, 2013 – Donald J. Trump and the Miss … [Read More...]

Miss Universe Olivia Culpo and Miss USA Nana Meriwether support LAFEST – the industry 5v5 soccer tournament

Olivia Culpo Miss Rhode Island USA and Miss Maryland USA Nana Meriwether at Miss USA PageantThis weekend Olivia and Nana will leave all heels at home and travel to the west coast to lace up their cleats and join soccer hall-of-famer Mia Hamm on the green turf on Sunday, March 24.  This year marks the first for the … [Read More...]

Shandi Finnessey, Miss USA 2004, competes for love on new NBC Series, “Ready for Love”

Shandi Finnessey, Miss USA 2004, Ready for LoveNBC announced today that its new relationship show “Ready for Love” has revealed the 36 women who will have the opportunity to compete for true love... Shandi Finnessey is a driven woman, who isn’t afraid to break boundaries. In fact, she became the first woman from Missouri to win the Miss USA title in 2004. She’s currently a TV host on an entertainment Web series [Read More...]

The 2013 Miss USA® Pageant will air on June 16 on NBC at 9 p.m. from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Nana Meriwether Miss USA 2012 closeup #3NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today that the 2013 MISS USA® Competition will air LIVE from Las Vegas on NBC Sunday, June … [Read More...]

Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether supports National Ravioli Day contest!

Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether - Ravioli Day!To help celebrate National Ravioli Day, Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether hosted a ravioli-eating contest with TV personality Jenny McCarthy at the newly-opened Buca di Beppo Restaurant in Times Square. Teams from the NYPD and … [Read More...]

Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo appears at America’s First Yellow Lounge to kick off “A New York City Classical Summer”

Miss USA 2012 Olivia CulpoEstablished seven years ago in the Berlin club scene, Yellow Lounge is a classics-meets-club concept, seeking out new spaces for an innovative sound and visual experience. A growing … [Read More...]

Alyssa Campanello Miss USA 2011 stars as hot robot in new Super Bowl ad

Alyssa Campanello Miss USA stars as hot robot in new Super Bowl adBeautiful Alyssa Campanella, Miss USA 2011, from California, starred in a Super Bowl commercial as a hot robot! … [Read More...]

Alyssa Campanella Miss USA 2011 launches her website!

Alyssa Campanella Miss USA 2011 websiteAlyssa Campanella, Miss USA 2011, has launched her new website and blog, www.alyssacampanella.com. Website: http://alyssacampanella.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alyssa-Campanella/215389354860 Twitter: … [Read More...]

The new Miss USA 2012 is Olivia Culpo, Miss Rhode Island USA

Miss USA 2012 Olivia CulpoOlivia Culpo, Miss Rhode Island USA  has won the 2012 Miss USA title! She was the finalists who ended up fielding the question from Twitter followers about how she would feel if a trans gender contestant won the Miss USA title over a natural-born female contestants. Congratulations to Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island! … [Read More...]

2012 Miss USA® Pageant to be televised live from Las Vegas on June 3rd (9-11 p.m.. ET)

2012 Miss USA® PageantThe Miss Universe Organization, announced today that the 2012 Miss USA® Pageant will air live on NBC Sunday, June 3 (9 p.m. ET) from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas at the Theatre for the Performing Arts. Andy Cohen, host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live” and Giuliana Rancic, co-anchor of “E! News,” will host the competition.… [Read More...]

Miss USA teams up with Rock the Vote to register young Americans

Miss USA 2012 Olivia CulpoMiss USA and 50 state titleholders register voters across the country on National Voters Registration Day Washington, DC – July 24, 2012 / The Miss Universe Organization and Rock the Vote have partnered to register … [Read More...]

Judges for 2012 Miss USA® Pageant announced

Miss USA pageantDonald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announce today the celebrities and experts who will judge for the 2012 MISS USA® pageant, which will be … [Read More...]

Miss USA Fans Will be Active Participants in the Interview Portion of the Competition

Miss USA pageantFor the first time ever, the Miss Universe Organization and dick clark productions will invite fans to ask a Final Question via twitter leading up to the 2012 MISS USA® telecast. Fans will tweet using … [Read More...]

Miss California USA crowned Miss USA 2011 during live telecast

Alyssa Campanella is crowned Miss USA 2011Las Vegas, NV - June 19, 2011 - This evening, during one of the year's most watched live television events, a star-studded panel of judges chose Miss California USA, Alyssa Campanella, as Miss USA 2011. Bravo's "Watch What … [Read More...]

Reminder: Miss USA® Pageant is June 19, 2011

NBC will broadcast 2011 Miss USA® Pageant Reminder: The Miss USA® Pageant will be televised on June 19th! Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2011, will crown her successor during the Pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. [...Read more]

Fan Voting Meter Announced For The 60th Annual Miss USA® Pageant

Miss USA® Pageant will be televised on June 19thThe Miss Universe Organization and dick clark productions will offer an on-screen interactive technology that will allow viewers of the Miss USA® Pageant to serve as 'virtual judges.' [...Read more]

Presenting the new winners of the Miss South Florida USA pageant

Presenting the new winners of the Miss South Florida USA and Miss South Florida Teen USA pageantsPresenting the new winners Miss South Florida USA, Jennifer Diaz, and Miss South Florida Teen USA, Daniela Albrecht, crowned at Rebeca Sosa Theater. The competition featured 10 contestants … [Read More...]

Erin Brady’s victory creates pageant history as queens from the Northeast now hold the triple crown – Miss USA, Miss Universe and Miss America

Erin Brady's victory creates pageant historyWhen Erin Brady's name was announced as the new Miss USA 2013, she instantly made pageant history on several fronts.  First, Brady is the first Miss Connecticut to win the Miss USA title. But her victory also launched … [Read More...]

The 2014 Miss Texas USA Pageant finals will be held on September 1, 2013

2014 Miss Texas USA PageantIn September 2013, over 100 outstanding young Texas women will travel to Houston, Texas to compete for the coveted title of Miss Texas USA® 2014 which is the official preliminary to MISS USA® and MISS UNIVERSE®. The … [Read More...]

New road to fame? Miss Alabama USA Katherine Webb wins newfound fame following the Tide’s win over Notre Dame

Miss Alabama USA Katherine WebbIn a new path to fame, the Alabama beauty steals the TV spotlight from the players...and gains Donald Trump's attention Before Miss Alabama USA Katherine Webb captured the heart of Alabama's QB AJ McCarron and fans … [Read More...]

Miss Universe Organization wins defamation lawsuit against former former Miss Pennsylvania USA

Miss Pennsylvania USA lawsuitDonald Trump's Miss Universe Organization secured a decisive victory in its defamation suit against the former Miss Pennsylvania USA contestant who publicly accused the Organization of … [Read More...]

The Miss Alabama USA Pageant invites you to be a part of the Miss Alabama USA Fantasy Camp!

Miss Alabama USA Fantasy CampThe Miss Alabama USA Pageant invites you to be a part of a new tradition!! Because it is never too early to learn the basic tools of success, the Miss Alabama USA Pageant system is beginning a new tradition: Miss Alabama … [Read More...]

PageantCenter.com blog reacts to Miss USA results

Miss USA 2012 Olivia CulpoPageantCenter.com blogged the results of the 2012 Miss USA Pageant throughout the telecast. Review the details of Sunday night's events and each contestant's pageant performance, leading up to the crowning of Rhode Island's Olivia Culpo as Miss USA 2012! … [Read More...]

The new Miss Texas USA® is Miss North Texas USA Ali Nugent

Miss Texas USA Ali Nugent

Ali Nugent was crowned Miss Texas USA 2013 on Sunday, September 2nd, in a competition featuring 110 contestants from throughout Texas. Hailing from Dallas and representing North Texas in the pageant, the 19-year-old, 5’9” brunette beauty has a heart as big as Texas. In high school she was president of Best Buddies … [Read More...]

2012 Miss USA® pageant invites fans to ask a final question using Twitter

Miss USA 2011, Alyssa Campanella onstage question at Miss USA PageantMiss USA® Pageant final five questions will come from fans via Twitter.  For the first time ever, The 2012 MISS USA® Competition will invite fans to ask a final question using Twitter leading … [Read More...]

Miss California USA Crowned Miss USA 2011

Alyssa Campanella is the new Miss USA 2011During one of the year’s most watched live television events, a star-studded panel of judges chose Miss California USA, Alyssa Campanella, as Miss USA 2011...Kelly Osbourne of E!’s “Fashion Police” and Susan Castillo, Miss USA 2003, were also on hand providing skybox color commentary throughout the LIVE telecast. [Read more...]

Miss USA® 2012 Live Stream, Beauty Pageant Las Vegas Competitors, Online Webcast Feed

Alyssa Campanella is crowned Miss USA 2011Live streaming theatre in Las Vegas at the 2012 Miss USA Beauty contest, live cam feed, lineup, schedule, online stream. The Miss USA 2012, the 61st Miss USA pageant will be held on … [Read More...]

Former Miss USA Christy Fichtner Endorses Terra Biotech’s Line of Nectr Products

Miss USA Christy Fichtner endoses NectrChristy Fichtner, the stunning former Miss USA 1986 and runner-up to Miss Universe serves as spokesperson for the line of natural products DALLAS, TX - Former Miss USA Christy Fichtner has stepped back into the spotlight to endorse Terra … [Read More...]

Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella is a Guest Judge on TLC’s “Cake Boss: Next Great Baker”

Miss USA Alyssa Campanella Takes the Cake! Miss USA® 2011 Alyssa Campanella makes a guest appearance alongside her favorite TV personality and master baker Buddy Valastro in an upcoming … [Read More...]

Miss Universe Leila Lopes and Miss USA Alyssa Campanella Walk the Runway for Sachika

Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella and Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes and  walk the runway for SACHIKA during New York's Fashion Week … [Read More...]

Miss California USA® Pageant Set To Break National Pageant Records

Miss California USA Pageant sets record for Miss USA pageant.The Miss California USA Pageant has registered the most contestants for any state in the history of the Mis USA pageant… [Read More...]

9th Annual Miss Miami Tropic Scholarship Beauty Pageant

Compete for Miss Miami Tropic Beauty Pageant Opportunity is knocking for those young ladies participating in the 2011 Miss Miami Tropic Scholarship Beauty Pageant. The pageant prides … [Read More...]

Brittany Booker is Miss Texas USA 2012

Brittany Booker Miss Texas USA 2012Brittany Booker was crowned Miss Texas USA® 2012 on Sunday, September 4th, in a competition featuring 123 contestants from throughout Texas. Representing Houston in the pageant, the … [Read More...]

Record Ratings for the Miss USA Pageant

The Miss USA Pageant's ratings soared among viewers ages 18-49 in banner year.Great Ratings New for the Miss USA® Pageant The pageant is the #1 telecast of the night on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox in adults ages 18-49 and total viewers.  Miss USA is up 57% in 18-49 rating … [Read More...]

First Miss USA® 2011 Press Conference

Alyssa Campanella Miss USA® 2011 press conference Alyssa Campanella, the new Miss USA® 2011, conducts her first press conference following her crowning on June 19th at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Courtesy … [Read More...]

Designer Sherri Hill Appointed Fashion Sponsor for 60th Miss USA® Pageant

Sherri Hill - Fashion Sponsor for 2011 Miss USA® PageantThe Miss Universe Organization announced Sherri Hill as the Official Fashion Sponsor for the 2011 Miss USA® Pageant.  For Oklahoma-based designer Sherri Hill, that means as the Miss USA® Pageant airs live from Las Vegas on June 19th, 51 of the most beautiful... [...Read more]

Miss Universe Organization and WME Expand Licensing Agent Relationship

The Miss Universe Organization announces today that it’s expanding its relationship with WME to develop a branded lifestyle merchandising program. As the organization celebrates 60 years of beauty and tradition, this agreement aims to extend the pageant’s iconic... [...Read more]

2011 Miss USA® Pageant Will be Broadcast Live on NBC on June 19th

NBC will broadcast 2011 Miss USA® Pageant The Miss USA® Pageant will celebrate its 60th anniversary at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas with a LIVE broadcast on Sunday, June 19 (9-11 p.m. ET). "We're very excited to announce that ‘The 2011 Miss USA® Pageant' will return to Las Vegas...[...Read more]

Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic are Hosts for 2011 Miss USA® Pageant

Miss USA® PageantAndy Cohen, host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live,” and Giuliana Rancic, co-anchor of “E! News,” will host the 2011 Miss USA® Pageant live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on June 19 (9 p.m. ET) on NBC... [...Read more]

Miss Universe® Taps Dick Clark Productions for 60th Miss USA® Pageant

The Miss Universe Organization has hired Dick Clark Productions (DCP) to executive produce the 60th Anniversary of the 2011 MISS USA® Pageant, which will air live Sunday, June 19 on NBC from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas at 9 pm ET... [...Read more]

Meet the Miss USA ® Pageant’s New Makeup … Rain Cosmetics

Rain Cosmetics - Miss USA Pageant New Makeup Rain Cosmetics announced today a partnership with the Miss Universe Organization as the new Official Cosmetics Sponsor The Las Vegas-based beauty brand will sponsor the 60th annual MISS USA ® Pageant, which will air on NBC Sunday, June 19 (9-11 p.m. ET)...[...Read more]

2011 Miss USA® Pageant Will be Broadcast Live on NBC on Sunday, June 19th (9-11 PM ET)

The MISS USA® Pageant will celebrate its 60th anniversary at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas with a LIVE broadcast on Sunday, June 19 (9-11 p.m. ET)

NEW YORK, NY - February 14, 2011 - NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of Miss Universe Organization, announced today that "The 2011 MISS USA® Pageant" will air on NBC Sunday, June 19 (9-11 p.m. ET) from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas at the Theatre for Performing Arts.

"We're very excited to announce that ‘The 2011 MISS USA® Pageant' will return to Las Vegas. We'll have 51 of the most beautiful women in the world competing in one of the best live shows on television," said Trump, who will again serve as executive producer of "The 2011 MISS USA® Pageant."

"We have had an amazing partnership with Planet Hollywood, Caesars Entertainment and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority," said Shugart. "Given our history with Las Vegas, I can think of no better place for us to celebrate our 60th anniversary. It's going to be a great party."

"This marks the fourth year the MISS USA® Pageant and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino have partnered to host this spectacular event," said David Hoenemeyer, general manager of Planet Hollywood Resort. "The MISS USA® Pageant exemplifies what Planet Hollywood is best known for, being the most exciting resort on the Las Vegas Strip for star-studded events and entertainment." The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Las Vegas is the official host hotel of "The 2011 MISS USA® Pageant."

In 2010, Rima Fakih of Michigan made history and broke several barriers as the first immigrant, Arab American and Muslim to be crowned Miss USA. Since being crowned, Rima has been traveling the world as an advocate for breast and ovarian cancer awareness, education, research and legislation.

"The 2011 MISS USA® Pageant" will feature contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Contestants will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. The show will conclude with one contestant ultimately being crowned Miss USA 2011.

The MISS USA® Pageant is a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture. Utilizing its nationwide grass roots infrastructure, the Miss Universe Organization is committed to increasing awareness of breast and ovarian cancers by forging relationships with organizations committed to research and education, such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Gilda's Club and the Same Sky Trade Initiative. For more information, visit: www.missusa.com.

Miss USA 2010 Will Appear on "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader"

The reigning Miss USA, Rima Fakih, visited her elementary school today in preparation for her upcoming appearance on the popular game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader.” Mrs. Cregan, Fakih’s fifth grade teacher at P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights, Queens, hosted the special assembly which recreated the game show with the school’s more than 200 fifth grade students. Fakih answered questions posed by the students about subjects including Math, Science and Social Studies.

Rima will travel to Los Angeles, California to compete in the televised game show. All of her winnings will benefit Gilda’s Club, one of the official Miss USA® cause alliances. Gilda’s Club is a network of affiliate clubhouses where men, women and children living with cancer meet to learn how to live with cancer, whatever the outcome. Fakih will spend the year of her reign working as an advocate for breast and ovarian cancer education and awareness.

Following today’s assembly, Fakih joined the students in the cafeteria for healthy boxed lunches provided by Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar. As the world's casual dining leader, Applebee’s offers a fun-filled environment for all ages, and has made a commitment to providing healthy eating alternatives for the entire family.

Miss USA 2010 Takes a Stand

As the first Muslim to be crowned, Miss USA, Rima Fakih isn't bothered by criticism that wearing bikinis and revealing clothing goes against the teachings of her religion.

During a brief stop in Houston this week, the newly crowned Miss USA said she hopes her new profile will help expand the notion of what it means to be a Muslim American. “My crown is history making,” said Fakih, 24, who was named Miss USA on May 16 in Las Vegas. “Many people don't understand the support I've received from the Muslim community. Hopefully, I can show an image beyond the stereotypes. No more judging by what you see on TV.” -- www.chron.com > Read full article

Muslim Beauty's Win of Miss USA Pageant Unleashes Beast

There is no doubt that Rima Fakih is a beauty. One look and you understand why Miss Michigan captured the Miss USA crown. Fakih is also a Lebanese immigrant, an Arab American. In the charged climate we live in, with angry pundits polarizing even insignificant events, those facts are a bigger draw than her pretty face. At 24, she may have no clue what she sashayed into.

Or maybe she does. The Miss USA pageant is co-owned by Donald Trump, a master marketer and no stranger to controversy. Critics say Fakih's pageant win has been a boon to an event that garners only middling TV ratings. The same was said last year when Miss California Carrie Prejean and her conservative Christian supporters claimed she lost her shot at the top tiara for voicing her opposition to gay marriage. > Read full article The Miami Herald

Miss Michigan Rima Fakih Wins 2010 Miss USA Pageant

A 24-year-old Arab American from Michigan beat out 50 other women to take the 2010 Miss USA title Sunday night, despite nearly stumbling in her evening gown. Rima Fakih of Dearborn, Mich., won the pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip after strutting confidently in an orange and gold bikini, wearing a strapless white gown that resembled a wedding dress and saying health insurance should cover birth control pills. When asked how she felt about winning the crown, she said, "Ask me after I've had a pizza." Read full articlewww.cbsnews.com/

Rima Fakih Miss Michigan Wins 2010 Miss USA Pageant

Las Vegas, NV - May 16, 2010 - This evening, during one of the year's most watched live television events, a star-studded panel of judges chose Miss Michigan USA, Rima Fakih, as MISS USA® 2010. Internationally-renowned chef and current "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Curtis Stone and "Today" show co-host and correspondent Natalie Morales hosted the 59th Annual MISS USA Pageant from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in one of the world's most electrifying cities, Las Vegas. The comedic mother-daughter duo Joan and Melissa Rivers were on hand providing backstage color commentary.

Ms. Fakih, 24, is from Dearborn, Michigan where she was raised with her younger brother. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, with a minor in Business Administration. After completing her reign as MISS USA, she plans to attend law school. She enjoys traveling, running, dancing, kickboxing and especially likes playing football and watching the NFL.

The judging panel for the 2010 MISS USA® Pageant included: Carmelo Anthony of the NBA's Denver Nuggets and a two-time Olympic medalist; Miss USA 2006, Tara Conner; best-selling author, chef and host of four shows on The Food Network, Paula Deen, star of NBC's hit comedy series, "The Office," Oscar Nunez; American businessman and real estate mogul, Phil Ruffin; Executive Fashion Editor at Large of Glamour magazine, Suze Yalof Schwartz; model, Melania Trump, who has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Vanity Fair and three-time National Champion figure skater and Olympian, Johnny Weir.

Boys Like Girls (BLG) performed their new song, "Heart Heart Heartbreak" for the first time ever during the swimsuit competition and Grand Ole Opry member Trace Adkins who had 27 charted singles and 14 Top Ten hits, debuted his latest single, "This Ain't No Love Song," during the evening gown portion of the competition

Throughout the two-hour event, the contestants competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Kristen Dalton, MISS USA 2009, crowned her successor at the conclusion of the telecast, before an estimated worldwide viewing audience of more than 250 million.

First Runner Up: Miss Oklahoma USA, Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, will assume the duties of Miss USA 2010 if the titleholder is named Miss Universe 2010 or if for some reason Miss USA cannot fulfill her duties.

Miss USA 2010 Winner and Runners-Up:

  • Miss USA 2010 - Miss Michigan, Rima Fakih
  • First Runner-Up - Miss Oklahoma USA, Morgan Elizabeth Woolard
  • Second Runner-Up - Miss Virginia USA, Samantha Casey

Miss USA 2010 Top 5:

  • Miss Michigan, Rima Fakih
  • Miss Oklahoma USA, Morgan Elizabeth Woolard
  • Miss Virginia USA, Samantha Casey
  • Miss Colorado USA, Jessica Hartman
  • Miss Maine USA, Katie Whittier

Miss USA 2010 Top 10:

  • Miss Michigan, Rima Fakih
  • Miss Oklahoma USA, Morgan Elizabeth Woolard
  • Miss Virginia USA, Samantha Casey
  • Miss Colorado USA, Jessica Hartman
  • Miss Maine USA, Katie Whittier
  • Miss California USA, Nicole Michele Johnson
  • Miss Tennessee USA, Tucker Perry
  • Miss Missouri USA, Ashley Strohmier
  • Miss Alabama USA, Audrey Moore
  • Miss Mississippi USA, Breanne Ponder

Miss World 2010 Top 15:

  • Miss Michigan, Rima Fakih
  • Miss Oklahoma USA, Morgan Woolard
  • Miss Virginia USA, Samantha Casey
  • Miss Colorado USA, Jessica Hartman
  • Miss Maine USA, Katie Whittier
  • Miss California USA, Nicole Michele Johnson
  • Miss Tennessee USA, Tucker Perry
  • Miss Missouri USA, Ashley Strohmier
  • Miss Alabama USA, Audrey Moore
  • Miss Mississippi USA, Breanne Ponder
  • Miss Arkansas USA, Adrielle Churchill
  • Miss Kansas USA, Bethany Gerber
  • Miss Wyoming USA, Claire Schreiner
  • Miss Pennsylvania USA, Gina Cerilli
  • Miss Nebraska USA, Belinda Wright
MISS PHOTOGENIC USA™ Award: Miss Alabama USA, Audrey Moore. The general public voted on www.nbc.com for the delegate who exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize as well as a Flip MinoHD Video Camcorder and jewelry from Diamond Nexus Labs.

MISS CONGENIALITY USA™ Award: Miss Nebraska USA, Belinda Wright. The award reflects the respect and admiration of the contestant's peers, who voted for her as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize as well as a Flip MinoHD Video Camcorder and jewelry from Diamond Nexus Labs. The MISS USA® 2010 prize package includes: a custom diamond tiara and jewelry designed by Diamond Nexus Labs; a shoe wardrobe from Nina Footwear; a one year scholarship (including housing) from the New York Film Academy; hair care products and tools from Farouk Systems; eveningwear wardrobe by Sherri Hill; a Flip MinoHD Video Camcorder; a collection of fashion-fresh Heys USA luggage; luxury accommodations in a New York City apartment for the duration of her reign, including living expenses; a year-long salary as Miss USA; personal services including membership to Gravity Fitness and hair services from John Barrett Salon; modeling portfolio by leading fashion photographer Fadil Berisha; dermatology and skincare services provided by Dr. Cheryl Thellman-Karcher; professional health and nutrition consultation by Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD and dental services by Dr. Jan Linhart, D.D.S.; casting opportunities and professional representation by the Miss Universe Organization; extensive travel opportunities representing sponsors and charitable partners; year long consultation with a fashion stylist and access to a personal appearance wardrobe and the opportunity to represent the USA at the 2010 Miss Universe pageant this summer in Las Vegas.

The MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® pageants are a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture. Utilizing its nationwide grass roots infrastructure, the Miss Universe Organization is committed to increasing awareness of breast and ovarian cancers. By forging relationships with organizations committed to research and education, such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Gilda's Club. For more information, visit: www.missusa.com.  

Miss USA Defends Pole-arizing Stripper Pics

And here we thought Lindsay Lohan had a lock on offering up the oddest excuse of the day. Well folks, a new challenger has stepped into the ring! Pole-friendly Miss USA Rima Fakih stopped by the Today show this morning and, after paying lip service to her world-peace-seeking win on the pageant circuit, she addressed the controversy du jour. Rima, you see, was doing nothing more than being a solid friend. "I just want to say, I can't deny the pictures, obviously people can see them on TV right now," she told Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer this morning. Read full article www.eonline.com/

Leftist Hollywood Injects Divisive Politics Into Miss USA® Pageant… Again

Leftist Hollywood Injects Divisive Politics Into Miss USA PageantYou would think that after last year’s Perez Hilton debacle Miss USA®officials would have put some serious controls over the questions this year’s judges were allowed to ask the pageant contestants. Instead, Sunday’s event had actor Oscar Nuńez of NBC’s “The Office” grilling Miss Oklahoma on the recently passed anti-illegal immigration law in Arizona....

The question itself is nearly incomprehensible but Miss Oklahoma, Morgan Woolard, handles it with grace, aplomb, and intelligence. Naturally, she didn’t win. Read full article  www.bighollywood.breitbart.com

Miss USA® Pageant finds itself in another controversy involving pictures

The Internet is abuzz today with a new wrinkle in the marketing of the once squeaky-clean Miss USA® Pageant. Instead of merely sporting the beautiful ball gowns for their official portrait the contestants typically don; this year the beauty queens are posing in lingerie, fishnet stockings, and racy bras - quite a departure from when the pageant first started in 1950.  Read full article latimesblogs.latimes.com

2010 Miss USA Pageant Will Broadcast Live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

NEW YORK, N.Y. – NBC and Paula M. Shugart, President of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today that the “2010 MISS USA Pageant” will air on Sunday, May 16th (7-9 p.m. ET) from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas at the Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The evening will be a “Trump” night as the live pageant will lead in to NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” which airs immediately following the telecast (9-11 p.m. ET).

“Las Vegas has become our home away from home. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority have been incredible hosts and we plan on showing our contestants exactly why we keep coming back,” said Shugart. “Las Vegas is tailor made to host an event like Miss USA and it always makes for an exciting world wide telecast. In 2009 viewers from over 95 countries and territories tuned in to see who would be crowned Miss USA and go on to compete at Miss Universe.”

“Las Vegas is once again excited to welcome the Miss USA pageant,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “Our continued partnership with the Miss Universe Organization enables us to further relationships with global brands that value our market and share our values.”

“We look forward to welcoming back the Miss Universe Organization this May,” said Robert Earl, co-chairman of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. “The Miss USA Pageant is a marquee event for Las Vegas, showcasing to a national and international audience the many highlights of the Entertainment Capitol of the World. The partnership with the Miss Universe Organization, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Planet Hollywood has been a great success and we look forward to our continued role as the host property for many years to come.”

Miss USA 2009, Kristen Dalton, who was crowned at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has been traveling the nation as an advocate for breast and ovarian cancer awareness, education, research and legislation. She will crown her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour primetime telecast, before an estimated viewing audience, in the U.S. alone, of over 7 million. Each contestant from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. The show will conclude with one contestant ultimately being crowned MISS USA® 2010.

Donald J. Trump will again serve as executive producer of “The 2010 MISS USA® Pageant.”

The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Las Vegas is the official Host Hotel of MISS USA® 2010.

Nick Jonas and Jordin Sparks Announced as Co-Chairs of the National Youth Leadership Committee of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration

Los Angeles, CA—The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced today the formation of the National Youth Leadership Committee for the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration. Each of these 38 young athletes, entertainers, and student leaders have been inspired in a personal way by President Reagan’s vision of freedom and the example of his leadership. Committee members will participate in the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration representing America’s next generation of leaders. “We need you. We need your youth. We need your strength. We need your idealism to help us make right that which is wrong,” President Reagan declared on May 17, 1981, in a commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. “Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.”

Together, committee members have earned awards and accolades that include:

• 18 Olympic Medals • 11 NCAA All-American Selections • 5 NCAA Championships • 2 NCAA Players of the Year • 2 Platinum Records • 1 Miss USA Crown

"Ronald Reagan is a personal hero of mine,” said 18‐year‐old singer/songwriter Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. “I admire the way he stood up for causes he believed were right, no matter what." “Ronald Reagan’s optimism and graciousness is a model for me in my career,” said 20‐year‐old Grammy nominated, Platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks. “I’m honored to be a part of this leadership committee and give back just a fraction of the blessings I’ve received.”

NBC Signs on to Broadcast the Miss USA® Pageant for Three Years<

NEW YORK and UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - March 8, 2010 - NBC has renewed its exclusive agreement with Donald Trump and the Miss Universe Organization to broadcast the "Miss Universe" and "Miss USA" pageants on the network for three additional years effective in 2011. Telemundo is also on board to continue its hugely successful Spanish language simulcast of "Miss Universe" as well as its top-rated pageant lead-in special, "Camino a la Corona." The announcement was made today by Donald Trump, Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart and Jeff Gaspin, Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment.

"There's been renewed interest in this series of beauty pageants, especially among a new generation of younger viewers," said Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming and Production, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. "NBC is proud to maintain this unique American cultural tradition as a viable series of competitive programming specials that continue to be a popular source of entertainment."

"I am honored to continue this partnership with NBC," said Trump. "The Miss Universe Organization continues to outshine its competitors by showcasing the most beautiful women in some of the most exotic locations around the world on the best television networks. Last year 'The 2009 Miss Universe Pageant' alone was seen in over 195 countries worldwide and 'The 2009 Miss USA Pageant' was viewed in 100. There are very few live worldwide broadcasts that come close to competing with Miss USA and Miss Universe."

"NBC continues to be a wonderful broadcast partner," said Miss Universe Organization president, Paula M. Shugart. "Together over the past eight years we have proven these pageants continue to be relevant in the worldwide marketplace. Telemundo's Spanish language simulcast and preshow have added to the glamour and glitz of one of the most well known, sought after organizations in the world, the Miss Universe Organization."

"The 2010 Miss USA Pageant" is set to air live on NBC on Sunday, May 16 (7-9 p.m. ET) from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. "Las Vegas has proven to be the perfect location for our worldwide broadcast," Shugart added. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority by making Las Vegas our home for the years to come."

Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Appear in New York Daily News

Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA appear in the New York Daily News!

On February 12, 2010, Miss Universe Stefania Hernandez, Miss USA Kristen Dalton and Miss Teen USA Stormee Henley, appeared in the New York Daily News when they made an appearance at the James Peters Veteran's Medical Center in the Bronx where they gave out Valentine's Day cards and gifts to injured veterans.  They are show above visiting disabled soldier, pfc Roberto Reyes.

Carrie Prejean, ex-Miss California USA, is Engaged!

Carrie Prejean is engaged. The embattled beauty queen, who was dethroned from the Miss California title last year, became engaged over the weekend to St. Louis Rams quarterback Kyle Boller, Carrie's mother, Francine Coppola, told Access Hollywood on Monday. According to Francine, Carrie, 22, described the proposal as similar to a scene out of 2004's romance film "The Notebook," which starred Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Kyle, 28, presented his bride to be with a 5 carat diamond ring... www.omg.yahoo.com >Read full article

Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton called to duty by USO

New York, NY – On Veterans Day, Kristen Dalton, Miss USA 2009, visited the historic Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum where she announced that she has been called to duty by the USO and will spend the Thanksgiving holiday by giving back to military men, women and their families at Fort Drum Installation Base, home of the 10th Light Infantry Division.

With over 30,000 military men, women, staff members and their families who are based in this New York State camp, Kristen will serve up holiday meals, visit with enlisted soldiers and their families as well as host a movie night. “I can’t think of anything I want to do more this Thanksgiving than visit our troops.

These men and women have given so much for this country and I am honored to be spending this very special holiday with them,” said Kristen Dalton. “I urge all Americans to find a way to volunteer and give back in their honor.” ServiceNation, the groundbreaking nationwide campaign to advance service and volunteerism also announced today that Miss USA will be an Ambassador for their organization. Miss USA will travel the nation encouraging Americans to volunteer and champion service as a core element of citizenship. To find out how you can serve, visit www.servicenation.org.

Sideshow: Ex-pageant winner drops her suit

It's a scandal-heavy week. So strap in and . . . squirm. The infamously defrocked California pageant princess Carrie Prejean and Miss USA pageant organizer K2Productions have reached a settlement in their dueling lawsuits. A triumph for the spirit of reconciliation and love? Not exactly, says TMZ. The celeb news outlet contends that Carrie, who claimed she was stripped of her Miss California title in June due to religious discrimination, dropped her suit seconds after K2 lawyers showed her a hard-core vid in which she performed solo sex acts. TMZ says that, under the terms of the settlement, Carrie will be paid . . . $0, while her lawyers and publicist will get $100,000. K2 dropped its lawsuit, which accused Carrie of failing to repay $5,200 for her breast-augmentation surgery. Miss California USA has said it dethroned Carrie for failing to attend contractually obligated appearances and making paid appearances without the org's approval. Carrie made headlines when she told Miss USA judge Perez Hilton she opposed gay marriage because of her deeply held convictions as a Christian. www.philly.com >Read article

Former Miss USA Shawnae Jebbia Shines with Siemens Pure

When Shawnae Jebbia won the Miss USA crown in 1998, it was the start of a fairytale career. She appeared at events throughout the world, worked as a model, and hosted her own fitness show. But Shawnae's world unexpectedly changed when she was diagnosed with hearing loss. After living a life full of traveling and adventure, she had a difficult time understanding and accepting the sudden hearing loss diagnosis she faced at just 27 years of age. Now, Shawnae wears Siemens Pure® 700 hearing instruments, which have completely changed her life for the better. Thanks to the sophisticated new hearing instruments and Shawnae's bright and optimistic attitude, she has become a remarkable and humble role model for people with hearing loss.

Shawnae Jebbia had a thriving career as an outgoing, energetic television personality when she began to notice changes in her hearing. At first Shawnae attributed the changes to her busy travel schedule and recurring allergies, until she was unexpectedly diagnosed with Meniere's disease, a condition that is characterized by fluctuating hearing loss, tinnitus or ringing in the ears, and dizziness.

Shawnae found it difficult to keep up with the disease when she was first diagnosed, as she struggled to understand the condition and the steps that she needed to take to address it. But as a result of her diagnosis, Shawnae knew that the smart thing to do was to seek help from hearing instruments, a decision that she is grateful for to this day. Shawnae was fit with Siemens Pure 700 hearing instruments, which feature the most advanced hearing technology in an almost invisible, ultra-small platform.
 
"Pure is so tiny no one notices it. Not even me. Both personally and socially, it gives me the confidence to do what I want," Shawnae says. "Pure hides, so I can shine."

Siemens Pure hearing instruments are equipped with intuitive technology that reduces the volume for loud sounds while increasing it for soft sounds. Siemens revolutionary TruEar® technology stimulates the acoustical functions of the outer ear while separating sounds in front of the wearer from sounds behind the wearer. Pure includes e2e® technology, which wirelessly synchronizes both instruments so the wearer can localize sounds from left to right. Sound Brilliance, another new technology, enhances the perception of high-pitched sounds to give the wearer a richer, fuller and more natural hearing experience.

Pure hearing instruments also feature FeedbackBlocker to automatically eliminate feedback patterns, providing ultimate sound comfort. SoundSmoothing® reduces annoying sounds such as dishes clanging, without affecting speech. Shawnae's Pure 700 hearing instruments go even further with Siemens enhanced SoundLearning®, which not only remembers her volume preferences, but also learns her sound quaility preferences.

Shawnae has further enhanced her Pure 700 hearing instruments with the Siemens Tek® wireless system, which streams audio directly from televisions, cell phones and MP3 players into her Pure instruments using Bluetooth® wireless technology. Tek allows for phone signals to be transmitted to both ears, giving the hearing instrument wearer an advantage that other people do not have.

"Listening to the phone in both ears is amazing! And it was great to watch TV again without having to read subtitles," Shawnae says. "Tek has opened up new worlds for me. It's with me wherever I go." --Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ 

Kristen Dalton in Page Six

On May 21st, 2009, the New York Post's famed 'Page Six' celebrity column paid credence to Kristen Dalton's recent appearance at Project Sunshine’s Sixth Annual Benefit Celebration, P.S. I Love You. Other notable attendees were New York Giant David Diehl, child actors Abigail Breslin of 'Little Miss Sunshine' and Rachel Covey of 'Enchanted', female boxer and daugher of Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali and Sports Illustrated models Esti Ginzburg and Tori Praver.

Former Miss California USA sues pageant officials

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Carrie Prejean has filed a lawsuit against Miss California USA officials who stripped her of her title, accusing them of libel and religious discrimination for her views on same-sex marriage. Carrie Prejean was stripped of her Miss California USA title earlier this year. "We will make the case that her title was taken from her solely because of her support of traditional marriage," her attorney, Charles LiMandri, said in a news release.

Carrie Prejean was stripped of her Miss California USA title earlier this year. Prejean stepped into controversy at the Miss USA pageant in April when, in response to a question from a judge, she declared her opposition to same-sex marriage.

Prejean finished as first runner-up. The complaint was filed in Superior Court of California against Miss California USA officials Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler, as well as publicist Roger Neal. It alleges that Prejean suffered because of "libel, public disclosure of private facts, religious discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent infliction of emotional distress. -- Article and photo courtesy of CNN > Read full article

Ousted Miss California Has a Story, and a Book Deal

Dethroned beauty queen Carrie Prejean is set to share her story of alleged persecution by liberals and the media in a new book called 'Still Standing.' Conservative book house Regnery Publishing announced the deal on Monday. In a press release by the publisher, Prejean blames her opposition to gay marriage and the "unprecedented personal attacks" that followed for her downfall. -- www.popeater.com > Read full article

Dethroned beauty queen to speak to GOP youth...Stance on gay marriage, her racy teen photos have kept model in headlines Carrie Prejean, the blonde beauty queen who grabbed national attention after her controversial remarks on gay marriage at the 2009 Miss USA pageant, will come to Simi Valley next month to speak at the Young Republican Federation of California convention. The 22-year-old San Diego native is scheduled to deliver the keynote address during a dinner banquet Sat., Aug. 15. Ventura County Young Republicans (VCYR) is hosting the event. Convention chair Danielle White, 24, said the former Miss California was chosen to speak because the majority of the county's young GOP voters— those between the ages of 18 and 28—can relate to her. --www.thecamarilloacorn.com  > Read full article

Miss Texas USA: What Really Happens at Pageants

Miss Texas USA: What Really Happens at Pageants...Now that the wind is dying down since the Miss California vs. Perez Hilton fiasco, I wonder when pageantry will stay where it belongs: the last century. I know you're I entered Miss Texas USA for the same reason high school guys ask girls out to the prom: to put another notch in my belt. I want to say I have done everything humanly possible we consider accomplishments, whatever that means in today's society, and having seen that a girl in Illinois earned speaking engagements before she ever even won Miss Illinois (and later Miss America), it seemed like a good idea at the time. -- www.huffingtonpost.com > Read full article

Carrie Prejean Gives Her Side of the Story

She might be out of a job, which is not out of the lime light. For Miss California Carrie Prejean goes "On the Record. Now, after the Miss USA pageant, Carrie Prejean made headlines when she answered a question about gay marriage. Prejean says she does not support it, and came in second place in the Miss USA contest. After the pageant, blogger and pageant judge Perez Hilton Prejean publicly, even called her the "b word." When next Prejean got involved in a very public fight with the pageant, Belgium stepped in, and he let her keep the Miss California title. But then there was another turn of events -- suddenly, she is fired. The Miss California pageant says Prejean breached contract and no longer Miss California. Earlier today we spoke with the now former Miss California. --On the Record w/ Greta / www.foxnews.com  / Photo credit: FNC Read full interview....

Meet Your New Miss California, Tami Farrell

Tami Farrell has taken over Carrie Prejean's responsibilities as Miss California. The former first runner up was pressed into service after Prejean was fired by Donald Trump and pageant officials on Wednesday. FOXNews.com got the first online interview with Farrell, and asked her about the tumultuous past 24 hours.

FOX: Congratulations. Bit of a strange way of becoming Miss California?

Tami Farrell: Yes, it was definitely a crazy

phone call to receive, but I’m excited to represent the state. I only found out yesterday! It was definitely some interesting news to receive but I’m just so excited. -- Fox News / www.foxnews.com

Photo by Ash Gupta > Read more of her interview with Fox News....

California Carrie Prejean Loses Her Crown

Miss California Carrie Prejean Loses Her CrownLess than a month after being told by Donald Trump that she can keep her Miss California crown, Carrie Prejean was fired on Wednesday.

In a release first obtained by FOXNews.com, K2 Productions, the independent producers of the Miss California USA pageant, under license from Miss Universe, cited continued breach of contract issues as the reason for Prejean's firing. -- Fox News / www.foxnews.com Read more....

Ex-Miss California USA: Pageant director never supported me

Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean wants to set the record straight
Carrie Prejean says pageant officials wanted her to make appearances for Playboy and a gay movie premiere.Carrie Prejean says pageant officials wanted her to make appearances for Playboy and a gay movie premiere.

Prejean garnered widespread criticism when she declared her opposition to same-sex marriage in a response to a question posed to her during the Miss USA pageant. Prejean was allowed to keep her Miss California USA crown in May, despite a controversy over topless photos and missed appearances. However, state pageant

Executive Director Keith Lewis took her crown on Wednesday, saying it was a business decision based solely on "contract violations." Prejean offered her side of the story when she spoke with CNN's Larry King on Friday. She also discussed whether she would sue to reclaim her title and her future plans. The following is an edited version of the interview. --CNN Read more....

Carrie Prejean ousted as Miss California USA

Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, who stirred up trouble for herself when she said gays shouldn't be allowed to marry, got two dreaded words from pageant poobah Donald Trump on Wednesday: "You're fired." Trump and other pageant leaders said Prejean was being sacked not because of the remarks but because she hadn't been holding up her end of the agreement she signed when she entered the pageant. "Carrie is a beautiful young woman and I wish her well as she pursues her other interests," Trump said. Prejean spokeswoman Melany Ethridge declined to comment, saying she hadn't been able to reach the former beauty queen since the announcement of her ouster. "This was a decision based solely on contract violations, including Ms. Prejean's unwillingness to make appearances on behalf of the Miss California USA organization," the California pageant's executive director, Keith Lewis, said in a statement. -- Associated Press / USA Today / www.usatoday.com Read more....

Carrie Prejean ousted as Miss California USA

Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, who stirred up trouble for herself when she said gays shouldn't be allowed to marry, got two dreaded words from pageant poobah Donald Trump on Wednesday: "You're fired." Trump and other pageant leaders said Prejean was being sacked not because of the remarks but because she hadn't been holding up her end of the agreement she signed when she entered the pageant.

"Carrie is a beautiful young woman and I wish her well as she pursues her other interests," Trump said. Prejean spokeswoman Melany Ethridge declined to comment, saying she hadn't been able to reach the former beauty queen since the announcement of her ouster. "This was a decision based solely on contract violations, including Ms. Prejean's unwillingness to make appearances on behalf of the Miss California USA organization," the California pageant's executive director, Keith Lewis, said in a statement. --Associated Press / USA Today / www.usatoday.com Read more....

Carrie Prejean fires back after losing Miss California USA crown

In an interview with TMZ, deposed Miss California Carrie Prejean said that she was "shocked" at the news she had been stripped of her crown and fired back at pageant owner Donald Trump and the pageant producers. Prejean, who was fired by Trump for failing to get clearance for extracurricular activities, claims in response that pageant head Keith Lewis actually encouraged her to pose for Playboy magazine and appear in the reality series "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!" Prejean, who sparked controversy with comments she made against gay marriage, insists the real motivation behind her firing was political: "What's behind this, I think, is a political debate. They don't agree with the stance that I took [on California's Proposition 8].... From day one they wanted me out, and they got what they wanted." -- Josh Rottenberg / Entertainment Weekly / news-briefs.ew.com Read more....

Trump Rules: Miss California Is Not Fired

At the end of a nearly half-hour ceremony cum press conference, Donald Trump slung a glittery white “Miss California USA” sash across Carrie Prejean. Then they hugged and kissed. It was a happy ending to what Ms. Prejean and Mr. Trump had described as a traumatic period of “abuse” of her because she had said honestly that she believes marriage should be between one man and one woman. Ms. Prejean noted that both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton share that view.

In a question-and-answer period, Mr. Trump declined to state his own view on same-sex marriage. “This isn’t about me,” he said, to some laughter among the news media. “Come on, Donald, say it,” Ms. Prejean prodded, but to no avail. He said that gay marriage is a big, complicated issue, and that he understands both sides. -- The New York Times    Read more.... 

Donald Trump tells Carrie Prejean: You're NOT fired!

Donald Trump announced this morning at a news conference in New York that Carrie Prejean will remain Miss California and serve out her term. About her answer to the same-sex marriage question from Judge No. 8 Perez Hilton Trump allowed that she gave a “very honest answer when asked a tough question,” pointing out that “it was the same answer that the president of the United States gave.”

As for the topless photos, Trump said, “We’ve reviewed the photos carefully,” adding that “we are in the 21st century. Carrie’s a model, a very successful model. We have determined that the pictures taken are fine, the pictures were acceptable." As for any miscommunication between Carrie and the Miss California pageant officials, Trump said the problem had been “totally solved.” What do you think of the Donald's call?  Los Angeles Times Read more....

Carrie Prejean remains Miss California

Miss California blamed Satan for Perez Hilton asking her about same-sex marriage. Carrie Prejean said on the "Focus on the Family" radio show this week that Satan was trying to tempt her. However, Prejean did make it clear Satan and Hilton were not in cahoots together. Dr. James Dobson: Why did you give the answer you did with regard to the affirmation of marriage?

Prejean: "Honestly, I felt as though Satan was -- and I don't want to say that this person represented Satan, but -- I felt as though Satan was trying to tempt me in asking me this question. And then God was in my head and in my heart saying, 'Carrie, do not compromise this. You need to stand up for me. You need to share with all these people. If there were 95 percent of the people in the audience that were gay, you need to witness to them, and you need to show that you're not willing to compromise that for this title of Miss USA.'"

--www.nbclosangeles.com  Read more....

Character Assassins Gunning for Miss California, Supporters Say

The slew of attacks against Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, who answered a question about gay marriage during the Miss USA pageant two weeks ago, have been nothing short of a systematic "character assassination," her supporters say. "They're really going after her," Focus on the Family President Jim Daley said of Prejean, whose critics have gone so far as to compare her to a Nazi war criminal. "She's being attacked for her opinion; she's getting creamed for just giving her perspective. It's just another example of the intolerant left.... There seems to be greater scrutiny on her now that she's given that answer," said Daley, whose non-profit Evangelical organization also does not support gay marriage. "I guess in some people's eyes she's become this pariah." -- FoxNews  Read more....

Dethroning Day for Miss California?

Scandalized Beauty Queen Carrie Prejean Could Lose Her Crown Today

Is today the day Carrie Prejan will lose her coveted Miss California crown? Miss California USA co-directors Shannon Moakler and Keith Lewis are to hold a news conference in Beverly Hills today, presumably to discuss the controversy surrounding Prejean. While Prejean is not on the list of expected attendees, Tami Farrell, the first runner up to Miss California USA 2009, is. Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe Organization, is expected to hold a news conference in New York Tuesday to discuss the beauty queen scandal. -- ABC News, ABC News Photo Illustration

Will Miss California Lose Crown After Leaked Nude Photos?

One minute, she was a step away from the Miss USA crown. The next, it seems, this year’s Miss California is a heartbeat away from losing it all. The directors of the Miss California pageant, Shannon Moakler and Keith Lewis, are holding a press conference today to discuss the controversy surrounding Carrie Prejean, the current Miss California and Miss USA first runner up. Rumors have been flying that pageant directors might be stripping Prejean of her crown. --www.gossipjackal.com

Miss California vs. pageant officials: It’s war

As beauty pageant officials and gay-rights advocates increase the pressure on Miss California USA to back off her controversial comments opposing same-sex marriage, Carrie Prejean is not retracting them. Instead, she’s digging in her spike heels and fighting back.

“I was attacked for giving my own opinion on the stage of the Miss USA contest. And I’m going to do whatever it takes to protect marriage. It’s something that is very dear to my heart,” Prejean told TODAY’s Matt Lauer Thursday in an exclusive interview from Washington, D.C.

The first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant was in the nation’s capital to help the National Organization for Marriage launch a campaign against same-sex marriage. And she wasn’t wearing her pageant smile. -- Mike Celizic, TODAYShow.com contributor, MSNBC.com

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