Beauty pageant controversies

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  1. Vanessa Williams

    Vanessa Williams


    Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American actress and singer who is particularly well known for her roles as Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty, Renee Perry in Desperate Housewives, and Teri Joseph in the 1997 feature film Soul Food. She initially gained recognition as the first African American woman to win the title of Miss America (during the Miss America 1984 pageant on September 17, 1983). Seven weeks before the end of her reign, however, a scandal arose when Penthouse magazine bought and published unauthorized nude photographs of Williams. She relinquished her title and was succeeded by the first runner-up, Miss New Jersey 1983, Suzette Charles. Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning multiple Grammy and Emmy nominations and a Tony Award nomination. She is also the recipient of 7 NAACP Image Award and 3 Satellite Awards. In September, 2015 at the Miss America 2016 pageant, Miss America CEO Sam Haskell apologized to Williams (who was serving as head judge) for what was said to her by the Miss America Organization during the events of 1984.

  2. Alicia Machado

    Alicia Machado


    Yoseph Galicia Machado Fajardo (born December 6, 1976 in Maracay) is a Venezuelan actress, TV Host, singer and beauty queen who won Miss Universe 1996. She was the fourth woman from Venezuela to be named Miss Universe.

  3. Danielle O'Hara

    Danielle O'Hara


    Danielle Lloyd (formerly O'Hara; born 16 December 1983) is an English glamour model. A former Miss England (2004) and Miss Great Britain (2006), she first rose to prominence when she was stripped of her Miss Great Britain title after posing nude in the December 2006 edition of Playboy magazine and her alleged affair with one of the pageant's judges, her then-boyfriend, footballer Teddy Sheringham. Her title was reinstated in 2010. She won the celebrity edition of The Weakest Link in 2008 and Total Wipeout in 2010. Danielle married footballer Jamie O'Hara in May 2012.

  4. Tara Conner

    Tara Conner


    Tara Elizabeth Conner (born December 18, 1985) is an American actress, model and beauty queen who was Miss USA 2006 and has also competed in the Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe pageants. Apart from her role as Miss USA, Conner has been employed as a model. She was a featured model on the HDNet series Bikini Fantasies in 2004, posing in Lake Tahoe. She has also held the titles Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2002, Miss Kentucky County Fair 2004, and Miss Kentucky USA 2006.

  5. Aylar Lie

    Aylar Lie


    Aylar Dianati Lie (Persian: آیلار لی‎; born 12 February 1984) is a Norwegian actress and model of Iranian descent and former pornographic actress. She is currently working in the music industry as a music video actress and singer, having featured in several of Swedish DJ Basshunter's music videos. She became famous after participating in the Norwegian "Big Brother". Due to a turbulent domestic situation she was taken away from her parents and grew up in foster care. She speaks Norwegian, Persian and English fluently.

  6. Kari Ann Peniche

    Kari Ann Peniche


    Kari Ann Peniche (/pɛˈn/ pe-NEE-chay; born March 20, 1984) is an actress and entertainer from Fairview, Oregon. She has held the Miss Oregon Teen USA and Miss United States Teen titles. She was stripped of the latter title after appearing nude in the November 2004 issue of Playboy magazine.

  7. Oksana Fedorova

    Oksana Fedorova


    Oxana Gennadyevna Fedorova (Russian: Оксана Геннадьевна Фёдорова, Oksana Gennad'yevna Fyodorova; married name: Оксана Геннадьевна Бородина, Oksana Gennad'yevna Borodina; born December 17, 1977) is a Russian actress, singer, beauty queen, television presenter and retired police officer.

  8. Leona Gage

    Leona Gage


    Mary Leona Gage (April 8, 1939 – October 5, 2010) was an American actress, model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss USA 1957, the first from that state to capture the Miss USA crown. She was stripped of her title when it was revealed that she was 18, married, and the mother of two children.

  9. Carrie Prejean

    Carrie Prejean


    Caroline Michelle "Carrie" Prejean Boller (/prˈʒɑːn/; born May 13, 1987) is an American model, former Miss California USA 2009, and Miss USA 2009 first runner-up. Later, Prejean was stripped of her Miss California USA crown for alleged breaches of contract. Contentious litigation between Prejean and the Miss California organization was settled in November 2009. Later that month, Prejean released a book relating the story from her point of view.

  10. Katherine Rees

    Katherine Rees


    Katie Rees (born Katherine Nicole Rees on August 11, 1984 in St. Petersburg, Florida) is a former beauty queen from the United States who was crowned Miss Nevada USA 2007. She was to compete in the 2007 Miss USA pageant but was dethroned in December 2006 following the release of sexually charged pictures of her taken at a Florida nightclub three years prior.

  11. Ingrid Marie Rivera

    Ingrid Marie Rivera


    Íngrid Marie Rivera Santos (born October 8, 1983 in Luquillo) is a Puerto Rican actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico 2005 and represented her country at Miss World 2005. She later won Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2008 and represented her country at Miss Universe 2008.

  12. Amparo Muñoz

    Amparo Muñoz


    Amparo Muñoz Quesada (June 21, 1954 – February 27, 2011) was a Spanish actress who won the Miss Universe 1974 pageant.

  13. Leila Lopes

    Leila Lopes


    Leila Luliana da Costa Vieira Lopes (born 26 February 1986) is an Angolan actress, model and beauty queen who won the titles of Miss Angola UK 2010, Miss Angola 2010 and Miss Universe 2011.

  14. Laury Thilleman

    Laury Thilleman


    Laury Thilleman (born 30 July 1991) is a French dancer, model, TV Host and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss France 2011 on 4 December 2010. She made the top 10 at Miss Universe 2011.

  15. Gabriella Brum

    Gabriella Brum


    Gabriella Brum (born 1962) is a German model and beauty queen who won the 1980 Miss World and resigned 18 hours later, initially claiming her boyfriend disapproved. She stated that this was because of the pressure from the news media, though there were also allegations that she had posed nude in a magazine. The first runner-up in the pageant, Kimberley Santos from Guam, then assumed the title. Brum later posed in Playboy and modeled in Los Angeles for a few years where she still resides.

  16. Denny Mendez

    Denny Mendez


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  17. Janina San Miguel

    Janina San Miguel


    Janina Miller San Miguel (born November 14, 1990) is a Filipino beauty queen who was crowned Binibining Pilipinas World at the Binibining Pilipinas 2008 beauty pageant. She gained notoriety for her performance in the pageant's question and answer portion, where she lost her composure and gave an unfocused and rambling response with a thick accent. A video of the incident has garnered millions of views on websites such as YouTube.

  18. Isabel Lestapier Winqvist

    Isabel Lestapier Winqvist


    Isabel Lestapier Winqvist (born 8 May 1987 in Helsingborg, Scania, Sweden) is a former Miss Sweden titleholder who resigned.

  19. Katarina Wigander

    Katarina Wigander


    Katarina Agnes Wigander (born 1983 in Lerum, Västergötland, Sweden) is a model and formerly Miss Sweden.

  20. Helen Morgan (Miss World)

    Helen Morgan (Miss World)


    Helen Morgan (born 29 September 1952) is a Welsh actress, model, TV Host and beauty queen who won the 1974 Miss Wales, Miss United Kingdom and Miss World pageants. Morgan became the first winner to resign, and the second not to finish her reign as Miss World.

  21. Katie Blair

    Katie Blair


    Katherine Amanda Blair (born December 29, 1987) is an American model, beauty queen, and television personality from Billings, Montana, who held the Miss Teen USA 2006 and Miss California USA 2011 title. She was the first person from Montana to win a major pageant title. In 2011, she was crowned Miss California USA after originally placing 1st runner-up to Alyssa Campanella; however, when Campanella won Miss USA 2011, Blair was crowned as successor on June 25.

  22. Ann Simonton

    Ann Simonton


    Ann J. Simonton (born 1952) is an American writer, lecturer, media activist, and former fashion model. She founded and coordinates the non-profit group "Media Watch", which challenges what they see as racism, sexism, and violence in the media through education and action. Simonton has published two autobiographical chapters, I Never Told Anyone and Her Wits About Her. She has also written and produced two educational videos, one of which, Don't Be a TV: Television Victim, received a Silver Apple Award from the National Educational Video and Film Festival in 1995.

  23. Laura Zuniga

    Laura Zuniga


    Laura Elena Zúñiga Huizar (born January 3, 1985 in Culiacán, Sinaloa) is a Mexican model and beauty queen, center of a drug trafficking scandal in December 2008. The critically acclaimed 2011 film Miss Bala (Miss Bullet) is loosely based on Zúñiga and her involvement in the events of December 2008.

  24. Jennifer Palm Lundberg

    Jennifer Palm Lundberg


    Jennifer Palm Lundberg (born April 28, 1986 in Sigtuna, Stockholm County, Sweden) is Miss World Sweden 2008 and represented Sweden in Miss World 2008, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

  25. Justin Johnson

    Justin Johnson


    Justin Johnson, (born January 16, 1980) known by his stage name Alyssa Edwards, is an American drag performer, dance teacher, and businessman. Johnson was known for competing in drag pageantry and being dethroned from his title as Miss Gay America 2010, before gaining prominence on the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. In 2015 his TV show "Beyond Belief" will start production about him and his dance company.

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