Tag Archives: beauty pageants

Trans Woman Crowned Miss Universe Spain 2018

Gay Star News reports: A trans woman was crowned as Miss Universe in Spain yesterday. This is a first for the international beauty pageant. Angela Ponce, 25, will represent Spain in the upcoming Miss Universe pageant scheduled end of the year. The beauty pageant lifted the ban on trans women competing in 2012. Three years later, Donald Trump sold the ...

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Miss America Scraps Swimsuit Competition [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: Miss America is scrapping its swimsuit competition and will no longer judge contestants based on physical appearance, the organization announced Tuesday. “We are no longer a pageant,” Gretchen Carlson, the first former Miss America to be named chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization, said on “GMA.” “We are a competition.” In place ...

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REPORT: Trump Vetoed Miss Universe Contestants Who Were Dark-Skinned Or Had Snubbed His Advances

Mother Jones today published a long-read on Trump’s passionate bromance with Vladimir Putin. Near the end of the piece is this: At each pageant, Miss Universe staffers would set up a special room for Trump backstage. It had to conform to his precise require­ments. He needed his favorite snacks: Nutter Butters and white Tic Tacs. And Diet Coke. There could ...

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REPORT: Trump Rigged The Miss Universe Pageant To Favor Countries Where He Had Business Interests

According to a piece published today by the New Yorker, judges at a recent Miss Universe pageant compared notes after the naming of the finalists and were shocked to realize that several of the women named had not been selected by them. Well, you know where that’s going: A day or two before a pageant began, Trump would casually visit ...

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New Miss America Slams Trump On Climate Change

ABC News reports: Cara Mund is not worried that she may begin her year-long reign as Miss America by starting a Twitter war with the nation’s Tweeter-In-Chief. The 23-year-old Miss North Dakota won the crown Sunday night in Atlantic City after saying in an onstage interview that President Donald Trump was wrong to pull the United States out of the ...

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Miss USA: Health Care Is A Privilege [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: The new Miss USA is a scientist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and she knows a thing or two about dropping a bomb. Pageant winner Kara McCullough sent heads shaking Sunday night when she said affordable health care in America is a “privilege” instead of a “right.” McCullough, 25, who started the day ...

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BUZZFEED: Trump Walked In On Miss Teen USA 1997 Contestants While They Were Backstage Changing

Buzzfeed reports: Four women who competed in the 1997 Miss Teen USA beauty pageant said Donald Trump walked into the dressing room while contestants — some as young as 15 — were changing. “I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a man in here,’” said Mariah Billado, the former Miss Vermont ...

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Lesbian Miss America Candidate Fails To Advance

Via the Hollywood Reporter: Miss Missouri Erin O’Flaherty was not among the top 15 picked to advance in the pageant during its nationally televised finale Sunday night. The first openly gay contestant in the Miss America pageant was eliminated Sunday night when the top 15 finalists were chosen. Miss Missouri Erin O’Flaherty was not among the top 15 picked to ...

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This Weekend Might See Our First Gay Miss America

Via the Associated Press: After competing in pageants for generations in the closet or working behind the scenes, gays and lesbians finally get to see one of their own take one of pageantry’s biggest stages. Miss Missouri, Erin O’ Flaherty, will compete for the Miss America crown this weekend as the first openly lesbian contestant. “Behind the scenes, we’ve been ...

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First Openly Gay Miss Missouri Crowned

From the Associated Press: Missouri has its first openly gay Miss Missouri, and she will represent the state at the Miss America pageant later this year. Erin O’Flaherty, 23, was crowned Miss Missouri on Saturday in Mexico, Missouri, and is the first openly gay woman to be named Miss Missouri, said Ann Jolly, chairman of the board of the Miss ...

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Miss Austria As Conchita Wurst At Miss Universe

Lost in all the hoopla about Steve Harvey’s big “oops” moment last night is that Miss Austria dressed as drag performer and Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst during the national costume portion of the Miss Universe pageant. Austria’s The Local reports: While not the bookies’ favourite, Amina Dagi has captured global attention with her witty and elegant rendition of Austria’s national ...

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Miss America Contestants Go Left On Kim Davis, Planned Parenthood, & Donald Trump [VIDEO]

While Miss South Carolina dropped the ball on gun control, three other Miss America contestants from southern states may have pissed off their hometown audiences last night when they gave progressive responses during the pageant’s famed/infamous Q&A session. Miss Tennessee said she opposes cutting off any funding for Planned Parenthood, Miss Alabama declared that if she were a Republican, she ...

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Trump Sues Univision For $500M, Mexico And Thomas Roberts Pull Out Of Pageant

For once Donald Trump has followed through with a lawsuit threat: Donald Trump, a Republican presidential candidate, is suing Univision. The Spanish-language TV network dropped its coverage of Miss USA and Miss Universe — two beauty pageants that Trump co-owns — because of Trump’s remarks about Mexican immigrants during his presidential campaign announcement on June 16. NBCUniversal also dropped the ...

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NBC To Donald Trump: You’re Fired

Donald Trump just got fired by NBC. NBC is ending its business relationship with Donald Trump following the presidential hopeful’s comments about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign. “At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with ...

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Univision To Trump: You’re Fired

CNN reports: Univision is canceling its telecast of the Miss USA pageant, an event partially owned by Donald Trump, to protest Trump’s offensive remarks about Mexicans. Furthermore, Univision says it is severing all other business ties to Trump. Univision is the biggest Spanish-language broadcaster in the United States, so its decision is a blow to the Miss Universe Organization, a ...

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John Oliver On The Miss America Pageant

Another hilarious rant. “Currently, the biggest scholarship program exclusively for women in America requires you to be unmarried, with a mint condition uterus, and also rewards working knowledge of butt adhesive technology.”

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Irish Beauty Queen Comes Out

The Rose Of Tralee is a competition in which Irish communities around the world send a beauty queen to the finals in Ireland’s County Kerry. This year’s winner is Philadelphia resident Maria Walsh, who just came out. That may prove to be a problem for New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day group. Via Irish Central: Right on cue a host ...

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Venezuela Wins Miss Universe

The Washington Blade reports: Participants in the Miss Universe 2013 pageant that took place in Moscow on Saturday did not discuss Russia’s LGBT rights record during the broadcast of the event. Gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, who co-hosted the pageant with singer Mel B, earlier on Saturday described Russia’s law banning gay propaganda to minors as a “discriminatory” statute that ...

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HomoQuotable – Thomas Roberts

“It’s been an incredible experience so far. I certainly don’t want to be a commercial for Russia… [but] I haven’t run into any discrimination so far since I’ve been here. Just by showing up, just by being visible, just by the sheer presence of my husband being there with me, and just the interest that this might generate in what ...

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HomoQuotable – Thomas Roberts

“I consulted with the [Human Rights Campaign] and with GLAAD. I wanted to find out their take on what they thought about this decision by me. They are two organizations that I have done a great deal of work with and that have not only had my personal support but professional support. So a lot of counsel, a lot of ...

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