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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Controversial beauty queens

Controversial beauty queens

Controversial beauty queens. Alexandria MillsAhead of the Miss World competition taking place Sunday in London, we look back at some controversial beauty queens across multiple pageants, beginning with Alexandria Mills.

Carrie Prejean

Her title: Miss California 2009

The controversy: Prejean said her comments about gay marriage  at the 2009 Miss USA Pageant lost her the national title, but she later lost her state crown for unrelated reasons. Why?
Danielle Lloyd

Her title: Miss Great Britain 2006

The controversy: Lloyd was dethroned after she did a photo shoot and reports surfaced that she had an inappropriate romantic relationship. What was the allegation?

Tara Conner

Her title: Miss USA in 2006

The controversy: Conner nearly lost her crown over her struggles with drugs and alcohol.
Lakshmi Pandit

The title: Miss India 2004

The controversy: Pandit was crowned, but not for long. She returned her crown after allegations surfaced that she might not be single. The pageant was open only to unmarried women.
Vanessa Williams

The title: Miss America 1984

The controversy: Williams was the first black woman to become Miss America. After nude photos of her surfaced , she resigned
Gabriella Brum

The title: Miss World 1980

The controversy: Miss Germany had a very short reign as Miss World. She resigned hours after being crowned. Why?
Marjorie Wallace

The title: Miss World 1973

The controversy: Wallace became the first American to win the Miss World contest. After a few months, she lost her throne, reportedly because of her rumored knack for dating celebrities, a violation of her Miss World contract (which singer is she said to have dated?)
Leona Gage

The title: Miss USA 1957

The controversy: Gage lost her crown when she confessed her family status. What was it?

She died in October 2010.

Venus Raj

Raj was dethroned earlier due to questionable birth records, then reinstated as Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2010.
These days, Raj is focused on training for the international pageant. She is set to fly abroad next month for more training, and then head for the pageant in the US.

This year’s Bb. Pilipinas Universe is bent on ending the 11-year drought for the country in the Miss U. The last time a Filipino made it to the semi-finals was in 1999 when Miriam Quiambao was ranked first runner-up.

Moments before she got her passport last month, Bulletin Entertainment asked Raj in a phone interview if she had seen pictures of the other contestants in the Miss Universe contest. The farm girl from Camarines Sur said, “Yes!” adding “Okay naman sila!”

Like Raj, some of the other candidates have created buzz around the contest.

Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih became the subject of gossip after photos showing her performing a pole dance in 2007 circulated. Observers said Fakih entered a stripper contest which she denied. She explained those photos were in line with a radio-station promotion she did for a friend.

“Obviously, they’re not the best pictures that you can see. However, I do want to say I didn’t do anything wrong,” Fakih told Today’s Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer in New York.

Fakih, 23, is dressed in short red shorts and a blue tank top with a high neckline in the pictures. Donald Trump, who owns the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants, said that there was nothing wrong with the pictures, in which Fakih remains completely dressed, Todayshow.com said.

A native of Lebanon, Fakih moved as a child to the US with her family. As a Muslim and an Arab, she is reputed to be the first person of her nationality, ethnicity or religion to be named Miss USA. In 2008, she traveled back to Lebanon to compete in the Miss Lebanon Emigrant pageant, placing third.

Fakih was born in Srifa, a small city in the Jabal Amel region of Southern Lebanon, to a “powerful” Shia,’ a Muslim family. As a young child, she lived in the village of Souk El Gharb in Mount Lebanon, and attended St. Rita’s, a Catholic school near Beirut, the Wikipedia said.

In 1993, her parents, Hussein and Nadia Fakih, moved their family to New York in order to escape the effects of the Lebanese Civil War.

Fakih attended St. John’s Preparatory School, a Catholic high school in Queens, and her father ran a restaurant in Manhattan. In New York, Fakih’s family felt they were subjected to threats and vandalism based on events in the Middle East, and business at her father’s restaurant declined following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. In 2003, her family moved to the large Arab-American community in Dearborn, Michigan.

She graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with degrees in Economics and Business Management, and plans to attend law school after her year-long reign. She has a sister, who returned to live in Lebanon, and two brothers. Prior to winning the Miss USA title, she worked as a sales associate at the Detroit Medical Centre developing and recruiting in the Arab-American community.

Another beauty to watch out for is Miss Venezuela Marelisa Gibson Villegas. Beauty experts are still having a hangover from the back-to-back win of Venezuela in the Miss Universe contests in 2008 and 2009, a first time for the pageant. But with some 80 candidates competing for the title, the beauties will definitely attempt to stop a third win for Venezuela.

Villegas, 22, is a fashion model who won the Miss Venezuela 2009 beauty contest last Sept. 24, 2009. She also won the “Best Face” award in the same contest. She stands 5’10” and measures 92-62-92.

She studied Architecture at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas. She speaks Spanish, English, and French. The beauty queen is the great granddaughter of a Swedish immigrant and she loves architects Le Corbusier, Santiago Calatrava.

One of the most interesting candidates this year is Miss Colombia Universe 2010 Natalia Navarro, 22, who is being pressured by a controversial push by Colombian pageant fans to get a nose job, the website “Beauty in Pageants’’ said. Fans called her nose “eagle beak.”

Reports said that more and more followers of the beauty pageant circuit in Colombia have asked Navarro to go under the knife. A Colombian politician has joined the fray but defended the beauty on the issue of nose job.

Navarro, who stands 5’10”, has smartly declined the proposal.

On the Colombian television show “El Lavadero” she said: “They have asked me and I understand that I can always be better, but I prefer things that are natural. If we all start to get plastic surgery then we will all look the same. I won Miss Colombia with this nose and I am capable of doing anything just like this.”

She is also being scrutinized by the public because of her constant use of colloquial “street” Spanish words.

He cheated, she forgave

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