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Miss USA contestant latest beauty queen to botch answer



LAS VEGAS — Miss Utah is the latest beauty queen to trip on American television, not over her gown, but during the interview segment.

Asked about income inequality at the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas Sunday night, Marissa Powell gave a rambling, awkwardly-worded answer that included several long pauses and the phrase “create education better.”

The cringe-inducing response was getting lots of buzz Monday. As a video of the episode racked up hundreds of thousands of views, pageant co-owner Donald Trump scolded the haters on Twitter, saying anyone can lose their train of thought.

The question was a bit of a head scratcher itself.

“A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?” asked NeNe Leakes of the reality series “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

Undaunted by the three-in-one prompt, the 21-year-old Powell started off strong:

“I think we can relate this back to education, and how we are continuing to try to strive … to …,” she said, before appearing to lose her way.

She picked up after a long pause: “… figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem. And I think, especially the men are … seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to see how to . create education better. So that we can solve this problem. Thank you.”

Despite the stammering answer, she came in third runner-up.

Miss Utah is not the only beauty to mangle the interview. Blunders are part of the appeal of the live show and hers was certainly not the worst recorded in a pageant.

Miss South Carolina took that crown with her 2007 “such as”-filled response to a question about why Americans can’t find their own country on a map.

That word soup answer managed to include South Africa, Iraq, nation building and an allusion to a map shortage in the U.S.

Miss California 2009 brought the phrase “opposite marriage” into the mainstream when she told gay blogger Perez Hilton she opposed same-sex marriage.

Last December, Miss Venezuela became the talk of the Internet after she attempted to answer a question in English during the Miss Universe contest in Las Vegas. Her answer was unintelligible at times, and fans said it cost her the competition. But at least she had a language barrier to blame.

Miss Utah, who was still trending on Twitter a day after her flub, was keeping quiet amid the fallout.

But she did have this to say on her Miss USA page, “It’s not all about winning. It’s about examining yourself, improving and striving to showcase your individuality.”


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  • Camillo

    Wala yang Ms. Utah na yan sa mga Pinay beauty queens! Her mistake wasn’t that major major. LOL!

    • andresa igbac

      Please! “major, major” is actually correct to use if someone wants to really emphasize something (the same with phrases like “minor, minor” or “small, small,” etc. You typed it wrongly (without the comma), that’s the problem!

  • Iggy Ramirez

    It doesn’t matter. She is pretty and hot and she’s still young. I’d take her any day over a fugly genius. Men usually avoid smart women. You know what they say, marry a smart woman and you’ll end up losing your d!ck.

    By showing that she’s not smart, she became more attractive. What’s the point in having these pageants anyway? They don’t cure cancer, they don’t solve carbon dioxide emissions, and they don’t prevent wars. So what’s the point in finding out whether these pretty women know something anyway, other than parading them in swimsuits.

    • nick

      you think a fugly genious will be attracted to dumb hottie (if you are one)? only in hollywood movies brother. as for me, i’ll choose anything over stupidity. it irritates me.

    • Tang Ina Nio

      errr…if she is HOT today do you think after 20yrs she still be HOT?

      so you married a HOT stupid girl today, after 20yrs she is a OLD UGLY STUPID girl…

      • Iggy Ramirez

        If she is not smart enough, by the time of separation, she will not get enough.

        I’d still get a stupid wife, who you can boss around.

    • Expatnyc

      I don’t recall her being blond… so no excuse I guess??? hahahaha…

  • RiverHorse

    “it’s not all about winning” daw, eh bakit pa kaya sya sumali kung ayaw pala manalo? double boo-boo, ms. utah-e!

    • pitingkapuya

      She only wanted to showcase her individuality.

  • blue_lights

    Come on folks, it’s a “beauty” pageant, not a “sociopolitical genius” pageant… what do you expect?

  • clanwolf

    So beauty pageant organizers should drop pretentious claims of woman empowerment. If even brain dead responses can still get a pass, that only puts superficial looks as the primary consideration to win. In other words, far from lofty claims, pageants are in essence, really “flesh shows” with production values.



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