Miss Indiana's 'Normal' Body Is Nowhere Near 'Normal'

On Sunday night, the utterly meaningless Miss USA pageant aired, and a soon-to-be-forgotten woman from Nevada won the title. But America's fickle fascination has been, for several successive minutes, fixated on a woman who didn't come close to making the final cut: Miss Indiana, a woman who audiences were relieved to… » 6/11/14 6:45pm 6/11/14 6:45pm

Miss USA Hopeful Sues After Pageant Recruiter Requests Blow Jobs

In March, Jezebel exclusively reported on the dirty dealings behind the scenes of Donald Trump's Miss USA pageant — specifically the organization's involvement with one recruiter who is, by all accounts and allegations, a sexual predator and scam artist. Eight months later, one of the victims we spoke with, Ashleigh… » 12/02/13 4:30pm 12/02/13 4:30pm

Miss USA Dressed as Optimus Prime Because America

Apparently the National Costume Competition of the Miss Universe Pageant is largely a crash course in cultural stereotypes. While some contestants donned more traditional clothing from their home countries, others created extravagant costumes roughly inspired by their heritage. And Miss USA showcased two of the most… » 11/04/13 2:20pm 11/04/13 2:20pm

Topless Photos and Assless Chaps: The Hypocrisy of Miss USA's Code of…

Donald Trump's Miss Universe Organization, which operates the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants, draws viewers with sexy beauty queens in teeny bikinis. But titleholders are publicly chastised by Trump himself and sometimes lose their crowns altogether if they fail to reach "the highest ethical and moral standards"… » 4/01/13 4:30pm 4/01/13 4:30pm

A Former Miss California USA Contestant Slept With Her Recruiter to Get…

A former Miss California USA contestant who was "discovered" by Erik DeSando, one of the pageant recruiters whose questionable practices we exposed in our recent Miss USA investigation, says she was showered with compliments and special gifts allegedly from Donald Trump himself. She was promised fame and fortune — all… » 3/13/13 5:40pm 3/13/13 5:40pm

Big Breaks for Blowjobs: The Dark Underbelly of the Miss USA Pageant

Ashleigh Blake never dreamed of becoming a beauty queen. The 21-year-old amateur model and part-time tutor fantasized about being a movie star or the next Glee triple threat, and posted her resume on the casting networking site GotCast in hopes that Hollywood might call. But when a recruitment associate for Miss… » 3/11/13 3:35pm 3/11/13 3:35pm

Expert Shit-Talker Donald Trump Sues Miss Pennsylvania for Talking Shit

Donald Trump has succesfully sued former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin for defaming his Miss Universe pageant by claiming the whole contest was rigged. The case went to arbitration and a very fair-minded judge ordered Monnin to pay the totally reasonable sum of $5 million to Donald's humble org. Just to put this… » 12/19/12 5:30pm 12/19/12 5:30pm

Pageant Contestant to Have Double Mastectomy to Prevent Breast Cancer…

Miss America contestant Allyn Rose took one of those terrifying genetic tests and found out that she's got the same genetic mutation that may have led to her mother's fatal breast cancer. And instead of waiting for a diagnosis that she believes is inevitable, she's following in the footsteps of other women who have… » 11/19/12 12:30pm 11/19/12 12:30pm

Contestant Accuses Miss USA Pageant of Being Fixed, Trump Says She's…

Miss USA contestant Sheena Monnin resigned from her position as Miss Pennsylvania USA via Facebook on Tuesday, writing, "Effective immediately I have voluntarily, completely, and utterly removed myself from the Miss Universe Organization. In good conscience I can no longer be affiliated in any way with an organization… » 6/06/12 11:10am 6/06/12 11:10am

Headdesk-y Miss USA Contestant Can't Name a Positive Female Role Model

Wanna hear something bananas? A contestant at this weekend's Miss USA Pageant (A.K.A. The Susan B. Anthony Consortium for High-Minded Ladies) was asked a question about positive depictions of women in pop culture and ended up saying something dumb. Can we continue or was your computer totally ruined by your surprised… » 6/04/12 3:50pm 6/04/12 3:50pm