Wednesday, June 27, 2007

National Pageant News

Right now the big news is the continued crowning of state titleholders, but I have noticed a few other bits of national pageant news…

First, Miss USA, Rachel Smith, met with President Bush on June 22nd. A photo caption I found said “Washington, UNITED STATES: US President George W. Bush (R) greets Rachel Smith (L), Miss USA 2007, after she introduced him during an event celebrating Black Music Month in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, 22 June 2007.”

Also, check out this YouTube video promoting a hearing aid and featuring former Miss America, Deidre Downs.

No one seems to have known that Deidre had a hearing problem, nor did anyone notice that she wore a hearing aid during her reign. Most contestants use personal issues like this as their platform, so it is very interesting and surprising that this was not known. Some are suggesting that she did not want to be compared to Miss America 1995, Heather Whitestone, who was also from Alabama and had a much more sever hearing impairment. Many are asserting that they “like her more” now that they have learned she overcame this and did not use it as her platform.

Finally, Donald Trump, the owner of the Miss Universe organization, is talking about making reality show stars of the three pageant beauties that he houses in New York City.

Half-hour series "Pageant Place" will see Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA living in the same New York apartment... Former Miss USA Tara Conner, who became the subject of controversy after reports of her partying surfaced last year, will also star, serving as a kind of den mother and chaperone to the women... At four-month intervals, one of the pageant winners moves out and a new one moves in; the first season will feature the transition from Blair to the new Miss Teen USA.... Project grows out of the various beauty pageants Trump owns with NBC, which has a first-look deal on any potential series. "Pageant Place" was set up at VH1 before migrating to MTV.... NBC recently extended the contract for the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants for three more seasons.

CLICK HERE for the complete article by Steven Zeitchik.

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