Slip-up lands Miss teen S.C. on new path
When Caitlin Upton of Lexington flubbed an answer at the 2007 Miss Teen USA Pageant, it turned out to be the best mistake she ever made. The 18-year-old is actually better known to many than the pageant winner, Miss Teen Colorado Hilary Carol Cruz.
...Job offers came, too, including one for a recurring role in a new sitcom.
So, what does she think about YouTube?
“I think it’s awesome; 20 million people know who I am,” says Upton, laughing. That’s not to say she liked being the butt of jokes, however. “When people say negative things, it makes me want to prove I can be better. I think I’ll always have the last laugh.”
...To her credit, Upton turned down most of what was offered to her, reasoning that she was being set up for a career parodying her 30-second faux pas.
...She signed with the Trump agency a few weeks later and intends to spend part of 2008 modeling in Spain, Italy and Australia.
...She graduated in May from Lexington High School with a 3.7 grade-point average, expecting to study graphic design at Appalachian State University. After that, she hoped to attend the International Academy of Design Technology in Los Angeles and find work designing special effects for movies.
That’s still Plan B, should modeling prove less than lucrative.
Click here for the entire December 27th article.
Also, according to Fred R. Shapiro, the editor of the Yale Book of Quotations, Caitlin's Miss Teen USA flub ranked #2 among this years Top 10 Most Memorable Quotations!
Click here for the complete list, and read below if you forgot the moment the pageant world stopped for 30 seconds and all fake smiles dropped to open, gaping mouths...
I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don't have maps and I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and Iraq and everywhere like such as and I believe that they should our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S. or should help South Africa and should help Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future for us."
— Lauren Upton, South Carolina contestant in the Miss Teen USA contest, when asked why one-fifth of Americans cannot find the U.S on a map.