8 Miss USA/Miss America Scandals That Rocked The Industry
“There she is…” If there’s anything that says we’re progressing as a society, it’s a dog and pony show starring young females vying for a crown that means nothing. Pageant supporters, feel free to leave your comments below, and educate us on all the wonders, and various scholarships offered by the pageant world. In the meantime, we’ll focus on some of the strangest, “say, what?” scandals of the modern, pageant era, all examples taken from the Miss America and Miss USA family of pageants.
8. Leona Gage
To get this list started right, let’s jump back in time. All the way back to 1957, when a sweet and innocent from Texas, Leona Gage, entered the Miss Maryland pageant as a Maryland resident, and won. Representing Maryland in the Miss America Pageant, everyone fell in love with the fresh-faced Leona, and she was crowned Miss America to culminate the festivity. A day later, it was revealed that Leona was a little too fresh faced to serve as Miss America. At 18, she was already a mother of two children, and had been married twice. Three violations of the pageant rules. The kicker? Her mother-in-law sold her out, when reporters came asking. Leona was stripped of her crown. Consequently, she was booted from Miss Universe, which she had qualified for the Top 15. She drew the ire of many fans, but still enjoyed success as a celebrity.
7. Kira Kazantsev
The reigning Miss America, Kira Kazantsey, was another pageant queen who endured a few dancing skeletons, when someone opened her closet door from Hofstra University. The blonde beauty, who was an outstanding student in college, also got into some trouble while enrolled. In September of 2014, Jezebel published a piece that stated Kira was expelled from her college sorority for “cruel hazing.” Hazing is a no-no these days. Kira openly admitted to participating in “hazing,” yet suggested that there was nothing cruel about her intentions — the hazing involved menial tasks. In an age where everything is offensive, and political correctness reigns supreme, it’s not likely that any contestant will measure up to the high standards of Miss America as we progress as a nation.