From Carrie Prejean to Miss "such as" South Carolina, a history of beauty pageant flubs
Miss Utah USA, Marissa Powell, might have made embarrassing headlines Sunday night with her awkward, rambling flub while trying to answer a question about income equality during Sunday's Miss USA Pageant, but she shouldn't feel bad. Or, at least, she shouldn't feel alone.
Pageant contestants who trip over their own tongues during the interview portion of the competition are practically a time-honored pageant tradition, right up there with overwrought theme songs and the fake smiles that disappointed runner-ups plaster across their faces when the winner's announced and it's not them.
In an effort to bolster Powell's no-doubt-bruised spirits — and, yeah, to get a few cheap laughs at The Beautiful People's expense — TheWrap presents a compendium of other beauty pageant flubs.
Miss Teen USA 2007
When asked her thoughts on the distressing statistic that one in five Americans can't locate the United States on a world map, Miss South Carolina Teen USA Caitlin Upton offered her thoughts on the educational systems "like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq."
Miss USA 2012
Miss Ohio, Audrey Bolte, reflects on positive portrayals of women in movies — such as Julia Roberts' portrayal of a prostitute in "Pretty Woman."
Miss USA 2009
Miss California USA Carrie Prejean offered her own distinctive brand of pageant cluelessness when judge Perez Hilton quizzed her about her thoughts on same-sex marriage.
Prejean, apparently no fan of the concept drew criticism when she replied, "I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, no offense to anybody out there. But that's how I was raised and I believe that it should be between a man and a woman."
Miss Universe 2003
Proving that there are, indeed, limits to the imagination, Sanja Papic — Miss Serbia and Montenegro for the year — was asked, "If you could be either water or fire, which would you be and why?" A fairly straightforward — if goofy — question that could be answered with a little thought, right? Um…
"Well, I'm a human being and I don't know how is it to be a fire or a water, and from that reason I really don't have an answer on this question because I'm a human being," Papic shot back.
Bet she could imagine what it's like to be a box of rocks, though.
Miss Philippines 2008
Janina San Miguel actually won the competition, no thanks to her response when asked what role her family played in her role as a contestant. You can pretty much see her brain abandoning ship halfway through her answer, which stumbled and faltered like a drunk trying to navigate a pitch-black alley at 3 a.m.