Miss Utah Marissa Powell is making headlines for flubbing her way through a question about pay inequality for women during the 2013 Miss USA Pageant. Among other things, she said we need to "create education better" to solve the problem. Needless to say, she didn't win. Here's a look at other beauty pageant blunders in recent years:
Miss USA 1995 -- During the Q&A portion of the pageant, Miss Minnesota was asked about affirmative action. Unfortunately, she didn't appear to know just what that was. "I think that affirmative action is important in your career, and I think that they work together, um, I believe that if you stand strong on what you believe, that you should use that in all aspects of your life including your career. I know that I do."
Miss Panama 2009 -- Giosue Cozzarelli was unable to understand a Confucius quote she just read that said, "Learning without thought is labor lost." When asked to explain the quote, she replied, "Good evening Panama!"
Miss Philippines World 2008 -- Janina San Miguel was just 17 when she competed for the title of Miss Philippines World, so perhaps she got a case of the nerves during the interview section. Asked what role her family had played in her entry into the pageant, she responded by stumbling over the word "family," giggling, and then apologizing profusely for being unable to answer the question.
Miss Slovakia 2009 -- Host Jan Kraus apparently forgets about a hole in the stage and falls right into it at the beginning of the 2009 Miss Slovakia Pageant.
Miss Teen USA 2007 -- Who could forget Miss Teen South Carolina Caitlin Upton? Answering a question about why a fifth of Americans can't locate the U.S. on a world map, she answered: "I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, um, some people out there in our nation don’t have maps, and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and uh, the Iraq everywhere like, such as and I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., err, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future for our children."
Miss Universe 2009 -- Miss Universe 2008 (Miss Venezuela) tries to crown Miss Universe 2009, also Miss Venezuela, and fails as the crown immediately falls off Stefania Hernandez's head.
Miss Universe 2007 -- Miss USA Rachel Smith slips and falls on live TV during the evening gown competition. But she was able to keep her composure, and placed fifth out of 10 delegates in the round despite the fall.
Miss Universe 2008 -- Crystle Stewart became the second consecutive Miss USA to do a butt-plant on live television during the Miss Universe evening gown competition. Her advice to future competitors? "I would tell her to put grips on the bottom of her shoes and wear a short dress, not a long gown," Stewart told NBC.
Miss Venezuela 2008 -- In perhaps the worst wardrobe malfunction of all time, Miss Guarico loses her bikini bottoms during the swimsuit portion of the 2008 Miss Venezuela contest.
Miss World 2005 -- Miss World 2005 Unnur Birna completely falls on her face after a speech during the Miss Iceland crowning.
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