Entertainment News: beauty pageants
Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo, 20, was crowned the winner of the 2012 Miss Universe pageant, marking the first time a U.S. contestant has won the competition in 15 years.
Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon, came in second and Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero placed third.
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Honey Boo Boo Child's mother has slammed reports that the family only earns $4,000 an episode on their TLC reality series, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."
The series focuses on 7-year-old Alana Thompson, the young beauty-pageant contestant from 'Toddlers & Tiaras,' better known as Honey Boo Boo Child. The show also follows her eccentric Georgia family including mom June, father Mike "Sugar Bear" and her older sisters Lauryn "Pumpkin," Anna "Chickadee" and Jessica "Chubbs."
Alana Thompson, the young beauty-pageant contestant from 'Toddlers & Tiaras,' better known as Honey Boo Boo Child, nabbed her own series on TLC called "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" which premiered its first two episodes on Wednesday, August 8.
The series highlights not only the high-energy 6-year-old but also her eccentric Georgia family including mom June and her older sisters Lauryn "Pumpkin," Anna "Chickadee" and Jessica "Chubbs." There's also the father and only man in the family nicknamed "Sugar Bear." Clips from the series can be seen below.
A day after Miss Rhode Island, Olivia Culpo, was crowned Miss USA on June 3, one contestant claimed the fix was in.
Sheena Monnin, who participated in the contest as Miss Pennsylvania USA, posted on Facebook on June 4 that she was resigning from the Miss Universe Organization, which she claimed was "fraudulent."
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The winner of the 2011 Miss USA pageant has been crowned.
21-year-old Alyssa Campanella, also known as Miss California, has won the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas and will represent the nation in this year's Miss Universe pageant.
Rima Fakih, who made history in 2010 by becoming the first Arab-American to win Donald Trump's Miss USA pageant, recently reached a plea deal in her DUI case and faces a maximum sentence of about three months in jail.
The 26-year-old former beauty queen was arrested in December 2011 after police pulled her over in Highland Park, Michigan. They said she was driving 60 mph in a 30 mph zone and weaving in and out of traffic and that officers found an open bottle of champagne behind the driver's seat of her Jaguar. She failed two breath tests, which showed her blood alcohol content to be 0.19 and 0.20 percent - above the legal limit of 0.08.
Transsexual contestant Jenna Talackova can compete in a preliminary Miss Universe pageant in her native Canada "if she wants to," owner Donald Trump has clarified, following her disqualification and suggested reinstatement, adding that he "couldn't care less" whether or not she decides to return.
The 23-year-old Vancouver native was axed as a Miss Universe Canada finalist last month, a move that spurred an online backlash and accusations of discrimination. Organizers said she was "dishonest" by failing to disclose she had been born male. On Monday, they said she could compete after all if she "meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada and the standards established by other international competitions."
Jenna Talackova, a transgender woman who was born male, may be allowed to take part in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant after all after initially being disqualified last month, a move that had spurred an online backlash.
The Beauties of Canada, which hosts the national contest that selects a candidate for Donald Trump's international Miss Universe competition, listed several conditions for the Vancouver resident's reinstatement, but has not clarified whether or not she meets them.
Jenna Talackova, a transgender woman, who was born male, has been disqualified from competing in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada beauty pageant and some people, including her, say the move marks discrimination.
The ousting of the 23-year-old Vancouver resident was announced on Friday and spurred an online petition that is calling on the Miss Universe Organization, owned by Donald Trump, to reverse its decision. Talackova was among the Beauties of Canada's 65 finalists competing for the chance to represent the country in the international Miss Universe pageant.
Check out photos of Jenna Talackova, a transsexual beauty pageant contestant, at the 2010 Miss International Queen contest, in which transgender women and transvestites compete for the crown.
The mother of "Toddlers & Tiaras" star Isabella Barrett has filed a libel suit, accusing three entertainment outlets of "sexualizing" her 5-year-old daughter.
The suit was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on January 23 and names the parent companies of entertainment websites TMZ, the Huffington Post and the UK's Daily Mail. The suit accuses them of "falsely claiming that she was gyrating in a nightclub and singing about her sex appeal," according to legal documents obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com.
Former Miss USA Rima Fakih, who won the pageant in 2010, was arrested on DUI charges in Highland Park, Michigan this weekend.
According to People magazine, Fakih Tweeted on Saturday, "Let's clear things up now. ... I'm NOT in Michigan and I'm NOT in jail! Wrong Fakih." But has since removed the post and her attorney Doraid Elder confirmed the arrest to the weekly on Sunday.
The 2011 Miss World pageant crowned a winner on Sunday, November 6. It was the 60th anniversary of the competition which returned to London, the location of the first Miss World pageant in 1951. Find out who won below! Warning: Spoilers ahead.