Steve Harvey, Miss Universe 2015
Steve Harvey hosted the Miss Universe pageant in 2015, and messed up majorly when he announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, as the winner…when Pia Wurtzbach, from the Philippines, was the rightful champion. After major humiliation, though, he returned to host the next year.
Caitlin Upton, Miss Teen 2007
During the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant, Miss South Carolina, Caitlin Upton, gave an embarrassing, rambling response when asked why she thought 1/5 of Americans couldn’t point out the U.S. on a map. “Uh, some, uh people out there in our nation don’t have maps,” she said.”And, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and uh Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should…” It was so bad, that Caitlin said she went through a period of depression after the pageant.
Carrie Prejean, Miss USA 2009
During Miss USA 2009, Miss California, Carrie Prejean, was asked by judge Perez Hilton if she thought every state should legalize gay marriage. “I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other,” she said. “We live in a land where you can choose same sex marriage or opposite marriage.” Wait, what is “opposite marriage”?
Nadia Mejia, Miss USA 2016
At Miss USA 2016, Nadia Mejia struggled to answer the question, “How do we narrow the gap between the rich and the poor?” She was silent for about ten seconds before finally responding, “When it comes to social and economic inequality, I think that the rich and the poor need to stop being so segregated. I think there is a middle class. I think that the rich need to…” She paused again at this point, before rushing to finish her response, and it was pretty uncomfortable to watch.
Angelique De Maison, Miss USA 1995
Angelique De Maison was asked about affirmative action at Miss USA 1995, and stammered through an awkward response. “I believe that affirmative action is…is important in…in your career, and they work together,” she said. “Um, I believe that if you stand strong on what you believe, you should…you should use that in all aspects of your life, including your career.”
Leah Cecil, Miss America 2013
Leah Cecil’s flub came during a pre-pageant interview ahead of Miss America 2013. She was asked how she felt about legalizing euthanasia, and answered, “That’s one of the things I’m not education on, so I need to look up exactly what that means. But I do know that’s a vaccine, correct?”
Marissa Powell, Miss USA 2013
At Miss USA 2013, Marissa Powell was given a question about the gender pay gap, and her answer simply made no sense. “I think we can relate this back toeducation and how we are trying to strive…to figure out how to create jobs right now,” she stammered. “That is the biggest problem. I think especially the men are seen as the leaders of this so we need to figure out how to create education better so that we can solve this problem.”