Some contestants will “jump states” or move to another state to compete in the pageant circuit there. While this may be possible for some, is it actually ethical? (Read: How Staying Consistent In Pageantry Can Help You Win)
About recent news
This past week, Toneata Morgan was crowned Miss Oregon USA 2018. Just a few days after the pageant, a few contestants have started to question Morgan’s residency and eligibility to compete in Oregon. It came to the attention of a few contestants that Morgan had competed four times in the Miss California USA pageant and might be a resident of California.
While Morgan acknowledged that she previously lived in and competed in California, she now lives with her grandparents in Oregon and has been living there for over a year. NW Productions, the company that produces the Miss Oregon USA pageant, verified that Morgan was eligible to compete in the Miss Oregon USA 2018 pageant. Morgan had met the residency requirements by providing two documents showing her residency in Oregon, said co-executive producer of NW Productions Maureen Francisco.
Many fellow contestants are still calling for an investigation into Morgan’s residency. One contestant, Stephanie Matheson said, “I think it’s important that we all feel validated that it was a fair competition.” There has been no response as to whether NW Productions plans to further investigate the claims that Morgan may not be an Oregon resident. (Read: How to be Sure You’re Eligible for a Pageant With a Contract)
About the ethics
While moving to another state just for the chance to win in the same system is potentially possible for some, is it practical or ethical? There are many people on both sides of the argument for the benefits of competing in a different state and for the potential ethics implicated in doing so. (Read: How to Market Yourself Before a Pageant)
Some believe that there are not any ethical implications in moving to compete in a pageant. Because pageantry is a sport, it may be good to “shop around” to find a state that fits best with your personality. It also allows a girl to find a state director she works best with.
Some believe that “shopping around” is not fair to contestants that live full time in the state you are competing in. Girls who practice in “more competitive states” and then move to a “less competitive state” may have an advantage over girls who have not experienced other state competitions.
What do you think about “shopping around” for a state to compete in? Let us know below!