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Top 10 Pageant Moments of May 2017

Welcome to a new month with the season of pageantry in full swing as summer officially begins! The start of June also means a recap of the top pageant moments of May 2017. There was a lot of activity in the pageant world recently, so let’s dive right in to the countdown!

Top 10 Pageant Moments of May 2017

10. Miss Universe Official Facebook Hacked

Why would someone want to hack into a titleholder’s official Facebook page and post inappropriate messages and pictures? Your guess is as good as mine.

The week leading up to the Miss USA 2017 pageant, the international titleholder’s official Facebook pages were hacked, even though the organization is no longer owned by Donald Trump. To read more about the debacle, read the full article here: Miss Universe Fan Pages HACKED.

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Miss Universe 2017 Iris Mittenaere getting crowned. Photo credit: Miss Universe Organization

9. Miss New Mexico Scholarship Organization Under Investigation

Miss New Mexico 2016, Stephanie Chavez, was able to compete at the national Miss America Pageant last summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Chavez won over $6,500 from the state nonprofit, as well as $3,000 from the Miss America Organization. Chavez claims to have not been awarded all of her scholarship funds, and even says other titleholders in the state have not received their scholarship dollars, either.

Chavez has now involved the New Mexico attorney general in order to obtain her full monies and investigate the organizations practice for awarding scholarships to winners. To read the full article and details, read: Miss New Mexico Scholarship Organization Investigated by Attorney General, or to read the response from the Miss New Mexico Scholarship Program, read: Miss New Mexico Responds to Attorney General Investigation)

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Miss New Mexico 2016, Stephanie Chavez official headshot. Photo credit: Miss America Organization

8. Former Miss USA 2013 Dating Again

Miss USA 2013, Erin Brady, got married on December 13, 2014, after Brady’s reign as Miss USA had ended. In the last year however, there have been rumors and some sources confirm that Brady has since divorced.

On May 25, Brady posted on social media that she was “in a relationship” with a mystery man. This comes as a surprise as the split from spouse Tony Capasso was never officially announced. To read the full article, go here: Does Former Miss USA Have a New Boyfriend?

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Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady dating again, Photo Credit: Erin Benzio

7. Miss America Organization Names New President

The long-standing scholarship organization has named Josh Randle as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), and at 29 years old he is the youngest to take the helm of the nonprofit.

Working with the organization is not a new endeavor for Randle; he has served the last two years as COO for the organization, and has been the National Executive Director for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Foundation, a charity set up by the British Royal Family. To read more about the exciting changes with the Miss America Organization, read the full article here: Miss America Organization Names New President.

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Sam Haskell with state title holders from the Miss America Organization. Photo Source: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian

6. Numerous Miss USA Former Title Holders Compete in Swimsuit Model Search

You may see a familiar face on the cover of an upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition as four former titleholders from the Miss USA Organization are competing to be chosen as models.

The four women, including former Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan, will compete against 35 other applicants for the cover model competition. The four Miss USA former title holders are: Olivia Jordan Miss USA 2015, Haley O’Brien Kalil Miss Minnesota USA 2014, Maaliyah Papillion Miss Louisiana USA 2016, and Jasmyn Wilkins Miss Georgia USA 2012. To read all about the swimsuit model search, read the article here: Former Miss USA Competes for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model.

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Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan announces her competition in the swimsuit model search. Photo source: Olivia Jordan’s Instagram.

5. Miss America 2017 Named Arkansas Governor’s Healthy Life Ambassador

Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017, has a personal platform titled “Eat Better, Live Better.” As she continues to promote this platform, as well as being the good-will ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network, Savvy has now been announced as the official Healthy Life Ambassador from the governor of Arkansas.

Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas (Shields’s home state) announced the 10-year plan to promote a healthier lifestyle, especially for youth. To read the full article, head here: Miss America 2017 Named Arkansas Governor’s Healthy Life Ambassador.

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Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields is the new Healthy Life Ambassador. Photo Credit: Donald Kravitz

4. Former Miss Israel Stars as Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot, Miss Israel 2004, was just 18 when she won her national title. After being discovered and later cast as Gisele in Fast & Furious, Gadot launched her acting and modeling career.

The movie Wonder Woman just opened in U.S. theaters, so head out to watch a fellow pageant winner shine on the big screen. To read more about Gadot’s film and model career, read: Former Miss Israel Stars in Wonder Woman

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Miss Israel 2004 stars as Wonder Woman. Photo credit: Warner Bros.

3. Miss Ireland Universe Names New Director

After experiencing numerous ups and downs in the Miss Ireland Universe Organization, including a number of years where no national pageant was held (years 2007, 2013 and 2016), the organization has a new director that hopes to change the direction of the program.

Brittany Mason is no stranger to the Miss Universe Organization. Mason was Miss Indiana USA 2008 and even placed in the top 10 at Miss USA 2008. She is ready to help lift up the Miss Ireland Universe Organization and help the title holder “develop her personal and professional goals.” To read more about how the luck of the Irish pageant organization is changing, read: Miss Ireland Universe Under New Management.

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Brittany Mason, Miss Indiana USA 2008, is the new director of the Miss Ireland Universe Organization. Photo source: Brittany Mason

2. New Miss USA 2017 Sparks Controversy with Onstage Answer

On May 14, Kára McCullough answered her onstage question at the national Miss USA 2017 competition, held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

The question asked by host Julianne Hough was, “Do you think healthcare is a right or a privilege and why?

Kára’s response was, “I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege. As a government employee, I am granted health care. I see firsthand that in order to have health care, you need to have jobs. So we need to continue to cultivate this environment so that we’re given the opportunity to have jobs as well as healthcare to American citizens worldwide.

To read about the backlash, both in support of her answer and negative responses to the answer, read the full article here: Miss USA 2017 Sparks Controversy With Onstage Question.

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Kára McCullough answers her onstage question at Miss USA 2017. Photo credit: Miss Universe Organization

1. Miss District of Columbia Wins Miss USA 2017

On May 14, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Kára McCullough won over the hearts of the judges to become Miss USA 2017. This is the second year in a row the national crown has been won by the representative of the District of Columbia.

Kára is a 25-year-old scientist with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and has a personal community outreach program called Science Exploration for Kids, which features interactive science activities and tutoring for children in sixth through eleventh grade.

To read more about Kára’s performance at Miss USA and her plans for the year, read: Miss USA 2017 is Miss District of Columbia!

Miss USA 2017 Kára McCullough
Miss USA 2017 is Kára McCullough. Photo credit: AP Photos

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