History's Most Embarrassing Beauty Pageant Answers
Anyone who has watched a beauty pageant or two will know just how awkward it will inevitably get during the Q&A portion of the night. With second-hand embarassment, viewers gawk on as one contestant will undoubledly deliver an unbearably cringe-worthy, uninformed, and incoherent answer that will live on YouTube forever.
If you think about it, it's sort of unfair that they're even asked questions about social or political matters in the first place. I mean, the whole reason they're there is to be crowned a "Beauty Queen", nothing more, nothing less.
But alas, the Q&A section is part and parcel of the world of beauty pageants as is the "talent" portion. And let's not beat around the bush, when the contestants flop, it is endlessly - and shamefully - entertaining.
So without further ado, here are the most iconic fails in pageant history.
1. Miss Teen USA 2007 - Miss South Carolina (Caitlin Upton)
I can only imagine how nerve-wracking it must be to be put on the spot on live television but this hilarious faux pas will amuse even the toughest of crowds. When asked by the panel why a whopping one-fifth of Americans cannot locate the US on a world map, Miss South Carolina replied that some people "don't have maps."
She then proceeded to utter the words:
"And I believe that our education, like, such as in South Africa and the Iraq, everywhere, like, such as. And I believe that they should -- our education over here in the US should help the US -- or should help South Africa, it should the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future."
2. Miss Universe 2012 - Miss Venezuela (Irene Sofia Esser Quintero)
When asked the question, "If you could make a new law, what would it be? And explain why", Miss Venezuela gave a particularly nonsensical and rambling response.
This was her very, uh, unique proposal for a new law:
"I think that any leys [Spanish for "laws"] there are in Constitution or in life, are already made. I think that we should have, uh, a straight way to go in our similar, or, eh, in our lives as is this. For example, I'm a surfer, and I think that the best wave that I can take is the wave that I wait for it. So please do our only, eh, law that we can do. Thank you Vegas!"
Based on this response, Miss Venezuela got zero points. She did, however, place third overall.
3. Miss USA 2012 - Miss Utah (Marissa Powell)
So Miss South Carolina certainly isn't the only American to have delivered a poorly-worded pageant answer. Indeed, in the Q&A part of Miss USA 2012, Miss Utah totally choked when she was given a question about income inequality between men and women.
"A recent report shows that in 40% of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does it say about society?" she was asked.
To which she replied:
"I think we can relate this back to education, and how we are…. continuing to try to strive… t-to… figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem and I think especially the men are, ehm, seen as the leaders of this so we need to try to figure out how to… create education better so that we can solve this problem. Thank you."
4. Miss Philippines USA 2013 - Joanlia Lising
Here's a fun little game for this next pageant answer. Drink every time the contestant says the word "seeing".
You see, Lising was asked, "Among the five senses, what do you prefer to have if you could only have one, and why?" And I guess she just thought repeating the word "seeing" over and over would distract the judges from the fact that she had no idea what she was talking about.
"Thank you for that wonderful question. If I have to pick out of five senses, I’ll pick seeing. Because seeing is the best sense that we can ever see… because seeing is believing, and believing until you see is perfect. And, um, out of all senses, um, seeing, could really… be wonderful because. Thank you. That would be it."
5. Miss Philippines 2001 - Jeanie Anderson
Anderson really struggled with the comparatively simple question she was posed. She was asked: "If you were given a chance to choose to become beautiful but not too smart or very smart and not too beautiful, what would you prefer to be and why?"
This is the answer Anderson came up with on the spot:
"Well, I’d rather choose to be, uh, beautiful. Um, because, um, to be beautiful like, um, it’s natural. But, um, being smart you can learn. You can learn, um, a lot of things. You can learn from the experience. You can learn a lot of things to be smart."
I mean, to be fair it does seem pretty unfair to ask a contestant in a beauty pageant - who is standing on stage in her bikini, I might add - whether she'd prefer to have brains over beauty. But it does make for a beautifully ironic moment. Watch the video to find out which one she went for in the end!
6. Miss USA 1995 - Miss Minnesota (Angelique de Maison)
You might have noticed by now that when beauty pageant contestants are asked a question they don't understand, rather than asking for further clarification, they tend to ramble on for a couple of minutes and hope for the best.
Well, that's exactly what Miss Minnesota did back in 1995. "Do you think your career prospects would be affected if affirmative action were dismantled?" she was asked.
Now, based on the look of panic on her face and the fact that she asked the judge to repeat the question, she clearly has no idea what "affirmative action" is.
In light of that, this is the best she could come up with:
"I think that affirmative action is important in your career and I think that they work together. I believe that if you stand strong in what you believe that you should use that in all aspects of your life including your career. I know that I do."
So which answer gave you the most second-hand embarrassment? Personally, I think Miss South Carolina's answer is pretty hard to beat! But the other answers have certainly come close!