Saturday, December 16, 2006
Miss USA to be Dethroned?
"Behavioral and Personal
Issues?" I gotta meet this girl
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire Donald Trump has won the backing of beauty pageant organizers for putting the current
Miss USA on warning for reported misbehavior, with the industry keen to protect a sanctified image of beauty queens.
Miss USA Tara Conner is not the first beauty queen to face the ire of Trump, who owns the Miss USA and Miss Universe franchises. In 2002 he fired Miss Universe, Russia's Oxana Fedorova, for failing to perform her pageant duties.
The self-described teetotaler is now evaluating Conner's "behavioral and personal issues" after newspaper reports that the 20-year-old titleholder has been partying in bars around New York -- where the legal drinking age is 21.
The property magnate and host of the popular reality TV show "The Apprentice" has called a press conference for Tuesday when he will reveal Conner's fate.
"Mr. Trump is seriously studying the situation," his office said in a statement late on Friday, declining to elaborate on the behavior that sparked the review.
"First and foremost he is concerned about Tara and wants to do what is best for her. Then he will think about what is best for the very successful Miss USA pageant."
If Conner is dethroned, runner-up Tamiko Nash, Miss California, will take her place, and Conner would join a list of beauty queens who have fallen from grace for breaching written -- and unwritten -- rules after donning their tiara.
Miss USA organizers declined to hand over a list of rules for their titleholder, but said she had to be a role model.
I can't believe I posted this drivel......