Amidst the pressure to win the crown and the hustle-bustle of the days spent preparing for it, there are bound to be some mess-ups. Here are some of the most hilarious and rather shocking answers that pageant contestants gave.
Some of them will make you say “WTF?!”
1) The Face of Hawaii! Nadine Tanega, Miss Hawaii America 1992
Question: “Why are you proud to be an American?”
Answer: “We are truly the land of the great. From the rocky shores of … Hawaii…to the beautiful sandy beaches of … Hawaii … America is our home.”
The pageant contestant seemed to acquire the persona of a professional travel guide at the Miss World America stage!
2) Just roll with it. Miss Minnesota Angelique de Maison at Miss USA 1995
Question: “Do you think that your career prospects would be affected if affirmative action were dismantled?
Answer: “I think that affirmative action is important in your career, and I think that they work together, um, I believe that if you stand strong on what you believe, that you should use that in all aspects of your life including your career. I know that I do.”
We can clearly learn one thing from Angelique de Maison: Don’t shy away from a question just because you don’t know what the key word means!
3) Dead or Alive? Miss India Priyanka Chopra at Miss World 2000
Question: “Who do you think is the most successful woman living today and why?”
Answer: “There are a lot of people I admire, but one of the most admirable people is Mother Teresa, who has been so compassionate, considerate and kind.”
It’s understandable that mentioning Mother Teresa would earn you brownie points but the question demanded a very different response; for starters, a “living” woman.
4) “Being Beautiful is Natural” What? Jeanie Anderson, Miss Philippines 2001
Question: “If you could be beautiful and not so smart, or brilliant and not so beautiful, what would you be and why?”
Answer: “Well, I’d rather choose to be beautiful, um because, to be beautiful it’s natural. But being smart you can learn…you can learn, um a lot of things…a lot of things from the experience…you can learn from a lot of things being smart.”
5) I’m a real human being with real emotions! Miss Serbia Sanja Papic at Miss Universe 2003
Question: “If you could be either water or fire, which would you be and why?”
Answer: “Well, I’m a human being and I don’t know how it is to be fire or water, and from that reason I really don’t have answer on this question because I’m a human being, I’m a girl, who has an emotion, and fire and water don’t.”
She clearly missed the purpose of this question.
6) We don’t have maps in the US! Lauren Caitlin Upton, Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2007
Question: “Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?”
Answer: “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some . . . people out there in our nation don’t have maps and, uh, I believe that our, uh, education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over HERE in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future, for our children”.
The incoherent ramble might not make much sense but it sure is entertaining!
7) Confidently Clueless! Miss Arizona Alicia-Monique Blanco at Miss USA 2009
Question: “Should the United States have universal healthcare as a right of citizenship?”
Answer: “I think this is an issue of integrity regardless of which end of the political spectrum that I stand on. I was raised in a family to know right from wrong and politics, whether or not you fall in the middle, the left or the right, it’s an issue of integrity, no matter what your opinion is, and I say that with the utmost conviction.”
You might have been raised to know right from wrong but you clearly missed answering the question.
8) Confucius invented confusion: Giosue Cozzarelli at Miss Panama 2009
Question: “Explain the following quote by Confucius: ‘Learning without thought is labour lost'”
Answer: “Good evening Panama!” “Confucius was one of whom invented confusion, and that’s why, eh…one of the most ancient, he was one of the Chinese. Japanese who was one of the most ancient. Thank you”
This is more appalling than it is funny. You might have put your foot in your mouth, Giosue Cozzarelli.
9) ‘Spare me the law, I’m a surfer!’ Miss Venezuela Irene Sofia Esser Quintero at Miss Universe 2012
Question: “If you could make a new law, what would it be? And explain why.”
Answer: “I think that any leys (read 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!”
Laws are apparently a natural phenomenon that we must ride like the waves.
10) Leah Cecil, California
In 2012, Leah Cecil of California made a post-competition blooper that went viral. When asked about her feelings on making euthanasia a legal practice, Cecil responded:
“That’s one of the things I’m not educated on so I need to look up on what that means … but I do know that’s a vaccine.”
Well, she might have been a bit off the mark, but at least she was honest.
11) Marissa Powell, Utah
And finally, last night’s response by 21-year-old Miss Utah contestant, Marissa Powell. In response to a question about why the gender gap persists in America, Powell answered:
“I think we can relate this back to education … and how we are continuing to try to strive … to figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem. I think especially the men are seen as the leaders of this and so we need to figure out how to create education better so that we can solve this problem.”
Yup … that one might take the cake.