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Miss USA Strips Down, Stirs the Pot


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After being pretty much ignored forever years, the Miss USA pageant is making headlines once again. Last year it was Carrie Prejean with her homophobic comments, nudey photos and fake boobs; this time it’s all 51 ladies. In racy photos. On the pageant’s official website?

The pics show the contestants in garter belts, fishnet stockings, and unbuttoned shirts. (Editor’s Note: Eerily similar to Rielle Hunter’s recent photo shoot, no?) And people (who actually care about/follow this pageant) are up in arms, arguing that the contestants are women who are supposed to be seen as role models admired for their talent, intelligence, and, yes, beauty, but not cleavage.

The organization, however, defends them as their way of keeping up with the “changing times.” I bet Alanis Morrisette’s 1995 self and anyone with an understanding of “irony” would have a bit of an issue with this, as previous Miss USA contestants (Carrie Prejean, for one obvious example) have been reprimanded for similar provocative photos the pageant now seems to be promoting.

Although some are angered by the sex appeal the pageant is publicizing with these pics, it seems they’re turning a blind eye to the emphasis on beauty that’s always been included in the—hey, what do you know, beauty pageant. After all, there’s the (barely-there) swimsuit portion of the contest and, let’s not forget, even the evening gown segment often shows the ladies in rather revealing necklines. Are these pics really any worse than any of the other stuff these contestants are asked to do?

Check it out for yourself to decide.

As for me, I could care less about any of that. I’m more focused on this year’s super sexy, superstar judge, Curtis Stone. Can we get some racy black and white pictures of him up in here?

Mel is the social media manager at StyleCaster. She's passionate about puppies, good food and finding the perfect Instagram filter. Some people tell her she has an unhealthy obsession with Chrissy Teigen and Ed Sheeran. But she thinks it's all perfectly normal and fine, thank you very much. Previously, she worked at Mashable, Glamour and Allure magazine.