Now that's not very pretty. Just as the Miss America pageant is getting ready to parade down the runway on September 15, the beauty queens themselves are bickering, brawling and bleeping each other with body bullying blasts, reported Radar Online on September 13.
Here's the pageant poop: Miss New York Nina Davuluri allegedly slammed the reigning Miss America, Mallory Hagan, describing her as “fat as [bleep].”
The mean girl conversation occurred when Nina invited friends to celebrate in her hotel room. The celebration apparently got so loud that a neighboring hotel resident overheard it and taped it. Among the lowlights: Nina declared: ‘Mallory’s fat as [bleep].’
Meanwhile, Nina is trying to do damage control to avoid having the allegations ruin her chances for earning the crown. She posted on Facebook: "I want to apologize for the awful statements made by people in my room . . . There were people who claimed to be my supporters and said things I never agreed with, nor supported . . . I was never a part of the words or statements that may have been hurtful . . ."
The good news for all any contestants worried about their own bulges: The focus during the parade is on their feet, not their fat, according to the Atlantic City Press on September 14. The foot-focused fete features an original song "Show Us Your Shoes." However, that song also has its own weighty history.
The Atlantic City Press reports that the origin of the “show us your shoes” chant began in the 1970s as a result of men who wanted to view the contestants’ legs. Others claim that the chant was intended to deliberately humiliate women who dressed beautifully but wore slippers underneath their gowns.
One contestant who doesn't intend to be humiliated is Miss Kansas Theresa Vail, who is also a sergeant in the U.S. Army, only the second contestant ever to be on active duty, reported USA Today on September 13. To help separate her from the rest of the queen crowd, Miss Kansas has two tattoos: A Serenity Prayer is on her right side, with the insignia of the U.S. Army Dental Corps on her left shoulder.