"Do you really think you’re better than the porn industry, beauty pageant industry? At least porn has the decency to admit it’s built on the backs of amateurs and screws everyone over. Meanwhile three-year-olds are wearing dentures so they can have that perfect smile and you make them pay for the privilege of treading your filthy middle-school auditorium stages." —Miss Delaware has been "de-throned" for doing the wrong kind of self-branding promotional videos.
Feminist groups in Belgium are angry about a "Miss Homeless" competition which offered a prize of a year's free rent to one lucky-and presentable-undomiciled lady. "I am outraged," said an activist. "These girls turned into puppets parodying their own life. Absolutely pathetic." If you're scoring at home, "Therese Van Belle, 58, was crowned the winner of the competition when she beat nine other finalists – who will now all go back on the streets."
If you've ever wanted to see blogger Perez Hilton go pale with anger, you should watch this clip from last night's Miss USA pageant, in which Miss Prop 8 Miss California tells him that marriage should be between a man and a woman. This is a very odd cultural moment in at least three ways!