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Miss USA loses another one.
January 15th, 2007 under Miss America/ Miss USA. [ Comments: none ]

MARLTON BEAUTY Ashley Harder has resigned as Miss New Jersey USA because she is pregnant, Harder confirmed yesterday. Harder, 20, has informed the Miss Universe Organization, which oversees the pageant. Her first runner-up, Erin Abrahamson, will step in to compete as Miss New Jersey in the Miss USA pageant March 23 in Los Angeles. "It was my decision to resign due to the situation," Harder, a graduate of Camden Catholic High, told us in an interview yesterday. It’s against the rules of Miss USA to compete while pregnant. Harder says she and live-in boyfriend Gregg D’Antonio, 28, are expecting their baby in "late summer." They are planning to wed, but are taking things "one step at a time," Harder said. D’Antonio owns Trig Snowboarding, a snowboarding apparel company. Harder is part of the CW Philly 57 Crew, appearing on air, and also working as a Channel 57 (WPSG-TV) community ambassador. She was crowned Miss New Jersey USA in October in what was her first beauty pageant. This has been an unusual year for the Miss USA organization. Last month, Miss Nevada Katie Rees was dethroned after photos of her exposing her breasts and kissing another girl popped up on online gossip sites. And last month, Miss USA Tara Conner entered rehab at Wernersville’s Caron Foundation after admitting to underage drinking, after media reports surfaced about her alleged drug and alcohol abuse and sxual indiscretions. "This isn’t another scandal. This is a baby; this is a life," Harder said when asked if she was worried her pregnancy would be treated as scandal, in light of Rees and Conner. Harder says being a mom "is a title I have always wanted and will always cherish." Harder began her modeling career while in high school, where she was a National Honor Society student. She moved to New York after graduating in 2004 to work as a model. She’s traveled to Japan and appeared in ads for Pepsi and Versace, among others. She’ll be cheering for Abrahamson to represent New Jersey in the Miss USA pageant in March. Abrahamson, 22, is a senior at Montclair State, and also an aspiring singer. The Miss Universe Organization could not be reached for comment.

Philadelphia Daily News 

I find it interesting it only went downhill when Trump took over! BTW they already replaced her on the Miss New Jersey website.


Will Tara Connor remove her crown for Playboy?
January 4th, 2007 under Miss America/ Miss USA. [ Comments: none ]

A JOB is waiting when Tara Conner gets out of rehab. Playboy wants to shoot the troubled Miss USA for its cover. Donald Trump and his execs at the Miss Universe Organization are mulling the offer. Conner, who hails from a small town in Kentucky, was nearly stripped of her title after it was alleged she was having sex with sleazy nightclubbing cads who were giving her cocaine. Said an insider, "If Trump allowed her to do it, it would have to be in good taste." Which means she’ll keep her top on.

Page Six

So if she gets offer Playboy does that mean Katie Ress will get one from Hustler?


Even more scandals involving Katie Rees?
January 3rd, 2007 under Miss America/ Miss USA. [ Comments: 2 ]

Katie Rees, the dethroned Miss Nevada USA 2007, partied in a Las Vegas topless club on New Year’s Eve amid rumblings of a widening sex scandal. Rees, who was spotted at the topless club Seamless in the wee hours of New Year’s Day, is facing new allegations that involve two unnamed Las Vegas celebrities, sources say. Rees, a former Florida resident who won the Nevada title in October, was stripped of her title last month after pornographic photos of her surfaced on a Web site associated with escort services. Rees, 25, whose mother is a Miss America pageant director in Tampa, Fla., asked for the second chance that Miss USA Tara Connor received, saying her photo missteps were a one-time thing. KVBC-TV, Channel 3, reporter Alicia Jacobs, who broke the initial story on Rees’ bad behavior, reported Thursday that the Nevada Miss USA organizers had reason to believe the scandal was far from over. More allegations are coming, Jacobs said in her report.

Norm Clarke (story) and Splash News (photo) 

I wonder who the two Vegas celebrities are?


Former Miss Nevada USA 2007’s MySpace message
December 22nd, 2006 under Miss America/ Miss USA. [ Comments: none ]

Katie Rees, the dethroned Miss Nevada USA 2007, didn’t waste any time in shutting down her Web site. Before blocking the page, she left this opening quote: "Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I’m not perfect — and I don’t have to be, but before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean." — Bob Marley Rees was stripped of the title on Thursday for racy photos taken five years ago, the Miss Universe Organization announced. Runner-up Helen Salas will replace Rees at the 2007 Miss USA Pageant on March 23 in Los Angeles. A year ago, Nevada’s Miss America candidate, Crystal Wosik, ignited a controversy with her pro-Yucca Mountain comments during the interview process at the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood. Wosik told the judges the planned nuclear waste repository "has to go someplace, and that was the best-built facility in the country." When asked what if people died from a nuclear accident, she replied, "We just have to take one for the team."

Norm Clark 

Well the last pageant holder that was removed because of raunchy photos did ok…Vanessa Williams!


Miss America comments on Miss USA
December 21st, 2006 under Miss America/ Miss USA. [ Comments: none ]

Reigning Miss America Jennifer Berry carefully sidestepped the Miss USA controversy at a "Rocky Balboa" reception Tuesday night. But it wasn’t difficult to miss her point. While Berry and Miss America organizers are "choosing not to comment," Berry said the Tara Conner brouhaha has helped shed light on the differences between the two pageant programs. Miss USA is a for-profit enterprise owned by Donald Trump and NBC. Miss America is a nonprofit scholarship program. Trump announced Tuesday that he would give Conner a second chance, instead of dethroning her for inappropriate behavior, including underage drinking. Meanwhile, the schedule for next month’s Miss America contest (Jan. 26-29) at the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood is coming together. A key change: The finals have been moved from the traditional Saturday TV telecast to Monday in hopes of boosting ratings. Saturday has long been a ratings challenge.

Norm Clark (story) and CMT (photo)

Me-ow and ouch, but at least now I know the difference! 


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