Beauty Queen Mishaps
MISS UNIVERSE 1987
Although she was on her best behavior as Miss Universe, she later started linking herself to wealthy men. In 2001 she married former Argentinean president, Carlos Menem (35 years her senior) with whom she had her first and only child. She divorced Menem, and was recently seen with an Italian businessman on a beach in Miami.
MISS USA 2007
The Tennessee native was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She had the misfortune of competing in the Miss Universe pageant in Mexico during a time when the U.S. government refused to pass a law that would legalize millions of undocumented workers. She was booed off stage every time she appeared. And to make matters worse, she tripped on her evening gown and landed on the floor, making her the laughing stock of the evening.
MISS NEW JERSEY 2007
The young girl was being blackmailed by an unidentified caller who threatened to expose some unflattering photos of her to the media. So Miss New Jersey decided to beat her blackmailer to the punch, and spread the news herself about photos she had taken with a boyfriend who was kissing her breasts. For her honesty and her ability to take charge of the situation, the Miss New Jersey organization decided to not dethrone her.
MISS FRANCE 2001
In the midst of the competition in Puerto Rico, the poor French girl had to endure rumors that not only made her out to be a fake blond, but also a transvestite! She made it to the semi finals, and even produced her birth certificate to dispel rumors..
MISS UNIVERSE 2002
She was considered one of the most captivating Miss Universe queens of all time, but her tiara was taken off three months after she won based on rumors that she was pregnant. However, the real reason behind her departure was her denouncement of the Miss Universe organizers, claiming that they stripped her of her freedom. So she jumped on a plain and went to live with her boyfriend in Russia, where she's now a renowned TV star.
MISS NEVADA 2007
The young beauty queen was stripped of her crown when photos of her kissing a pair of guys and girls were made public.
MISS UNIVERSE 1973
The Miss Universe organization defined this young girl as an unfit role model for the women of her generation. She was said to have illicit affairs with singer Tom Jones and tennis player Jimmy Connors, which went against all the rules of the crown.
MISS UNIVERSE 1996
This Venezuelen beauty not only gained 20 pounds during her reign–which prompted Donald Trump to call her an eating machine–but she also posed for Playboy, had sex on a Spanish reality TV show, and got caught up in a courtroom mess that involved her, a gun, and her boyfriend. Her life story would make a great telenovela.
MISS AMERICA 1984
The singer-turned-Ugly Betty-actress made history by being the first African American Miss America in the USA. But when it was revealed that she had taken photos for Penthouse before the competition, her tiara was taken away. However, this launched her to fame and as a result, she became a huge success.
INGRID MARIE RIVERA
MISS PUERTO RICO 2008
The credibility of last year's winner was put into question when she claimed that someone had put pepper spray in her makeup kit during the contest. The authorities didn't find evidence to back up her accusations until months later. But her win was also controversial because she had already participated in 2005 and 2007 contests. Isn't there a limit?
MISS USA 2006
The Kentucky queen who not only won Miss USA, but also came in fifth at the Miss Universe contest, was almost dethroned when it was revealed that she had been abusing drugs and alcohol since the age of 14, and was caught partying 'till the wee hours of the night in New York during her reign. She was able to keep her crown after entering a drug rehab program.
MISS UNIVERSE 2006
The Puerto Rican princess made headlines from the moment she was named Miss Universe, when she fainted at the contest, which prompted rumors of anorexia. After a few months, she swung to the other extreme and gained significant weight. And just last year she was kicked off a plane for being rude to a flight attendant.
CATHERINE SÁNCHEZ HERNÁNDEZ
MISS AMAZONAS 1993
The Colombian beauty was not single, nor did she study law like she said she did, and she wasn't even from Amazonas. As it turns out, she'd been a married woman for three years. She was a favorite to win the Miss Universe contest that year, but that all blew up in her face, and she eventually evaporated into the void of forgotten stars.