CNN It was an innocent mistake, one that was easy to correct -- before the social media age. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Photos: Controversies surrounding beauty queens. Vanessa Williams stepped down in as the first black Miss America after nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine. She went on to have a successful singing and acting career and has written a memoir.
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Erin O'Flaherty, 23, was crowed the Miss Missouri on Saturday night, becoming the first openly gay woman to win a state pageant leading to Miss America. O'Flaherty says she struggled with her sexuality growing up as a self-described "feminine girl" in Florence, South Carolina, and entered the pageant scene as a college student while still, publicly, in the closet. Now, O'Flaherty wants to use her year as Miss Missouri to break boundaries, serve as a role model not to mention prove that an out and proud lesbian pageant queen is as worthy of her tiara as anyone else , and advocate for suicide prevention, including a focus on the Trevor Project , an organization which is dedicated to preventing suicide among LGBT youth. Why did you want to enter the Miss Missouri — how did you get into pageants? It was during my freshman year at University of Central Florida. The Miss UCF at that time was a woman I looked up to — I wanted to have the influence on my community that she had, and so I decided to enter the pageant. It was through that I came to learn about, and fall in love with, the Miss America Organization, and so my goals became bigger, and I continued my involvement [in pageants].
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Amid the photographs of beauty contestants competing in Miss California USA this weekend are those of two young women who are making history. Jenelle Hutcherson, 26, of Long Beach and Mollie Thomas, 19, of West Hollywood are the first openly gay contestants in the year history of the state pageant, whose winner will go on to compete in Miss USA, the national pageant. All-day rehearsal in five-inch heels, ouch! Bring it on. During the first round on Saturday, contestants will don swimsuits and evening wear.
Yes, beauty pageants are troublesome. But put aside your cynicism and appreciate the progress of having an out Miss Missouri. Are gays supposed to not like sports or something? For some odd reason, despite my taste in pop culture being entirely centered around rewatching Star Trek on Netflix, I keep writing these articles about pop culture, which means I have to research these things before I write about them because I loathe being factually wrong when I have opinions.