Miss Utah Steals the Show at the Miss USA Pageant

Miss Utah

Proving that pageant contestants don’t need beauty and brains, Marissa Powell, aka Miss Utah, gave a rambling incoherent response during the Q&A portion of the Miss USA pageant on Sunday night.

Miss Utah, who clearly graduated from the Ryan Lochte School of Public Speaking, picked a card from the fishbowl during the Q&A portion and was assigned to Judge #3: The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Nene Leakes (don’t ask).

The question read: “A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?”

21-year-old Miss Utah’s response?

“I think we can re … relate this back to education and how we are … continuing to try to strive to … [smiles] … figure out how to create jobs, right now. That is the biggest problem in … I think, especially the men, are, um … seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to try to figure out how to … create education better so that we can solve this problem.”


But in all seriousness, I think she really proved her point that “we need to try to figure out how to create education better.” I mean, you can literally see her last brain cell gasping for its last breath trying to come up with something.

As painful as that was to watch, Miss Utah still doesn’t beat the reigning queens of all-time dumb pageant answers: Caitlin Upton, Miss Teen South Carolina 2007.

Asked why a fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a world map, Upton responded:

“I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh, people out there in our nation don’t have maps, and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future.”


Education questions really seem to stump beauty queens. I’m sensing a pattern here…

Other hilarious beauty pageant answers include:

Miss California 2009: Carrie Prejean

When celebrity blogger Perez Hilton asked the pageant queen her feelings on Proposition 8, Prejean informs us that Americans can choose “same-sex marriage or opposite marriage” but she believes marriage should be between a man and a woman because “that’s how I was raised.” WTF is opposite marriage?

Miss Hawaii 1992: Nadine Tanega

When in doubt – just mention your home state. Asked why she’s proud to be an American, Miss Hawaii responds,  “We are truly the land of the great. From the rocky shores of…Hawaii…to the beautiful sandy beaches of…Hawaii…America is our home.”

Miss Minnesota 1995

Miss Minnesota was asked: “Do you think that your career prospects would be affected if affirmative action were dismantled?” Unfortunately, I don’t think she understood the term: “I think that affirmative action is important in your career, and I think that they work together, um, I believe that if you stand strong on what you believe, that you should use that in all aspects of your life including your career. I know that I do.”

Miss Philippines 2001: Jeanie Anderson

Asked “If you could be beautiful and not so smart, or brilliant and not so beautiful, what would you be and why?” Anderson responded, “Well, I’d rather choose to be beautiful, um because, to be beautiful it’s natural. But being smart you can learn…you can learn, um a lot of things…a lot of things from the experience…you can learn from a lot of things being smart.” At least she’s in the right business.

And the list goes on and on and on……

Via: The Daily Beast

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