Daughter sides with Trump

Fri, January 5, 2007
Ivanka says Rosie O’Donnell has bullied people for a long time.
By AP

NEW YORK — Donald Trump got some support yesterday in his war of words with Rosie O’Donnell — from his 25-year-old daughter, Ivanka.

Ivanka, a vice-president of real estate development at the Trump Organization, appeared on NBC’s Today show with her father to promote The Apprentice, which begins its new season Sunday. She will be joining Trump in the boardroom.

Today co-host Meredith Vieira’s first questions were about Trump’s feud with O’Donnell, the outspoken moderator of The View. The 44-year-old comedian was hired by series creator Barbara Walters after Vieira left the ABC show last year to join Today.

Ivanka said O’Donnell had “instigated” the exchange of verbal hostilities and had been “bullying people for a long time.”

“I think it was unfair, it was uncalled for and, quite frankly, there was no reason for it,” she said of O’Donnell’s recent remarks, which include saying The Donald has been “bankrupt so many times.”

“As my father said, she, too, has had a lot of second chances,” Ivanka said. “You know, there’s nothing surprising about the fact that my dad’s gonna come back with a vengeance anytime anyone says anything negative against him.”

Trump, a self-professed “fighter,” became defensive when Vieira said his comments about O’Donnell — he’s called her a “slob” among other insults — were so, well, mean.

“I have no choice because every time I go into an interview, people ask me about Rosie,” he said. “So I respond by saying she’s not very intelligent, which she’s not, she’s had many failures in her life, which she has — and I respond.”

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Miss USA Nude, Sex and Drug Scandal Amplifies Year of the Bad Girl



By Jo Anne Way
Jan 1, 2007

There are always the usual suspects surrounding the Hollywood party girls. There were nude flashes, DUI busts, drug accusations and drug admissions from the jet set gals that treat Hollywood as their own personal playground all year long.

Miss USA Nude, Sex and Drug Scandal: Tara Conner Starts the Year of the Bad Girl
Miss USA Nude, Sex and Drug Scandal: Tara Conner Starts the Year of the Bad Girl

Business as usual in Los Angeles.

But somewhere along the way, last year was no longer ‘normal’ for Hollywood and 2006 became the year of the bad girl. Even the beauty queens chimed in. Tara Conner (right) is still Miss USA but she was slammed with charges of drug abuse and a sex scandal that even included Miss Teen USA Katie Blair.

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The year of the bad girl was then amplified heavily when a gal named Katie Rees, who had already been crowned as Miss Nevada USA had a ‘Girls Gone Wild’ moment or two splashed all over the Internet with wild nude photos of her posing with men and women after what appeared to be a night of partying.

The pictures proved too damaging for the pageant to bear, and she was unceremoniously dethroned. She asked for a second chance, and for a bit it appeared that pageant owner Donald Trump might just give her one, but now she has definitely been stripped, according to a statement released from the pageant.

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Miss USA Tara Conner held her crown, but only after a last minute reprieve was granted by Trump. At a teary eyed press conference, the buxom blonde was told she could keep her crown, but she would have to repent and take in some rehab.

That’s exactly where she is now. Will 2007 see a continued trend of wild gorgeous starlets involved in scandal? It’s difficult to say – but few knew who these beauty queens were before this last month, and now they will be recognized and can cash in on the publicity if they so choose.

America is very forgiving to celebrities – especially for the beautiful people.

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Miss USA Nude, Sex and Drug Scandal Amplifies Year of the Bad Girl



By Jo Anne Way
Jan 1, 2007

There are always the usual suspects surrounding the Hollywood party girls. There were nude flashes, DUI busts, drug accusations and drug admissions from the jet set gals that treat Hollywood as their own personal playground all year long.

Tara Conner Starts the Year of the Bad Girl
Miss USA Nude, Sex and Drug Scandal: Tara Conner Starts the Year of the Bad Girl

Business as usual in Los Angeles.

But somewhere along the way, last year was no longer ‘normal’ for Hollywood and 2006 became the year of the bad girl. Even the beauty queens chimed in. Tara Conner (right) is still Miss USA but she was slammed with charges of drug abuse and a sex scandal that even included Miss Teen USA Katie Blair.

***

The year of the bad girl was then amplified heavily when a gal named Katie Rees, who had already been crowned as Miss Nevada USA had a ‘Girls Gone Wild’ moment or two splashed all over the Internet with wild nude photos of her posing with men and women after what appeared to be a night of partying.

The pictures proved too damaging for the pageant to bear, and she was unceremoniously dethroned. She asked for a second chance, and for a bit it appeared that pageant owner Donald Trump might just give her one, but now she has definitely been stripped, according to a statement released from the pageant.

***

Miss USA Tara Conner held her crown, but only after a last minute reprieve was granted by Trump. At a teary eyed press conference, the buxom blonde was told she could keep her crown, but she would have to repent and take in some rehab.

That’s exactly where she is now. Will 2007 see a continued trend of wild gorgeous starlets involved in scandal? It’s difficult to say – but few knew who these beauty queens were before this last month, and now they will be recognized and can cash in on the publicity if they so choose.

America is very forgiving to celebrities – especially for the beautiful people.

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Miss Russia Winner to Compete for First Time at Miss World Pageant

New Partnership Expands Global Opportunity for Miss Russia Contestants

MOSCOW, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ — The Miss Russia Organization today announced that for the first time the winner of its annual pageant will compete in the Miss World contest, expanding global opportunity for Miss Russia contestants. To officially announce the new partnership between the two organizations, the current Miss World, Tatana Kucharova of the Czech Republic, will attend the 2006 Miss Russia Pageant event on Dec. 15.

The Miss Russia Pageant, which is owned and operated by Russian Standard Corporation, brings together local pageant winners from 50 regions throughout Russia. This year’s contestants will converge on a spectacular venue next to Red Square to compete for the Miss Russia crown.

Since taking over the Miss Russia Pageant in 2004, Russian Standard has transformed the competition into one of the most popular and well regarded televised events in Russia. Significantly, the new pageant has refocused the duties of Miss Russia on charity efforts for the benefit of Russian people, which has brought a sense of national pride to the pageant.

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Miss America Beauties Prep for Pageant

Miss America Hopefuls in Las Vegas
The 52 gorgeous contestants for this year’s Miss America pageant are getting ready for their week long return to Vegas. The beauties will be checking in to the Aladdin-Planet Hollywood for preliminary events that all culminate in one final night of competition on Monday January 29.

Luxe Life got a preview look at some of the lovely ladies when they arrived at the hotel for promotional photo shoots. I got to meet 22-year-old Caydi Cole, Miss Nevada (seen below) who is studying public relations and advertising at our UNLV. Her ambition is obtain a Masters Degree in marketing and she’s already been a US State Dept student ambassador to Russia. She told me that she will be singing in the talent section of the pageant.

Miss Nevada Caydi Cole and Robin Leach
It’s a grand celebrity lineup of judges who will also be checking into the Planet Hollywood: actresses Delta Burke and Debbie Allen who is also a successful director and choreographer; singer pianist Michael Feinstein, MSNBC’s TV Hardball host, Chris Matthews, America’s Next Top Model judge, Nigel Barker and former Miss America (1981) Susan Powell, who hosts Home Matters on the Discovery Channel.

Once the girls arrive in town Luxe Life will chronicle their daily adventures and the preliminaries leading right up to the BIG NIGHT, with exclusive reports and Scott Doctor photos! Hotel president Mike Mecca commented: “We are delighted that the Miss America pageant is returning for a 2nd year. Vegas embraced this event last year for the 1st time and it is only fitting that it is returning to Vegas and Planet Hollywood. Our theater — the most beautiful in town — has just been completely renovated, so it’s the perfect showroom for the national CMT telecast.”

Miss America hopefuls and Robin Leach
The Vegas telecast a year ago was the most-watched in CMT’s history with over 22-million viewers, and it was the first time in its 85-year-history that it took place outside of Atlantic City. Jennifer Berry from Oklahoma was crowned winner and she’ll be back in Vegas in two weeks time as show preparations begin. Miss America’s education and scholarship based pageant is not to be confused with Donald Trump’s Miss USA pageant which is currently being rocked by scandals involving former Miss Nevada Katie Rees who has been stripped of her crown — for stripping her clothes!



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Trump Considering Playboy’s Offer to Put Miss USA Tara Conner on Its Cover


Playboy magazine wants rehabbing Miss USA Tara Conner on its cover — and Donald Trump is considering the offer, he told “FOX and Friends” Friday.

“Most people would say absolutely not, don’t even — I am thinking about it,” he said. “We have brought the beauty pageants into the modern age, these are beautiful women. I’m not saying I’m doing it. If they did it would have to be a very modified version, but she’s very beautiful, there’s an offer out, they really want to put her on the cover.”

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B’klyn gal out to win Miss America is the pride of N.Y.

Untarnished tiara


Bethlene Pancoast, 25, of Bay Ridge models Miss New York crown in Times Square.
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She is the antidote to all that is wrong with the beauty pageant world, carrying enough poise, sense and discipline to never disgrace the title she has – Miss New York – or the title she seeks.

Bethlene Pancoast, a 25-year-old, squeaky clean graduate student from Brooklyn, will be leaving for the Miss America Pageant on Jan. 19, and her biggest concern has nothing to do with the troubled Miss USA or the pressure of competing for the title of the country’s most gorgeous and well-rounded woman.

“The most stressful thing is worrying about how I’m going to get my whole wardrobe to Las Vegas,” said Pancoast, who lives in Bay Ridge. “I was teasing my dad that he might have to build a crate to ship all of my gowns and the rest of my wardrobe there.”

The accomplished NYU alumna – she graduated magna cum laude with a double major in mathematics and musical theater – won the Miss New York crown in July. Since then, Pancoast has been forced to juggle her 9-to-5 job as a Manhattan real estate agent with the rigors of traveling to schools around the state every weekend to promote her platform of teen empowerment.

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N.Y pageant has new home in Long Island

Miss New York State competition moved from Watertown, where it has been for almost 3 decades

Sunday, January 07, 2007
By STEPHANIE SLEPIAN

ADVANCE STAFF WRITER

When Miss New York State is crowned next summer, she will be walking on a new stage for the first time in 27 years.

After more than two decades in Watertown, N.Y., the Miss New York State Scholarship Pageant is moving to Huntington, L.I., pageant representatives confirmed.

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Miss USA to Strip Down



As we mentioned last week, Tara Conner got an offer to strip down for Playboy Magazine once she returns from rehab. We also mentioned that Donald Trump and the Miss USA organization were seriously considering the offer. Remember a time when Miss USA was all about ‘World Peace’ and charities? Where did it go wrong? When did posing for Playboy become acceptable?

He says, “Playboy wants to have Tara on the cover (and) we’re thinking about it. It wouldn’t be nude… I would never want a thing like that to happen. (Playboy) is a very important magazine for a certain group and… 10 years ago, five years ago, if you said, `He wouldn’t even be thinking about it,’ today, it’s a different world.”

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Miss Ohio wears state with pride


Strongsville’s Catan’s does pageant wardrobe

Monday, January 08, 2007
Janet Okoben

Plain Dealer Reporter

Miss Ohio Melanie Murphy, a Brook Park native, will take a closetful of Strongsville with her when she heads to the Miss America pageant later this month.

Her entire competition wardrobe came from Catan Fashions, the behemoth of a bridal store on Pearl Road in Strongsville. She and her mom, Eva Murphy, at least had a quicker commute for fittings than Miss Indiana Betsy Uschkrat, who also used Catan’s for the big event.

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