Shanna Speaks Out About Miss USA

“Dancing With the Stars” beauty Shanna Moakler, arguably one of the most famous women to wear the Miss USA crown, exclusively tells TMZ, “I don’t think a lot of women are prepared when they take the title,” and that may be the cause of Tara Conner’s trouble with the title.

Moakler, who was crowned Miss USA in 1995 after Chelsi Smith became Miss Universe, knows first hand the difficulties of being a pageant winner. Says Shanna, “Most women in pageants love the actual pageant — the competition, the show. They don’t understand that it is actually a real job that you are paid a real salary for.”

“[These girls] … they don’t understand that it is actually a real job that you are paid a real salary for.”

Moakler, 19 at the time of her reign, points out that most pageant participants are extremely young and don’t realize the responsibility that comes with the title. “You’re traveling 85% of the year, working with different charities and organizations and making appearances at events.” The schedule, Moakler says, is not fun, and there were times she just wanted to be her 19-year-old self.

Shanna Moakler: click to launchMoakler held the title the year before Donald Trump purchased the pageant, but says the strict rules were the same. “I lived with a 60-year-old chaperone, and drinking, swearing and smoking were absolutely forbidden — even in the house.” Moakler added that she would have to check-in with her chaperone and leave a note whenever she left the apartment.

As for the besieged Miss USA Tara Conner’s troubles, Moakler says her heart goes out to her, saying, “The situation is really sad.” Shanna states that Conner may not have realized the responsibility she was undertaking as a role model and spokesperson for the country, and that it’s unfortunate that this drama is playing out now, as “there are thousands of girls who would have died to be wearing the crown.”

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Shanna Speaks Out About Miss USA

“Dancing With the Stars” beauty Shanna Moakler, arguably one of the most famous women to wear the Miss USA crown, exclusively tells TMZ, “I don’t think a lot of women are prepared when they take the title,” and that may be the cause of Tara Conner’s trouble with the title.

Moakler, who was crowned Miss USA in 1995 after Chelsi Smith became Miss Universe, knows first hand the difficulties of being a pageant winner. Says Shanna, “Most women in pageants love the actual pageant — the competition, the show. They don’t understand that it is actually a real job that you are paid a real salary for.”

“[These girls] … they don’t understand that it is actually a real job that you are paid a real salary for.”

Moakler, 19 at the time of her reign, points out that most pageant participants are extremely young and don’t realize the responsibility that comes with the title. “You’re traveling 85% of the year, working with different charities and organizations and making appearances at events.” The schedule, Moakler says, is not fun, and there were times she just wanted to be her 19-year-old self.

click to launchMoakler held the title the year before Donald Trump purchased the pageant, but says the strict rules were the same. “I lived with a 60-year-old chaperone, and drinking, swearing and smoking were absolutely forbidden — even in the house.” Moakler added that she would have to check-in with her chaperone and leave a note whenever she left the apartment.

As for the besieged Miss USA Tara Conner’s troubles, Moakler says her heart goes out to her, saying, “The situation is really sad.” Shanna states that Conner may not have realized the responsibility she was undertaking as a role model and spokesperson for the country, and that it’s unfortunate that this drama is playing out now, as “there are thousands of girls who would have died to be wearing the crown.”

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Clearwater woman crowned Miss Kansas USA


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A Clearwater woman was crowned Miss Kansas USA 2007 Sunday night, defeating more than 30 contestants from around the state.

Miss Clearwater USA Cara Gorges, 19, a Butler County Community College cross-country runner, won the title after two days of swimsuit, evening gown and interview competitions.

“At first I was like, ‘I guess I should probably wake up now,'” said Gorges, a 2005 Clearwater High School graduate. “And then I was just shaking so much I thought I was going to fall over, and I thought I was going to pass out. This was nothing that I expected at all.”

The first-runner up was Destiny Bounds, of Overland Park. Other finalists in order were: Megan Bushell, of Lawrence and Santa Monica, Calif.; Kristen Conway, of Mission Hills; and Tracee Stout, Mission.



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Donald Trump lets Miss USA Tara Conner keep her title, says Conner will enter rehab

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12:52 p.m. December 19, 2006

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Miss USA Tara Conner is seen in a July 2006 photo released by the Miss Universe Pageant.

NEW YORK – Miss USA Tara Conner, who had come under criticism amid rumors she had been frequenting bars while underage, will be allowed to keep her title, Donald Trump announced Tuesday.

“I’ve always been a believer in second chances,” Trump, who owns the Miss Universe Organization with NBC, said with Conner at his side.

Trump said he and Conner had met earlier Tuesday morning.

“She left a small town in Kentucky and she was telling me that she got caught up in the whirlwind of New York,” Trump said at a news conference. “It’s a story that has happened many times before to many women and many men who came to the Big Apple. They wanted their slice of the Big Apple and they found out it wasn’t so easy.”

Conner won the title in April and has been living in New York. Recent media accounts of heavy drinking brought a storm of criticism since she was underage at the time. She turned 21 on Monday.

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In a tear-choked voice, Conner said, “In no way did I think it would be possible for a second chance to be given to me.”

Turning to Trump, she said, “You’ll never know what this means to me, and I swear I will not let you down.”

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‘Live Desk’ Turns Miss USA Segment into Soft Porn

Fox News’ “Live Desk” was tut-tutting Monday (December 18, 2006) about the behavior of Miss USA, Tara Conner, who may lose her “crown” because of inappropriate behavior, but the segment points up the hypocrisy of Fox News’ treatment of women as subjects of news stories.

The segment on the “Live Desk” was short on specifics as to what Conner is accused of doing, beyond saying she had been seen in bars despite being underage, that she may have broken some unspecified laws, and that she had missed some public appearances.

The Fox News website, however, carried a story about Conner’s “alleged drug and alcohol abuse and indiscretions with men” but host Martha MacCallum failed to offer up that information to viewers.

Viewers were left to fill in the blanks themselves when MacCallum asked her “A-List” about the beauty pagent winner’s behavior, saying, “In a world where we see Britney Spears in all kinds of situations that we don’t necessarily want to see her in, and the rest of them in, what does this say about her behavior that she’s being called on.”

Gretchen Carlson, a Fox News reporter and former Miss America, noted that she always had a traveling companion or a chaperone with her. “I think you’re asking for trouble with the Miss USA organization when you put Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA, all under 20, in a New York City apartment, and expect them not to be tempted with New York City.”

The problem, though, is a lot deeper than not having a chaperone.

While airing comments from a panel chastising Conner and in a teaser, Fox News showed five times the video of Conner in what I’m guessing was supposed to be a swimsuit, sashaying down the runway, swiveling her hips provocatively, and then later in an evening gown being crowned.

Conner got the job based solely on her ability to look like someone millions of men would like to have indiscretions with. Why wouldn’t she get the message that it was OK to do just that?

In the story on its website, Fox News quotes Donald Trump as saying that Miss USA is supposed to be a role model. What kind of a role model auditions for a job wearing next to nothing?

As for Fox News, it dangles this woman’s beauty before viewers, sending the message that she is a sex object and nothing more, and then pretends outrage when she commits “indiscretions with men.”

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Trump to Miss USA: You’re not fired!

Tue Dec 19, 2006 7:20 PM GMT137
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By Mark Porter

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Everyone expected Donald Trump to utter his catchphrase “You’re fired!” to Miss USA on Tuesday but instead the billionaire gave the beauty queen a second chance after reports of misbehaviour including underage drinking.

In a nationally televised news conference full of tears fit for a pageant finale, the co-owner of the Miss USA and Miss Universe contests said Tara Conner has agreed to go into a rehabilitation program for an unspecified problem and would not be stripped of the title of Miss USA 2006.

Media reports of the blond beauty queen partying at bars and nightclubs in New York — where the legal drinking age is 21 — began surfacing last week. The former Miss Kentucky USA turned 21 on Monday.

“Tara is going to be given a second chance,” the real estate mogul said after meeting with Conner earlier on Tuesday. “Tara got caught up in the whirlwind of New York.

“She made some very, very bad choices,” he said. “She admits that she made mistakes.”

In a statement after the news conference, Trump said Conner’s duties would be “limited as she receives the help she needs during this personal time.”

Conner tearfully told reporters at the news conference that she realizes she is a role model and denied reports of widespread problems with alcohol and drugs.

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Trump to Miss USA: You’re not fired!

Tue Dec 19, 2006 7:20 PM GMT137
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By Mark Porter

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Everyone expected Donald Trump to utter his catchphrase “You’re fired!” to Miss USA on Tuesday but instead the billionaire gave the beauty queen a second chance after reports of misbehaviour including underage drinking.

In a nationally televised news conference full of tears fit for a pageant finale, the co-owner of the Miss USA and Miss Universe contests said Tara Conner has agreed to go into a rehabilitation program for an unspecified problem and would not be stripped of the title of Miss USA 2006.

Media reports of the blond beauty queen partying at bars and nightclubs in New York — where the legal drinking age is 21 — began surfacing last week. The former Miss Kentucky USA turned 21 on Monday.

“Tara is going to be given a second chance,” the real estate mogul said after meeting with Conner earlier on Tuesday. “Tara got caught up in the whirlwind of New York.

“She made some very, very bad choices,” he said. “She admits that she made mistakes.”

In a statement after the news conference, Trump said Conner’s duties would be “limited as she receives the help she needs during this personal time.”

Conner tearfully told reporters at the news conference that she realizes she is a role model and denied reports of widespread problems with alcohol and drugs.

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