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    Jul
    2015

    Why Miss USA Host Jeannie Mai Won’t Quit: ‘I Can’t Abandon These Women’

    People.com – Miss USA lost hosts Cheryl Burke and Thomas Roberts following co-owner Donald Trump’s controversial stance on immigration – but one host vows to stay with the pageant.

    PEOPLE has exclusively learned that Jeannie Mai, who took issue with the real estate tycoon’s comments, remains committed to the pageant’s cause and will be in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 12 as planned.

    “While I absolutely do not condone Mr. Trump’s statements, after careful deliberation I have decided to continue my role as co-host of the upcoming Miss USA Pageant,” Mai, 36, says in a statement.

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    “For the past several years, I have been co-hosting both Miss USA and Miss Universe aligned to support President Paula Shugart. I can’t abandon these women when they need our support now more than ever,” Mai, who also hosts the daytime talk show The Real, continues. “The mission of the Miss Universe organization has always been to unite women from all over the world and celebrate different cultures.They empower women to become role models in their communities in order to build self-esteem and advance philanthropic initiatives.

    Read the full article here.


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    Jul
    2015

    Miss USA/Miss Universe president Paula Shugart talks Donald Trump and the future of the pageant

    EW.com –

    It’s been a whirlwind week for Miss USA/Miss Universe president Paula Shugart: Following GOP hopeful Donald Trump’s offensive comments about Latinos in his campaign kickoff speech, Shugart found herself in the midst of a week-long media onslaught as one by one, performers, co-hosts, and broadcast networks dropped their support of the 64-year-old organization and its annual beauty pageants. Here, Shugart sets the record straight about her plans to stream the upcoming Miss USA pageant online, her role in the ongoing controversy and whether or not the show—in this case, the 2016 Miss Universe pageant—will go on.

    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you have any kind of conversation with Trump about the future of the Miss USA/Miss Universe pageants before he went public with the decision to pursue the Republican presidential nomination?

    PAULA SHUGART: No. We were really business as usual. We are such a small fraction of his business empire, and that of NBC Universal for that matter, so we’ve always operated as a stand-alone company. Honestly, I think our reigning Miss Universe has been at events with him maybe three times in the last seven months. So that’s something I want to impart, that we’re a stand-alone company that operates on its own. We’re a little company that happens to have been caught between two behemoths.

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    Read the full article here.


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    Jul
    2015

    Miss USA Preliminary Competition

    Mark your calendars for the #MissUSA Preliminary Competition streaming LIVE on missusa.com at 9/8c on Wednesday, July 8th. See all 51 contestants compete in swimwear and evening gown to place in the #Top15 for the 2015 MISS USA Pageant LIVE on July 12th. Don’t miss it!

    Hosted by Miss USA 2014, Nia Sanchez and Nick Teplitz.

    Taylor Burton, Miss Maryland USA 2014, is announced as a top 20 finalist in Sherri Hill fashion and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Competition from the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on June 8, 2014 at 8/7c on NBC. She is competing for the title of Miss USA 2014, the coveted Miss USA crown, and the chance to represent the USA at the 2014 MISS UNIVERSE® Competition. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP.

    Taylor Burton, Miss Maryland USA 2014, is announced as a top 20 finalist in Sherri Hill fashion and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Competition from the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on June 8, 2014 at 8/7c on NBC. She is competing for the title of Miss USA 2014, the coveted Miss USA crown, and the chance to represent the USA at the 2014 MISS UNIVERSE® Competition. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP.


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    Jul
    2015

    This year YOU can ask the final question!

    This year YOU can ask the Final Question. Submit a video question on Instagram or post your question in the comments section of the official Miss USA post. Make sure you use #AskMissUSA and YOUR video may be selected for the 2015 #MissUSA Pageant on Sunday July 12th. Start asking your questions now!

    Click here for the official rules: http://bit.ly/1RE0IuI

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    Jul
    2015

    Automobile accident doesn’t stop Preston woman’s quest to become Miss USA

    IdahoStateJournal.com –One would think a chance to represent the state of Idaho in the upcoming Miss USA Pageant would put a young on top of the world, and they would be right, except sometimes our world crashes around us.

    That’s what happened to Claira Hollingsworth, 22, of Preston, who captured the Miss Idaho title in September 2014 and has been on a quest to wear the national crown.

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    All of that nearly ended in a heartbeat, however, in Sacramento, California, on June 6 when the Jeep Wrangler convertible she and three others were riding in overturned twice. Two of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle while Hollingsworth was nearly trapped beneath, suffering a broken left hand and a severe contusion on her right leg. It could not have happened at a worse time, but despite it all, she has been very philosophical about the ordeal.

    “I still have a few weeks to go and I feel really strong and am looking forward to doing the best I can under the circumstances,” she said.

    Read the full article here.