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Beauty Pageant Scandals!

From racy photos to controversial answers, some of the biggest scandals in beauty pageants. We just like the pictures.

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    From racy photos to controversial answers, some of the biggest scandals in beauty pageants. We just like the pictures.
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    Miss California USA Carrie Prejean has come under fire ever since her controversial answer to a question about gay marriage, which she believes cost her the Miss USA crown.
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    Former Miss USA Tara Connor became the poster child of "Beauty Queens Gone Bad" when reports of her drinking and drug habits surfaced in late 2006. After a public apology, Donald Trump announced that she would be allowed to keep her crown if she entered rehab.
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    Former Miss Teen USA Katie Blair allegedly squealed on her former friend Tara Connor, but not without bringing herself under fire as well. Her not-so-innocent extracurricular activities - underage drinking and carousing with Conner - led the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving to sever ties with Blair.
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    Former Miss Nevada Katie Rees, who was dethroned over raunchy photos posted online in 2006, was arrested a year later for a routine traffic violation, according to the Las Vegas police department.
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    Miss Washington 2008 Elyse Umemoto wore her crown while playing beer pong and flashing explicit hand signals in a series of photographs that surfaced on the Web last summer. She was allowed to keep her crown, but was publicly reprimanded.
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    Some headline-grabbing slip-ups are more innocent than others...like when Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart and Miss USA 2007 Rachel Smith, both took tumbles on the pageant runway at consecutive Miss Universe competitions.
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    But others are much more serious.... Kumari Fulbright, a law student who competed for the Miss Arizona title in 2005 and 2006, was arrested in late 2007 on charges that she kidnapped and tortured an ex-boyfriend.
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    Some beauty queens fight back. Miss North Carolina Rebekah Revels won the 2002 crown, but later resigned after it was learned she had posed for nude photographs. She later sued to regain her title, claiming she was forced to resign, but lost.
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    Before Vanessa Williams was an acclaimed TV star and singer, she became the first African-American woman to win the Miss America pageant in 1984. She was forced to give up her crown when photos of her, which she had taken prior to the competition, appeared in Penthouse magazine.
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    But a few racy photos didn't stop Miss New Jersey Amy Polumbo from competing for the national title. Polumbo revealed weeks after she won her crown in summer 2007 that she received a threatening letter accompanied by photos of herself cavorting with friends.
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    Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2008 Julia Dalton allegedly dined-and-dashed at a restaurant in Bossier City, La. The 18-year-old left her purse, which was allegedly found with a bag of marijuana inside, at the restaurant, leading to her arrest on one count of possession and theft.
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    Kelli McCarty, a Kansas native who won the crown in 1991, played the part of "Beth" on the NBC soap opera "Passions," but is now making a name for herself with her X-rated exploits. She has just completed work on a porno film titled, "Faithless".
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    Another beauty queen creating scandal long after her reign, former Miss America Elizabeth Ward, who was named Miss Arkansas in 1981, told the New York Daily News in 1998 that she had sex with Bill Clinton when he was Arkansas governor.
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    Mexican beauty queen Laura Zuniga was arrested with six other men. presumed company of the Juarez cartel lord and five other presumed drug dealers. But she's not the only beauty queen cavorting with drug dealers...
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    Laura Hernandez, a former TV news reporter in Puerto Rico and a beauty queen, was sentenced to three years in prison for drug trafficking in the Dominican Republic in 2005.
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    Former Virginia beauty queen Tracy Lippard, 23, was convicted of two counts of second-degree attempted murder after attacking a romantic rival and her family.
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    Heather "Hedy" L. Di Carlo, 36, the 2005 Mrs. New Jersey pageant winner, was charged with 3rd degree theft and 3rd degree bad checks. According to reports, Di Carlo wrote several bad checks for numerous antique furniture items.
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    Anika Lacree Getter, a former Miss Lawton beauty pageant contestant, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of accessory after the fact in the 2006 robbery and killing of a National Guard soldier.
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    Former Filipino beauty queen, Alma Concepcion, was detained by Guam authorities in 1998 after airport inspectors allegedly found amphetamines in her purse.
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    Sharron Nicole Redmond, Miss Savannah 2003, was charged with murdering her two-timing boyfriend, Kevin Shorter, but was acquitted in 2005 after claiming she acted in self-defense.
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    Sometimes a little scandal is simultaneously beautiful. Brazilian inmates at Butanta prison in San Paulo compete in a beauty pageant to choose the most beautiful inmate of Sao Paulo state in 2004.
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    But Brazil wasn't the first country to do prison pageants. Organizers of the 'Miss Captivity' beauty contest in Lithuania, claim the contest, billed as the world's first prison beauty pageant, was the first of its kind in the world.