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Miss Oregon forced to give up her crownJuly 19, 2012 @ 5:39 pm
Controversy and beauty pageants go together like bouffant hair and a glitzy crown.
Rachel Berry has stepped down from her position as Miss Oregon after questions were raised regarding the residency requirements for the competition.
Questions, I've learned, are often raised by those who don't win beauty contests.
â€śAfter a subsequent review of the residency requirement, Miss Berry was not able to prove she satisfied the residency requirement six months prior to competing in the Miss Willamette Valley pageant in April 2012," according to a statement released by Dana Phillips, the director of Miss Oregon's pageant.
Berry will not be competing in the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas in January of 2013.
Instead, the runner-up will likely get that opportunity, although no decision has been made. The first runner-up was Nicole Mead of Three Rivers.
In a statement, Berry said, "To compete for Miss America is a dream I have worked toward since I was young, but I accept this decision to do the right thing and relinquish this title. In the spirit of what Miss America stands for, I would not want to deprive another contestant of the opportunity to represent the beautiful State of Oregon at the Miss America Pageant."
I know what you're thinking. "Whoa, why so many stories about beauty pageants News Chick?"
My defense is a weak one. I grew up watching Miss America pageants on TV with my mom. I still like them today because they remind me of her, a true beauty.
AP Photo/Don Anderson
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