The pageant industry has had its fair share of cheating scandals that have thrown lucrative pageants into disarray, ruining the reputations of contestants, and tarnishing the image of the entire industry.
Last year, the Miss USA 2022 pageant was engulfed in controversy relating to allegations that the results were rigged and that the organization had favored one contestant to win - Miss Texas, R'Bonney Gabriel.
Contestants who were competing alongside Gabriel walked off the stage when she was announced as the first Filipina American Miss USA 2022. The crowning moment, which should have been memorable for all the contestants, was ruined by the insinuations and the suspicions.
Miss Missouri, Mikala McGhee told Insider, "A lot of the girls felt like it was the organization's plan from the beginning for R'Bonney to win, no matter who else was competing."
The Miss USA president, Crystle Stewart was suspended while an investigation was conducted as the scandal continued to play out on many social media platforms.
An investigation by an independent law firm cleared the organization of rigging and the organizers made a statement dismissing the allegations as “absurd” and “unfounded”. But the damage had already been done.
“The false rigging allegations are absurd and distract from the incredible milestones our organization and the delegates experienced this weekend,” the organization said. Then, a few months later, they released Crystle Stewart and brought in Laylah Rose, as new National Director.
Even though the Miss USA pageant had been cleared of any wrongdoing, the suspicions kept swirling and left a bad taste in the mouths of contestants, organizers, and the public. Dreams shattered, hopes deferred, and hearts broken…
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