Miss Michigan World America 2019 Kathy Zhu was recently decrowned by the Miss World America Organization over allegedly racist tweets.
Zhu posted a screenshot of the email exchange with the caption, "Miss World America's State/National/Chief Director accused me of being racist, Islamaphobic, and insensitive. They stripped me of my Miss Michigan title due to my refusal to try on a hijab in 2018, my tweet about black on black gun violence, and "insensitive" statistical tweets."
Since sharing the news, the story has gained a lot of traction with conservative Americans, who claim that she was actually stripped of her title for being an outspoken conservative. She has said she will not take legal action against the organization as she feels they have received enough negative publicity surrounding the story.
Hiccups can be annoying no matter when they occur, but if they happen before an interview or at an appearance, it can feel like a nightmare! Luckily, there is a breathing exercise to help you get rid of them. Exhale all the air that you can before slowly inhaling until your lungs are full. Hold your breath, then exhale the air as slowly as possible.
Pageantry is an industry with its own language. If you're new to the glitz and glamour of pageantry, you're likely unfamiliar with all of the terminology you'll need to know. That is why Pageant Planet has created its own free Pageant Dictionary! Click here to learn all the terms you need to know about the world of pageantry!
Miss England Contestant Wears Wetsuit
A Miss England finalist, Aysha Khan submitted photos of herself in a wetsuit for the optional swimsuit round of the competition, winning the Miss Beach Beauty title and a spot in the Top 20. The swimsuit round was banned in 2010, but contestants can still enter the optional Miss Beach Beauty competition to win trip to Mauritius and a fast-track into the Top 20 overall at the Miss England competition. Khan was the only contestant of the 49 entrants to wear a full-body swimsuit. She wanted to show that you don't need to wear a bikini to feel confident and stay true to her Muslim heritage.
“I did not enter this round to win, but to simply take part and show my take on swimwear. I wanted to show a different take on swimwear, and that you don’t have to wear a bikini to go to the beach,” Khan wrote on Facebook. “It’s a choice to dress with less clothing, it’s also a choice to dress with more and both are equally as empowering as the other as it’s a personal choice and feeling."
First US Murder Conviction Overturned Using DNA
Christopher Tapp was cleared for a decades-old murder he did not commit, after serving 20 years of a 30 year sentence. He was cleared using evidence based on DNA and genetics, the first to come from a new investigative technique. Tapp was found guilty of the 1996 rape and murder of Angie Dodge. This week, a court in the state of Idaho overturned his conviction due to evidence found with "genetic genealogy."
"It's a new life, a new beginning, a new world for me, and I'm just gonna enjoy every day," Tapp said.
In May, police arrested another suspect, Brian Dripps. He was identified using the same genetic genealogy and confessed to the crime. The genetic websites allow users to post DNA test results and generate a list of people with similar genomes, who are distant relatives. The databases also allow police officers to trace DNA found at crime scenes.
50-Year-Old Message in a Bottle Found in Australia
South Australians Paul Elliot and his son Jyah found a 50-year-old message in a bottle on the Eyre Peninsula when fishing. The author, Paul Gilmore, was a 13-year-old English boy traveling to Australia. The paper has Sitmar Line’s company name on it and is dated 17 November 1969. He was traveling on the Fairstar, a ship that brought many British migrants to Australia during the 1960s. They were able to track down Gilmore’s sister, Annie Crossland.
“It’s amazing, absolutely incredible,” she said. “He’ll be chuffed to bits. The last time he was on a ship was probably going to Australia. Cruises aren’t his thing."
Crossland said she recalled seeing her brother writing letters and dropping them in bottles during the journey.
Questions to Consider:
What clothing choices make you feel the most empowered?
Will pageant swimsuit competitions soon be a thing of the past?
How should we react to DNA evidence overturning cases?
If you sent a message in a bottle to be found in 50 years, what would it say?
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It’s no secret that many of our listeners and followers are novices in the industry. Sometimes newer contestants will see or hear a trend, latch onto it and replicate it - not realizing when they do it, it will be the millionth time a judge will have seen it.
So, today, we are going to be discussing some overdone trends we have seen over the past few years and how to avoid them.
I think it is important to note that there are exceptions to every single one of these where someone has been successful with them. It even may be the right thing for YOU, but we want to make you aware and leave the decision up to you.
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