It would make sense for beauty pageant contestants to look up to contestants from past pageants. They can look to them for inspiration on poise, presentation and even how they handle the question-and-answer portion. That said, they probably shouldn't be looking to Miss Teen South Carolina 2007, Caitlin Upton -- she of the infamous "the Iraq everywhere like such as..." And yet, Miss Utah seemed to be channeling Upton when she answered a question on "The 2013 Miss USA Pageant."
Marissa Powell, 21-years old, was powering her way through the competition when she hit a major roadblock. She was asked about how women are continuing to earn less than men in America, and what she thinks that means for our society.
"How to create jobs right now, that is the biggest problem right now, and I think especially the men are seen as leaders of this and so we need to figure out how to create education better so we can solve this problem," Powell answered.
The Kansas City Star defended Marissa, seeming to take issue with the question. "They were not cream puff questions," they wrote. "What happened to those questions about world peace?” But Deadspin was less forgiving, calling this the worst answer since Miss Upton bombed in 2007.
Let's compare. Miss Teen South Carolina said, “I personally believe, that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there, in our nation don’t have maps. And I believe that our education, like such as in South Africa and the Iraq, everywhere, like such as… And, I believe they should -- our education over here, in the U.S. -- should help the U.S., or should help South Africa, and should help the Iraq and Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future, for us.”
That answer will never be beaten. Sorry Miss Utah. At least it didn't hurt her too much. Powell still managed to secure 3rd Runner-Up status at the pageant.
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