Did the Miss USA Photos Go Too Far???

A HUGE RESOUNDING YES!!  In my personal opinion.  If you don’t know what I am talking about then you haven’t been watching any news stories this morning or reading the news lately.  What are these photos promoting I want to ask myself.  This is Miss USA not Victoria Secret Catalog.  Here are a few of the pictures so you can see what I am talking about if you haven’t seen yet.  In this photo you can see Miss Idaho, Miss Virginia, Miss Oklahoma, Miss Rhode Island. But it’s not just them, it’s all of the contestants like this.

Photos from FoxNews.Com


I feel like I am looking at the start of a spread for Playboy, not the Miss USA contestants.  Big surprise here but Donald Trump is okay with this.  Obviously that’s not a huge shocker.  What I want to know is the girls who weren’t okay with this how did they get through the photo shoot?  According to Fox News, a few of them did call their state director a bit distressed about the shoot.

Wasn’t Carrie Prejean stripped of her title for a topless photo?  This is essentially one step away from that and the Miss USA organization is okay with it.  I feel a little hypocrisy going on underneath the layers.  Scandal sells right…well I must say this is definitely scandalous.  Miss USA should be about scholarships and the things that can be done to help communities, not primping ourselves to be the next Playboy Playmate and selling that.

On the Today Show this morning it was said that these girls want to be like the Victoria Secret models, um last I checked not everyone who enters the Miss USA is aspiring to be an underwear model.  Fox new’s insider said it best: “The girls who don’t place in the top 15 [at the May 16 show] will be going home to parents [and will] have to get a job, and these pictures will now always be out there.” *taken from Fox story*

Just to show the difference here is one of the contestants head shot and then her lingerie shot…I mean really what a difference!! She is a beautiful girl the lingerie shot is not needed in my honest opinion.

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I would be pulling my daughter out right about now if they asked her to take pictures in barely there apparel!

Keep in mind these are the official Miss USA photos, not some they just decided to take on a whim for fun.

  • What are your thoughts on the Miss USA photos?
  • Are they going with the times as one person said or are they going too far?
  • Where should the line be drawn in pageants that are based on beauty?
  • How sexy is too sexy and what is this modeling for our children?
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  1. 1
    Maria Delgado

    I am pretty sickened by the state of our world. Just plain ridiculous. Wondering what scandal next years competition will hold.

  2. 3

    I thought the whole scandal was that there was someone who had posed for these pictures and she was being kicked out of the contest. Obviously I really hadn’t paid attention to it before now.
    But for the Miss USA to be taking these pictures! Wow….not good at all.
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Summer Vacation – Organizing the Car =-.

    • 4

      I agree with you Sandy. My mouth dropped open when they showed them on the news this morning.

      • 5

        Vanessa Williams lost her crown for a nude pic.
        .-= Jennifer @ J. Leigh Designz´s last blog ..Give It Away Wednesday! Link up all your Giveaways! 5.12.10 =-.

  3. 7

    Aren’t these competitions supposed to show class? I am no prude, women have their sensual side. But in my opinion, there should be more modesty within Miss USA pageant. Ask any man walking down the street what he finds hotter, a woman’s portrait that leaves something to the imagination, or an over done and over made up could-pass-as-a-hooker portrait. I know what my husband would pick…
    .-= Mrs. Cox´s last blog ..Friendly Reminder =-.

  4. 11

    I hadn’t heard anything about it, but it disturbs me. The sad part of this is that a huge part of America thinks this is OK. Images like this are something found in porn magazine. I am sure that there are millions who would disagree with me, but when I follow this trail, and what is acceptable in the United States and around the world, I see domestic violence, sexual predators, abductions, prostitution, strip clubs and sex trafficing. Of all ages and both genders from children to mature adults.

    The biggest problem is the politicians who allow all of this to happen. And the “good fathers” and “good role models” who think it is OK to visit prostitutes, watch porn and visit strip clubs most likely will never add all of this up and when their children or wives are abducted these men will never see the connection.

    It is images like these that are ultimately causing and contributing to the downfall of our future.
    .-= LisaC´s last blog ..Thankful Thursday, Owain’s 2nd Birthday Edition (part 4) =-.

    • 12

      Nope I agree it’s essentially the beginning of a Playboy spread in my opinion.. Bravo comment 🙂

  5. 13

    Posing almost naked is so not necessary and really disappointing. My friends daughter is 10 and already dealing with body image issues. My heart goes out to her.

    On a positive note – Their hair looks awesome! It’s amazing what big roller, hair product and a great hair dresser can do.

  6. 18
    Rhonda Fulfer

    Modesty offends no one, I feel the Miss USA lacks modesty. If this is our value system for today we need to change it. At one time little girls dreamed to grow up and be the next Miss USA a girl that has values, character, modesty, and a role model for others to follow.We need to get back to the good ol days.Put some clothes on for goodness sake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. 20

    I don’t see it any different then what they do live, with all the outfits and themes. It shows their diversity, not everyone looks good and can show skin tastefully. there is a huge difference in what those pictures show and a topless picture. Their wearing more clothes then they will in the bikini contest. its not ‘that bad’ and i am a conservative kinda guy.

    • 21

      Thanks for sharing your opinion, I do think there is a huge difference in lingerie and bathing suits. To me this is what should be in Victoria Secret not official Miss USA contestant photos

  8. 22

    Oh. My. I have no idea where to start. Granted the Miss USA competition really never about brains or smarts. But this goes beyond even a simple beauty competition. Wow.
    .-= Molly´s last blog ..I am who I am (or am I?) =-.

    • 23

      My thoughts exactly, it definitely paints a much too sultry picture in my opinion. I would expect these shots for a Victoria Secret contest not Miss USA

  9. 24

    I think they are completely inappropriate for an organization like this, do they not stress education, scholarships ect? It seems very hypocritical in someway.
    I do not find the pics to be wrong, or nasty, this is just an inappropriate way to show these girls who are in the pageant.

    • 25

      See that’s my big point. If they want to be a VS model then these pictures would be for something like that but these are not VS model girls kwim, this is a pageant and should be kept classy in my taste. Overall the pageants with the barely there bikini’s and revealing evening gowns have gone downhill but this just pushes the button way too far. Thanks for commenting MImi 🙂

  10. 26

    Wow! Disappointed is only the beginning. As someone who participated in the pageant scene as a child with dreams of Miss America….I will say, as a woman of morals & convictions, I would never pose in a seductive shoot like this. Nor will my daughter ever participate in pageants after this! They have certainly cheapened the reputation of Miss USA and made it nothing more than a “beauty pageant”. Sadly, pageant girls have for years strived toward the reputation of an intelligent woman of influence, not just a “trophy girl”. By the way….Miss USA…that is not how I want my America to be represented!!!!

  11. 28
    Christina Almond

    This is just appalling to me! Miss USA is supposed to be a role model to girls and women worldwide! Is this really what we want to depict as a role model to our future women leaders?! My son’s paternal grandmother was Miss New Hampshire in 1967. I am curious what she thinks of these–I’m sure she is disgusted quite honestly!

  12. 30

    I had NO idea about this until I saw your post. This is appalling! This is the woman our girls are supposed to look up to? The role model? Really?

    And they wonder WHY our children are hypersexualized. Look what they are growing up to believe is “normal” for a young woman of influence. The message here: If you’re not showing it “all” then no one’s listening to you.

    Sick. This is a SAD, pathetic day for America and for the Miss USA pageant history…
    .-= Kat @ For the Love of Chaos´s last blog ..WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: One Happy Boy{Man}… Vroom Vroom! =-.

  13. 32

    I’m actually not too shocked because I think Miss USA has always been a little bit risky, but I do think this is going too far. Especially after they kicked someone off for a topless photo.

    I’m sick of all the skin that is allowed these days. It just feeds the perverts and causes problems for men that struggle with pornography. I would rather not have all that skin showing.
    .-= Alexia´s last blog ..Indivisible =-.

    • 33

      Oh they are definitely more risque than the america pageants but this is much too much.

  14. 34

    I’m not sure what to say (type)…
    I didn’t realize this was happening. I had not seen or heard the news until you shared it here on your blog, so part of me wants to say thanks for bringing this to light. However, I don’t know if I should be grateful for something like this. Nothing against you, Toni. I’m just disgusted with the “state” of our United States.
    .-= Anita´s last blog ..Another Tuesday edition of Menu Plan Monday =-.

    • 35

      I am with you, I was appalled that the organization took these. If these girls wanted to do something like this on their own well that’s their prerogative but for the organization to be doing these photos is sad.

  15. 36

    Ditto! Way overboard on these photos! And (don’t know for sure it’s true, but…) I heard that the girls didn’t know these photos were going to be done till they started doing the shoot. Whoa! Really sad that Trump and other business people think they need to do this to sell their product. And sadder still that so many people will buy into it!
    .-= Some Lucky Dog´s last blog ..Win a Lauren Nicole Initial Necklace at A Nut In A Nutshell =-.

    • 37

      That’s what I read too on Fox news that some of them started calling their pagent directors.

  16. 38

    This is the first I’ve heard/seen about these photos. It is definitely not the image I’ve always had in mind of the Miss America pageant. I cannot see myself encouraging young girls to aspire to participate in this competition. Disturbing.
    .-= Aubien´s last blog ..Martha’s Banana Pudding For A Crowd … =-.

    • 39

      I know I won’t be encouraging my daughter to enter this series of pagents unless some major things get changed.

  17. 40

    You can’t blame this solely on the Miss USA organization. Each one of these girls is capable of saying know and standing up for themselves if they had an issue.
    .-= Travis Williams´s last blog ..Maggie’s Photo Shoot =-.

    • 41

      I do agree they can stand up for themselves and some did call their directors worried, I mean they made it so far a lot would be so divided on whether to give up right then. But the fact that they should have to even have to stand up for themselves against photos like these should never have been in the first place in my opinion. 🙂

    • 42

      Oh No, they had spent YEARS going through their local and state pageants. Not to mention all of the pageants throughout their childhood , hoping for a chance like this. Thousands of $ on dresses, stylists, personal trainers, dietitians, the pressure to do this is NOT like someone just walking up to you on the street asking if you’ll pose for photos. It’s a life decision on a moment’s notice. MAny said they had no idea this would be included.

      It’s horrible. The question is, will people stand up and not watch this year?
      .-= Real Life Sarah´s last blog ..GET REAL on MomTV: Shamelessly Promote Yourself… Really! =-.

      • 43

        OHHH that is a good question Sarah! I want to say I won’t LOL but being that my cousin is in it I am torn, I can keep up on twitter I guess with the updates LOL

  18. 44

    I don’t want to say it, but it’s the organization. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this organization is funded by Donald Trump. While I’m sure it’s a worthy organization and the girls get scholarship money…it’s just not as classy as the Miss America Organizeation. I’ve worked for close to 10 years on some point of the Miss Nebraska Scholarship Pageant, with the last 5 years devoted to PR.

    I am all for scholarship pageants…if they are done like the MAO. There is so much more than just a pageant. These girls earn their scholarship money, volunteer their time and efforts to worthy causes and are role models that little girls look up too.

    Obviously, I’m not a fan of the Miss USA pageant. Give my the MAO anyday!
    .-= Sky´s last blog ..Happy Mother’s Day! =-.

  19. 46

    The only thing I can think of is that they think this will keep the pageant more relevant perhaps, or at least keep it on top of mind for people since their ratings seem to tank every year. I’m not someone who tunes in for this anymore, but I might have when I was younger with my mom.
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..Decorating is hard work =-.

  20. 47

    They sexualize everything now… even teenagers like Miley Cyrus. People who don’t NEED to sell because they’re famous already seem to think they need SEX to sell even more. That’s just greedy.
    .-= Rachel @ a la Modest´s last blog ..Inara George (The Bird and the Bee) =-.

  21. 48

    Going against your grain here.

    These are not girls; they are grown women. And no woman I know – should she be so lucky to look like one of these few – would not like a photograph like this of herself. And those bathing suits reveal more skin than what is shown in the sultry shots.

    The point, for me, is that whether they are in bathing suits, or underwear, these are not role models for our little girls. A role model is your best friend, or the awesome babysitter next door, or that devoted young teacher – NOT celebrities of any kind. Not because ALL of them are terrible role models, but face it, a lot of them are.

  22. 49

    i envy Vanessa Williams eyes, they are very beautiful~:;