A christmas lesson for Miss Nevada
December 21, 2006
Here’s a Christmas lesson for you children. If you are selected to represent your state in a beauty pageant, don’t go out every night drinking or cavorting. However, you can do it and still retain your crown if you remember one very important rule.
DON’T POSE FOR PICTURES.
Just days after Miss USA narrowly escaped Donald Trump’s Office with her tiara, Miss Nevada USA Katie Rees, wasn’t so lucky. Officials did to Rees what she allegedly did at a Tampa, Fla., some stripping.
The only difference between the two, Rees had photos appear on a MySpace page (www.myspace.com/tiffmasters) and Conner was photo free. The photos can be seen at http://www.canada.com/topics/entertainment/gallery/missnevada.html but be warned because they are definitely ‘R’ rated.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in this case two famous words will suffice.
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Read the whole article below, courtesy of The Associated Press:
By ADAM GOLDMAN
Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) ” Miss Nevada USA was stripped of her title Thursday after racy photos of her appeared on the Internet, pageant officials said.
Some of the photos show Katie Rees, 22, kissing other young women, exposing one of her breasts and pulling down her pants to show her thong underwear at a party in Tampa, Fla.
“Katie Rees has been relieved of her duties as Miss Nevada USA 2007,” said Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, which owns the Miss USA pageant and others.
Rees’ dismissal comes two days after Miss USA Tara Conner was allowed to keep her tiara when she admitted underage drinking at New York bars and agreed to go into rehab and undergo drug testing.
Pageant officials couldn’t immediately provide a telephone number for Rees and said they didn’t know when the photos of her were taken.
Shugart made the decision to jettison Rees, but pageant co-owner Donald Trump supported it, said Miss Universe Organization spokeswoman Lark-Marie Anton.
Trump, who co-owns Miss Universe with NBC, gave Conner a second chance after meeting with her Tuesday. Trump said Conner, 21, was a good person with a good heart and deserved to keep her title.
“I think Tara is going to be the great comeback kid,” Trump said.
Apparently, there will be no comeback for Rees, whose reign was truncated because of the photos.
Rees has appeared as Miss Nevada USA at charity events such as the Goodie Two Shoe Giveaway, at which underprivileged students received free shoes, backpacks and school supplies.
Shugart said first runner-up Helen Salas will assume the title and compete at the next Miss USA pageant on March 23 in Los Angeles.
Think they made the right decision? Tell me about it .
– Jarid Shipley is a reporter for the Nevada Appeal. Contact him a firstname.lastname@example.org or 881-1217.