As for beauty pageant winners, the only thing heavier than the crowns on their heads is how to keep their fame clear. However, some beauties couldn’t hold their titles due to big scandals such as Vanessa Williams, Carrie Prejean and Katie Rees. Now, let's take a look at then-and-now pictures of scandalous beauty queens.
Carrie Prejean, who opposed gay marriage to Perez Hilton – a famous gay blogger and a judge that year, was crowed Miss California in 2009. But, her topless photos were unveiled that made the beauty lose her crown and big contract agreement. Ms. Prejean now publishes a book on the controversy and has a newborn baby Grace Christina.
Carrie Prejean was crowed Miss California in 2009
She wrote a book named “Still Standing: The Untold Story of My Fight Against Gossip, Hate, and Political Attacks”
In 1983, Vanessa Williams won the Miss America title. However, some of her shirtless photos published by Penthouse months later caused her immediate resignation. The beauty now has a successful recording and acting career.
Vanessa Williams was crowned in 1983
She now appears in many famous TV shows like “Ugly Betty” and "Desperate Housewives"
2007 Miss South Carolina Teen USA Lauren Upton became very “famous” for her bumbling political rhetoric. "I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uha people out there in our nation don't have maps, and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq everywhere like, such as and I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., err, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future."
USA Lauren Upton went on to place fourth in the Miss Teen USA 2007 pageant
She appeared in one of Weezer's music videos and got a modeling contract with Trump Model Management
Lindsey Evans, the 2008 Miss Teen Louisiana USA, and her friends ditched a $46 check but forgot to bring along her purse. Consequently, police easily found a baggie of pot. The beauty then posed for Playboy Magazine.
Lindsey Evans was the 2008 Miss Teen Louisiana USA
Lindsey Evans later modeled for Playboy
Katie Rees, the 2007 Miss Nevada USA, allegedly exposed herself and groped other women at a Florida nightclub. As a result, her photos were posted on an escort service website and her title was revoked.
Rees was Miss Nevada USA in 2007
Katie Rees then was arrested for attacking a policeman in 2008 and featured on an infamous reality show in 2009