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Wednesday 1 October 2014

5 Most Talked About Beauty Queens

Published 16/07/2014 | 13:19

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Former Miss California Carrie Prejean has been stripped of her tiara. Photo: Getty Images

In the wake of 18-year-old Irina Alexeyeva being 'ugly shamed' on social media after winning the title, we look back at other pageant queens who got us talking.

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1. Vanessa Williams - Miss America 1984

How can there ever be a list about beauty pageants - in any shape or form - without mentioning Vanessa Williams? As the first woman of colour to nab the Miss America title in 1984, she relinquished the crown after nude photos taken earlier in her career were published in Penthouse magazine. She went on to have a successful career as an actress and is still having the last laugh.

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2. Carrie Ann Prejean - Miss California 2008

Carrie Ann ruffled more than a few feathers with her opposition to same sex marriage - a view, which she says cost her the Miss USA title. She was later stripped of the Miss California crown due to an 'unwillingness to make appearances', according to officials. She is now married to former NFL player Kyle Boller and works with children with developmental difficulties.

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3. Rima Fakih - Miss USA 2010

As America's first Muslim winner, she paved the way for Islamic women to compete in pageants. She was the subject of controversy when video of her competing in a stripper pole competition in 1997 came back to haunt her.

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4. Torika Watters - Miss Fiji 2012

Watters had to hand over the crown due to the fact that she didn't meet the minimum age requirement of 17 (she was 16 when she won).

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5.  Tara Conner - Miss USA 2006

Conner faced accusations of heavy partying during her 2006 reign, in which she moved to New York for her official duties. After she handed over her crown, she admitted to having an alcohol problem. Pageant owner Donald Trump was the first to jump to her defence saying that 'everyone deserves a second chance'. 

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