Top five beauty pageant fails

01:20, Jun 19 2014
Pageant gaffes
Caitlin Upton, Miss Teen USA 2007, South Carolina: Her attempt to answer why a fifth of Americans couldn't locate their own country on a map was a blabbering mess.
Pageant gaffes
Joanlia Lising, Miss Philippines USA 2013: Her answer to perhaps the most cringe-worthy question of them all was a disaster.
Pageant gaffes
Marissa Powell, Miss USA 2013, Utah: When her answer to why women earn less than men turned into an epic fail, she tried to cover it up with a winning smile... fail.
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Venus Raj, Miss Universe 2010, Philippines: When she couldn't admit to making any mistakes in her life she lost all credibility.
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Audrey Bolte, Miss USA 2012, Ohio: When asked if she thought women were depicted on screen in an accurate and positive way, she used Pretty Women as an example - basically saying prostitutes are positive role models. Hmmm.

Some women have it all: beauty and brain farts. In honour of Miss USA's embarrassing geography fail, we take a look at the top five beauty pageant gaffes.

1. Miss Teen USA 2007, South Carolina

When Caitlin Upton attempted to answer why a fifth of Americans couldn't locate their own country on a map, her blabbering response went, like, totally viral. She said:

"I personally believe that US 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 South Africa and the Iraq, everywhere like such as and I believe that ... our education over here in the US should help the US or should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so that we will be able to build up the future for our children."

2. Miss Philippines USA 2013

There's no denying it was a cringe-worthy question: "Among the five senses, which would you prefer to have if you could only have one?" Groan. But just when you thought it couldn't get worse, this is how Joanlia Lising answered:

"If I had to pick out of five senses I would pick seeing, because seeing is the sense that we can ever see because seeing is believing. And believing what you see is perfect and out of all the senses seeing would really be wonderful because... thank you, that will be it."


3. Miss USA 2013, Utah

Marissa Powell knew it was all going to custard when she attempted to answer why women earn less than men. So she resorted to trying to dazzle us into oblivion with her smile. Sorry Marissa, the internet sees and hears all...

"I think we can relate this back to education. And how we are... continuing to try to strive to... figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem. And I think, especially the men... are seen as the leaders of this and so we need to see how to... create education better. So that we can solve this problem. Thank you."

4. Miss Universe 2010, Philippines

When Venus Raj was asked about one big mistake she had made in her life, little did she know, she about just about to make one of her biggest with her cocky answer. She said:

"In my 22 years of existence I can say that there is nothing major major, I mean problem that I have done in my life because I am very confident with my family, with the love that they are giving to me. So, thank you so much that I am here!"

5. Miss USA 2012, Ohio

According to Audrey Bolte, prostitutes are positive role models. Asked if she thought women were depicted on screen in an accurate and positive way, she replied (without a touch of irony):

"I think there are some movies that depict women in a very positive role, and then some movies that put them in a little bit more of a negative role - but by the end of the movie they show that 'woman power' that I know we all have, such as the movie Pretty Woman. We had a wonderful beautiful woman, Julia Roberts, and she was having a rough time. But, you know what, she came out on top, and she didn't let anybody stay in her path."