Beauty pageants are meant to be a display of beauty and brains. The beauty on stage is plain to see. But, some contestants' answers have got people questioning the brains part.
Miss Philippines USA contestant Joanlia Lising's response to an onstage question is the latest in a long line of cringe-inducing answers.
She looked confident as she sashayed up to the microphone. Perhaps she got a sequin stuck in her eye or perhaps it was the nerves, but it was all downhill from there.
Asked which of the five senses she would prefer to have and why, the "Licensed Practical Nurse graduate" began by thanking the host "for that wonderful question".
"If I had to pick out of the five senses," she said, "I would pick seeing because seeing is the sense that we can ever see because seeing is believing."
She got that part right. If only she quit while she was ahead.
"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."
And with that she gave a winning smile. Winning, but for all the wrong reasons.
Other "winning" onstage corkers have included Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, who became the number one trend on Twitter earlier this year.
She was asked a question about a report which found that although women are the primary earners in 40 per cent of American families with children, they continue to earn less than men.
"What does this say about society?" the judge asked.
"I think we can relate this back to education," Powell began, beaming. "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."
But, that answer was arguably eloquent, compared to some others.
Miss California 2009, Carrie Prejean, was another contestant whose answer created a commotion.
When asked about legalising same sex marriage in America, she hailed the United States as a land of choice. "It's great", she said "that you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage."
The car crash continues throughout the years.
Caitlin Upton, the South Carolina contestant in the 2007 Miss Teen USA title has yet to live down her response to why a fifth of Americans can't locate the US on a world map.
"I personally believe that US Americans are unable to do so, because some people out there in our nation don't have maps," she said.
"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."
A confused and confusing answer. If only she had Miss Panama 2009, Giosue Cozzarelli, there to assist. She could have cleared up the confusion.
"Confucius," Cozzarell said with complete confidence, "was one of the people who invented confusion. Because of this he was one of the most ancient, he was one of the Chinese ... Japanese who were one of the most ancient. Thank you."
No, thank you. She might not have won, but she did become a sensation on YouTube.
Joanlia, who didn't place in the Miss Philippines USA contest, which finished on Sunday 18 August, might expect a similar crowning glory.
- FFX Aus
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