Monday, September 03, 2007

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder

This is an era where everything is concluded with the result of a contest or a poll. Beauty isn't an exception. Beauty pageant, however, is not only based on the external appearance, but also the wit of the person. Nevertheless, errors happen and wrong persons get through various phases in the contest and, sometimes, even emerge as the winners despite having no brainpower. One such example happened in Miss Teen 2007 contest in USA:

Miss Teen South Carolina 2007, Lauren Caitlin Upton, screwed up her response to the question:
Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?

In case you are unable to follow what Miss Lauren Caitlin Upton said, here it is (What she might have intended to say, is emphasized using bold letters)
I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, um, some people out there in our nation don’t have maps and uh, I believe that our, I, education like such as uh, South Africa, and uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should, uh, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, should help South Africa, it should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future, for us.

In spite of going through this quotation many times, it makes no sense to me! But to err is human, and she has admitted her mistake and also has tried to correct her answer in a recent interview:
Well personally, my friends and I, we know exactly where the United States is on our map. I don't know anyone else who doesn't. And if the statistics are correct, I believe there should be more emphasis on geography.

Looks a bit cleaner, isn't it? Well, the real irony is that she went on to become the third runner-up in the Miss Teen USA 2007 contest!! As they say, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and the judge must have seen something special in Miss Lauren Caitlin Upton, may be humor, to pick her as Miss Teen South Carolina 2007!

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~==[[[ Abhi ]]]==~ said...

Well her reply makes it very clear that many Americans can't read the map and do a lot of other things, especially things like answering a simple question!

M G Harish said...

Absolutely! It also shows that the corruption is existing in USA too!!

Vidya said...


Thank you for dropping by my blog. And to answer the question raised in this post, I don't think the judges saw humor when electing her as the runner up!

Celestine said...

she mus hv planned some standard answers for some standard questions and hoped that whatever question she gets will be within the scope of the subject she prepared... prob got taken aback and became nervous when she blanked out.
i dont think she deserved everybody thinking shes a bimbo and stuff. it could happen to anyone.