Dear Pageant Girl,

What is it with all these women and their pasts?

Now, we all LOVE a juicy scandal, and just when you thought you’ve seen THE pageant scandal of the year with Jenna and the Transgenders in the Miss Universe competition, the Dominican Republic serves up another spicy dish.

Less than 48 hours ago, the recently crowned Miss Dominican Republic 2012, Carlina Duran (recently as in a week ago on April 17) was stripped of her crown and her title given to fiery red head Dulcita Lieggi (don’t you just love her name), her first runner up.


It was discovered that Carlina, a 5’11 beauty from La Vega, was married and divorced and as we all know, according to pageant rules, “contestants must not be, and never have been married”.

In this age where EVERYTHING is accessible you have to sit back and ask…what was she thinking?

Knowing full well the contest rules and regulations, what possessed her to compete for the crown?

Poor girl was probably just trying to pursue a lifelong dream, but all chances of making that dream come true she sabotaged by making the decision to get married.

Yesterday,Carlina spoke out through her attorney and told the public the details of her marriage – that she was married to a Dominican-Arab in June of 2009 but abruptly annulled the marriage soon after, claiming too that the marriage was never consummated (ewwwww).

What is ironic is that Carlina represented the Dominican Republic at the Miss Tourism Queen International pageant in China in December and no one picked up on her mis-sisdeameanor.

Carlina says that she hid this (very important!) detail from pageant organisers as a result of “inexperience”.

These kinds of scandals are expected each year.  It keeps the Miss Universe publicity machine well oiled.  In 1999, Miss Guam abruptly left the competition because it was discovered that she was pregnant. In 2001 all eyes were on Miss France when it was leaked to the press that she used to be a man (this allegation proved to be untrue).

2002 saw the first Miss Universe to be fired because the Miss Universe Organisation claimed Oxana Fedorova of Russia was “difficult to work with”. Her crown was then given to her first runner up, Justine Pasek of Panama.

This year Jenna Talackova competed for Miss Universe Canada only to be disqualified when news surfaced that Jenna was born male.  Global discussions forced the Miss Universe Organisation to change the rules, thus allowing transgenders (those who are legally recognised in their countries to be females) to compete.

So this bears the question – if MUO allows transgenders to compete – where do you draw the line? Should the organisation then change the rules to accommodate and allow single unwed mothers and divorcees to compete?

In this day when women are told that they can “have it all” – when it comes to the Miss Universe pageant, can they really have it all?

What do you think?