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Another Beauty Queen

Bites the Dust

1/15/2007 2:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ashley HarderIt has not been a good year for beauty queens. First, reigning Miss USA Tara Conner got called to The Donald's office and sent to rehab for a few "indiscretions," then Miss Nevada Katie Rees' crown was yanked after steamy photos of her surfaced on TMZ. Now Miss New Jersey Ashley Harder has resigned from her throne -- because she went and got herself knocked up!

The Philadelphia Daily News reports that the 20-year-old Harder has voluntarily stepped down, because it's against pageant rules to compete while pregnant. Not to mention how much tougher it is in heels. Harder, who was crowned in October, told the newspaper she's expecting her child in "late summer" and plans to marry her live-in boyfriend. As for Trump, a rep tells TMZ that he wishes the now former Miss New Jersey well.

The next Miss USA will be crowned on March 23 in Los Angeles. The winner of that competition goes on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. Both pageants are owned by Donald Trump and NBC.

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16.

Gwen    

Sammyjo,

Actually only Nevada and New Jersey are gone. 2 out of 51 is not bad. There are some beautiful, accomplished women competing for Miss USA. Hopefully they'll pick one who can live up to the standards set in writing when they sign a contract.

2841 days ago
17.

knobbie    

Theyre all whores and skanks. They wouldnt enter if they wernt.

2841 days ago
18.

Miss USA may have fallen but in true American spirit got back up with class.    

I'm shocked you all are calling this girl a slut! That says more about your morals and values. She recently did an interview saying that SHE chose to step down because "the title of motherhood has more importance then the title of Miss USA in my life now" and that's commendable. She also further stated there's "no scandel here. It's a new life being brought into the world" You all sit on a gossip site trash talking people you don't know then go off on a young lady who is having a child with her LIVE in boyfriend of years who she plans to marry soon? Are you kidding me?

There's plenty of girls in beauty pageants I know who are great role models, very involved, and happen to be beautiful but most everyone loves hating on pageant girls since they are beautiful and pretty people are easy targets and the first we like to see fall. There's good (vast majority of pageant titleholders and Miss USAs ) and bad (Katie Rees, Former Miss Nevada USA) in every sampling of population in anything you do from your family, to actors in showbiz, to even politicians. You can't catagorize them all together.

I just checked out to line up of this years Miss USA delegates and they are so unbelievably gorgeous and accomplished. Miss Tennessee was one of the first people appointed by Oprah Winfrey to go teach at her school in South Africa..and the girl is like 20! Should be very interesting to see who they crown on March 23rd at the Kodak Theatre cause it's a competitive group an dmost likely they'll go with the classiest/most conservative.

2840 days ago
19.

Gwen    

Dear Hollywood,

Finally a word of reason. You are correct. The vast majority if not MOST pageant contestants and certainly winners are outstanding representatives of today's young people. One also needs to know Miss USA is not the only pageant in town. There is Miss America, and a host of other outstanding programs that set their standards high for their contestants.

I agree with you. Some people don't like "beauty" because they don't see any of it in their own lives, internally or externally. I find that the people that YELL the loudest against successful and beautiful women are usually the true dregs of society, that get a kick out of rediculing what they will never be.

2840 days ago
20.

KiKi    

LETS TRY THIS AGAIN SHALL WE

MISS USA IS BASICALLY JUDGED ON BEAUTY

MISS AMERICA IS JUDGED ON BRAINS BEAUTY AND TALENT. THE WHOLE PACKAGE.

LEARN THE DIFFERNCE.

AND SHE HAD TO STEP DOWN BECAUSE IF SHE RAN FOR USA SHE WOULD BE SHOWING BY THAT TIME JACKASSES. SHE WOULDNT HAVE STEPPED DOWN IF SHE DIDNT THINK SHE WOULD GET CAUGHT.

AND ON TOP OF THAT NO SHE DOESNT HAVE ANY MORALS BEACAUSE SHE GO KNOCKED UP AND LIVES WITH HER BOYFRIEND. FIRST COMES MARRIAGE REMEMBER!?

I KNOW ITH DOESNT REALLY APPLY TO TODAYS SOCIETY BUT REALLY COME ON.

IM SURE THERE WERE A LOT OF GIRLS WHO DESERVED TO WEAR THE CROWNS BUT WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO IN THE END THE ARE THE OPINIONS ON 5-7 JUDGES.

2840 days ago
21.

Ricky Ticky Tock    

Miss Nevada looks like she'll suck a golfball through a garden hose

2840 days ago
22.

Gwen    

Pageant Princess,

Last year Miss Oklahoma, Jenniger Barry won Miss America. SHE WAS BY ALMOST ALL ACCOUNTS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF THE CONTESTANTS. Miss America may say they are about talent, interview, and beauty but BEAUTY is what the public sees and wants in a beauty pageant winner.

2840 days ago
23.

KiKi    

Jed,

Jennifer Berry is indeed beautiful but she also had talent! Did you see her talent? And on top of that the girl has Brains. Did you see her in an interview on CNN. Very well spoken.

The total packeage Brains Beauty and Talent!

Dont get it twisted. Miss USA can not compare to Miss America.

So what was the basis for your comment? I

2840 days ago
24.

KiKi    

Jed,

Her last name is BERRY!

JENNIFER BERRY!

2840 days ago
25.

Gwen    

Pageant Princess,

It doesn't take a wizard to know that Miss America cannot compete at Miss USA. They are two totally seperate national pageants. Just to prove I could beat you in any drag down contest of pageant facts, Miss America began in Atlantic City in 1921. Miss USA was circa 1950. Did you know Miss Princess that the Miss Universe Pageant is the second most watched program world-wide next to the Academy Awards? It is shown to a world-wide audience of over 650 million people in over 140 countries, while Miss America is a tired little affair drawn out over 4 lacklaster and talentless days in Las Vegas. Miss America used to have talent. Having watched the pageant last year on CMT it was obvious the top five had very little. Don't mess with a pageant expert.

2840 days ago
26.

KiKi    

Seriously

Um who really gives a shit?

Not me.

What the hell are you talking about?

Get a life really.

Its not that serious Jed?

What the hell. LOL

2840 days ago
27.

KiKi    

Um also Jed

I said that Miss USA TARA CONNER CAN NOTCOMPETE WITH JENNIFER BERRY MISS AMERICA

MEANING THAT JENNIFER BERRY IS PRETTIER AND SMARTER.

LOL put the crack pipe down

2840 days ago
28.

KiKi    

Put the pipe down. JUst put it to the side.

Its okay, Drugs are bad really.

LOL idiot

And if you knew so much about pageants you would have known her las name was BERRY!

Jasckass!

2840 days ago
29.

Adrienne    

Oh man, I think the Golden Age of beauties queens passed a long time ago...TWENTY and pregs? What was she thinking. Girl, get it together.

http://www.celebrityfox.com

2840 days ago
30.

Azaziah    

Why are you posting the picture of the nasty skank nevada along with Ms.New Jersey.She has a right a right to have a love-life if she violated the contract then she has a right to step down gracefully.

2840 days ago
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