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Miss Ventura County Controversey Gets Gooooood!

9/14/2007 3:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hilary GushwaHilary Gushwa, the Miss Ventura County winner who lost her title after officials learned she was married at the time of the pageant, now claims that the mother of one of the contestants she defeated was behind the investigation to have her taken down. *hissssss!*

Through her attorneys, Gushwa claims that Jackie Youngern, a pageant committee member who is also employed as an Investigative Assistant with the Ventura County District Attorney's Office, used her badge "in an attempt to intimidate witnesses, obtain statements, and solicit clerks at government offices to obtain records." Youngern's daughter also competed for the crown. Craziness!

Ironically enough, when the story first broke, Youngern was quoted by the Ventura County Star, saying, "Only girls that are entitled to it are deserving to own the crown ... This program runs on trust, and she's broken that trust."

Gushwa says the marriage in question was annulled, and that she committed no criminal acts. She claims that she filled out the application for the pageant in August 2004 -- "long before any alleged marriage took place." Yeah, two whole months?! The pageant and marriage took place within weeks of each other in October 2004!

Calls to Youngern's office were not immediately returned.


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okie dokie

2562 days ago


Who cares? It's only a "beauty" pageant. They should be extinct.......or is it that they stink?

2562 days ago


who cares ? no one watches beauty pageants anymore, we have porn now !

2562 days ago

Kris Peterson    

If the truth were known, Hilary Gushna lost her title because, first, she is ugly and, second, she refused to change her name to a star's name like Marilyn Mansfield or something like that.

2562 days ago


ewww she's ugly anyways................

2562 days ago

Kris Peterson    

Jeez, she looks like a Maytag pitch woman from the 50's

2562 days ago


What a disgrace she has been to this organization! As a former Miss America State titleholder, I am apalled that she has the gall to accuse. She may be an idiot but she KNEW what she was doing and that it was wrong. Theses pageants are set up to provide girls an opportunity to make a difference, be a positve role model, and earn $$$ for college. And she has damaged this systems reputation... I hope she gets what is coming to her!

2562 days ago

Kris Peterson    

Look at that flip!!! Wow, is she CUTE!! LOL

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2562 days ago

Ms. Giant1    

to much danm peroxide to the brain.... another dumb blonde, join,( Britt, Lo Ho, Paris & Pamela.. wow. minus Paris..... that would be a GREAT 3way girs on girls action .... I'm for it and I'm female... just curious

2562 days ago

white lady    

why are these chicks always so ugly. I can go to a lounge in hollywood or my vons supermarket in hermosa beach and find a dozen women much more attractive than these beauty pageant fools.

2562 days ago


Geeze...she IS UGLY...well she can change her name to Miss U.G. LY ...:) and the other girl's mom..the one that used her power to dig this up...I don't know..did she get fired for misused of her authority ?? of our tax dollars ??? Geeze...stupid pageant competition...get rid of it...

2562 days ago

no pervs allowed    

Funny how your illiterate intern, who pretends to blog on this site, forgot to tell that investigative blogger "writer" of yours, that Hilary Gushwa "Miss Ventura" and her parents set up their own pageant and crowned her "Miss Ventura County International." Talk about inflated egos.

2562 days ago


drop dead gorgeous anyone?

2562 days ago

just me    

Well duh! If the qualification information she gave on the application was correct at the time she completed the application but then that changed before the pageant commenced, doesn't she think that she is owing a duty to inform the pageant officials that her qualifications changed?

And rather than accept responsibility for being a fraud and not being qualified when she competed in the pageant, she now tries to divert attention from the fraud she committed by condemning the mother of one of the other contestants who used her employment as an investigative assistant to the County DA to uncover the fraud. Isn't that like a criminal blaming the police for getting caught?

In addition to losing her title it seems she might have also lost her mind.

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