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Trump Rule -- Hot Chicks Required in Miss USA

11/12/2009 12:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Carrie Prejean just accused Donald Trump of personally weeding out the ugly chicks from the Miss USA pageant -- and for once ... she's not entirely off base.

Donald Trump

TMZ obtained an audio tape recorded during the pre-show screening portion of the 2009 pageant, in which Trump can clearly be heard exercising "The Trump Rule" -- which guarantees a certain number of "beautiful" women will advance in the contest.

On the tape, Trump explains that when he "bought" the Miss USA pageant, "the most beautiful people were never chosen. And I went nuts." So, according to the audio, Trump implemented "The Trump Rule" -- in which he and his staff of "professionals" would select "almost half" of the women who would automatically make it into the first round of the contest.


On the tape, Trump can be heard asking certain contestants who they thought deserved to rank amongst the most beautiful, insisting "You know when you do this to somebody you make an eternal friend."

Miss Pennsylvania chose Miss Kansas ... Miss Oregon chose Miss Texas .. and it sounds like Miss California herself, Carrie Prejean, chose Miss New York ... although we're told she ultimately went with Miss Hawaii. Miss Massachusetts and Miss Ohio were also chosen.

The selected women were asked to stand in line, separate from the rest of the bunch. When Miss Ohio was chosen, she got in the wrong line ... and had to be redirected to the "beautiful" people.

Trump insists that the exercise didn't matter ... that it was just for "fun" -- and that certain women had already been selected to advance.

But here's the best part -- while holding the attention of a room full of hot chicks, Trump decided to pimp out his son Eric, telling the girls, "he's very handsome ... he's 6 foot 6 ... and he was number one in his class in school."

Donald Trump -- wingman of the year.

TMZ spoke with Trump, who tells us "That's why Miss Universe and Miss USA get such good ratings ... and that is why Miss America is off the air."
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31.

Bollywood Queen    

"Beauty pageant contest found to be superficial"?!! What a shocker! Is this really "news"?! Come on TMZ!!

1619 days ago
32.

Ms Kris    

How dumb is this woman?
1st off no 1 gives a damn about beauty pageants anymore, long gone are the day

Yeah, they want ugly girls in pageants

Your fake, ton of make up, fake chest SOMEONE ELSE PAID FOR

GO AWAY

1619 days ago
33.

Cassy    

I agree with everyone else. That's the whole point of a beauty pageant.

1619 days ago
34.

Paul Cody    

If a woman is beautiful, why does she need a boob job like Carrie Prejean had. Girls with plastic parts should be disqualified like an athlete on drugs.

1619 days ago
35.

Anita    

@ 11:40
LEARN ENGLISH before posting, you dumbass.
Does your boss know the hired help in the house is using the computer?

1619 days ago
36.

liz    

TOO BAD HE'S NOT VERY GOOD LOOKING HIMSELF!!! BEAUTY PAGEANTS ARE DEMEANING TO ALL WOMEN. HAVE 2 TEENAGE GIRLS AND WOULD NEVER LET THEM GET INVOLVED IN THAT NONSENSE!!!!!!

1619 days ago
37.

AznLA    

This is not news, this has been known for a long time. But this is a beauty pageant. This is why they have their hair done, their makeup done, they walk elegantly, they wear bikinis.... you know, because they're judged on being pretty.

Next big scandal: American Idol weeds out all the bad singers! Shocking!

1619 days ago
38.

Pray For the Beaten Up!    

The point is he denied Carrie's accusations.

1619 days ago
39.

SenorPlaid    

ZOMG!! Stop the presses!! A BEAUTY contest that rates women based on their looks?!?!

Good detective work, TMZ. I never had any idea this kind of salacious behavior was going on.

1619 days ago
40.

Absurd    

so what exactly are the judges for during the pageant? Decorations?

1619 days ago
41.

S    

Yeah, because people who enter beauty contests are so unattractive? Donald Trump is an idiot. He should look in a mirror before he starts calling others "ugly".

1619 days ago
42.

Pageant Fan    

The Trump line-up has been in place for several years now. The contestants and their directors all know about it going into it. The credit for the program even acknowledge that Trump and the producers pick 6 of the Top 15. The remaining 9 are the ones who scored highest in the preliminary competition. Trump looks at ALL the contestants, not just the ones called out by their fellow contestants when asked. And being called out doesn't mean your automatically in. Trump has his favorites, and the power to override any producers' decision, but the producers (who have worked with the contestants and their varied "personalities" for 2 weeks at that point) have a very strong influence as well. It's a subjective beauty pageant that Trump owns. He might be seedy, but he's not wrong.

1619 days ago
43.

ARTOFWAR    

In reply to #3 by Karen
You stated:

Isn't it a BEAUTY pageant??????
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Exactly!!!!

Let's face it, these girls are not in these pageants because of their limitless intellectual efficacy or superior talent.

They are in these beauty contests for mere eye candy and masturbatory ratio quotient levels.

If these females think otherwise, then they are more delusional then I assumed.

If you want to be known for your intellect, then go to college and earn a couple of Ph.D.s.
If you want to be known for your T and A, then choose the beauty pageant route.

I was leaning towards team Carrie Prejean.
However, in the last few days she has proven to have the intelligence of the broken brick.

To Miss Carrie Prejean,
It is better to remain silent and have people think you are a dumb a$$, than to open your mouth to remove all doubt.....ARTOFWAR

1619 days ago
44.

The King    

Why is this a surprise? If you want the crown, you gotta spread your legs and suck his nuts.

1619 days ago
45.

jayare    

This girl went on Larry King- an interview show- last night.

Then she refused to answer any questions.

Why did she even show up? Oh , of course, hocking a "book".

1619 days ago
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