Probably a good time to brush up on some Indonesia stuff.
Venezuelan Soap Star
Daughter Survives Vicious Attack
1/7/2014 10:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Monica Spear -- Miss Venezuela 2004 -- and Henry Thomas Berry were shot and killed after their car broke down near the town of Puerto Cabello in Venezuela.
Police say the family was waiting for a tow truck when the bandits showed up. Spear and Berry locked themselves and their 5-year-old daughter inside the car ... but police say the robbers opened fire, killing them and injuring the girl -- who's hospitalized with a bullet wound to her leg.
The family lived in the U.S., but were on vacation when they were attacked.
Venezuela has one of the world's highest murder rates. According to news reports, violent crime is so bad ... even residents are afraid to venture out at night.
Miss Universe Hopeful
Recruiter Wanted Oral Sex for Modeling Jobs
11/27/2013 5:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Miss Universe Organization is rife with sexual predators and deviants who prey on unsuspecting young women ... so says a pageant hopeful who claims a recruiter tried to dupe her into sex in a parking lot.
Ashleigh Blake filed a suit today against MUO over her run-in with a guy she claims promised to land her modeling jobs and magazine covers. In the lawsuit ... Blake says she met him in his car in a Starbucks parking lot ... where he explained the terms of an "oral" contract (her double entendre, not ours).
Specifically ... Blake claims he wanted oral sex in exchange for fast-tracking her to the top of the modeling world.
In the docs, Blake says she burst into tears and ran from the car. She says she went to the cops ... and was told she couldn't file criminal charges because the recruiter didn't force her to perform the sex act.
So ... she's suing the Miss Universe Organization ... claiming it knowingly hires "scam artists" who lure naive women with false promises of modeling contracts and fame.
Blake's looking for at least $200K in damages.
We've reached out to the Miss Universe people ... but haven't heard back.
Staying Put In Moscow
8/20/2013 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Miss Universe Organization believes the show must go on in Moscow ... and it doesn't matter that the Russian government is gay-hostile.
A rep from the MUO tells us the new, anti-gay law violates the core values of the organization ... nevertheless, they want to stay put in Moscow. They say they're hoping to change Russian minds. Good luck with that.
Here's the rub. If some of the women competing are lesbians, they better keep it to themselves, because they could end up in the pokey if they play their hand publicly.
The decision to stay in Moscow isn't sitting well with everyone. A petition on Change.org is trying to pressure the MUO to move out of Moscow.
7/20/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Beauty queens and nudie pics go together like Farrah Abraham and porn ... the latest example, a photo of Miss Alabama flashing her giant knockers -- which is being shopped to the highest bidder.
Our sources tell us ... someone is hocking a pic of Madeline Mitchell, who repped Alabama in the 2011 Miss USA pageant. At the time she was known as the hot chick who was in a horrific car crash.
As for the pic -- we've seen it. It's a selfie and she's topless -- showing off her HUGE southern melons -- smiling from ear to ear. Her hoo ha is covered.
It's unclear how the seller got the pic ...or if there have been any offers.
In other Madeline news ... she and her fiance recently taped an episode of "Get Out Alive" with Bear Grylls ... where you can see her -- sorry, clothes on.
'Big Brother' GinaMarie
FIRED from Day Job
for Racist Comments
7/3/2013 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Brother" contestant GinaMarie Zimmerman is gonna have a rude awakening when she leaves the house -- she's been FIRED from her day job after dropping the N-bomb.
TMZ has learned ... East Coast USA Pageant, Inc. is cutting ties with the 32-year-old pageant coordinator ... claiming they were shocked GZ could "display such acts of hate and racism."
As we previously reported, GinaMarie referred to welfare as "n**ger insurance" ... and the comments were captured on "Big Brother's" uncensored live Internet feed.
East Coast USA says GinaMarie has been an employee for 5 years -- but insist, "We have never known this side of GinaMarie or have ever witnessed such acts of racism in the past."
The pageant says, "We are actually thankful that this show let us see GinaMarie for who she truly is. We would never want her to be a role model to our future contestants."
"In a business where we are surrounded by beauty every day we are saddened to see something so ugly come from someone we put on a very high pedestal."
A rep for the organization tells us they are especially upset because they encouraged their pageant girls to watch GinaMarie on the show and vote for her ... thinking she would be a role model.
Rear-Ending Miss Russia ...
NOT As Fun As It Sounds
6/27/2013 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miss USA Erin Brady
After Winning Crown
6/22/2013 5:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
After winning the Miss USA crown Erin Brady did what any starving beauty queen would do -- EAT ... well, kinda.
Our beauty queen spies tell TMZ ... Erin keeps her body right and tight by eating healthy (like all the time) ... which is why the 25-year-old noshed on a beet salad and spicy tuna on crispy rice as her first post-pageant meal.
Gorging on a burger didn't even cross Erin's mind ... she's a sweet over salty person. But the one thing she is craving: a hot fudge sundae, with ALL the toppings ... but for now, that's just unrequited love.
And She Kinda Nails It???
6/19/2013 12:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
She already (kinda) redeemed herself for that infamous pageant flub -- so yesterday, we decided to pelt the beautiful Miss Utah with some brain-twisting riddles instead ... and she actually did pretty damn well.
21-year-old Marissa Powell had just touched down in L.A. for her appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" -- and while she was at the airport, we asked her a bunch of questions to test her wits on the fly ... such as the classic "Who is buried in Grant's tomb?" and "What can you put in a bucket of water to make it lighter?"
She doesn't exactly get them right, but she doesn't exactly get them wrong either. Then again, she could probably say anything and we'd be happy.
HOT CHICKS!! HOT CHICKS!! HOT CHICKS!!
Chance For Redemption
After Epic Pageant Fail
6/18/2013 12:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
After days of ridicule, Miss Utah finally had a chance to redeem herself on the "Today" show this AM -- and this time she answered the infamous pageant question WITH FLYING COLORS!!! For a beauty queen.
Marissa Powell sat down with Matt Lauer and explained -- as TMZ previously reported -- that nerves got the best of her during Sunday night's Miss USA contest ... causing her to give one of the most confusing answers in pageant history.
Matt, being the saint he is, gave Marissa ONE MORE SHOT to get the question right ... see how she did this time. And remember folks she only had 48 hours, the Internet and a team of people to help her prepare.
Talk about pressure.
Caitlin Upton vs. Marissa Powell
WHO'D YOU RATHER?
6/18/2013 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bumbling Miss Utah
I Zoned Out
During Miss USA Fail
6/17/2013 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sources close to Marissa Powell tell TMZ the beauty queen's mortified after babbling ... "we need to see how to create education better" while attempting to answer a question about salary inequality for women.
Marissa's now telling friends she botched the response because she was so anxious she spaced out during the question, and never really heard it.
Instead of asking the judge to repeat the question ... Marissa decided to fake an answer, but got more and more flustered as she tried to improvise.
Takes you back to high school, right?
Or maybe to 2007 with the South Carolina, and such as ...