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Caitlyn Jenner Miss America Contestant ... 'I Love That I Inspired Her!'

6/3/2015 10:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Miss America contestant who became the inspiration for Caitlyn Jenner's name thinks she knows why the now-famous Caitlyn was drawn to her.

Kaitlyn Tarpey -- a Miss America top 10 finalist in 2014 -- tells us she said something during the pageant she believes struck a chord with Bruce Jenner. She said, "Chin up, boobs up and rock it." Bruce gave Diane Sawyer a mantra that was very similar.

Caitlyn says she watched the Miss America pageant for inspiration in choosing a name and was actually leaning toward something different until Kaitlyn Tarpey appeared.

It's interesting ... Kaitlyn has the signature "K" which Caitlyn consciously rejected.

FUN FACT: Caitlin Brunell competed in last year's Miss America pageant. She's the daughter of longtime NFL quarterback Mark Brunell

Caitlyn Jenner Name Inspired by Miss America Pageant

6/2/2015 11:48 AM PDT

Caitlyn Jenner chose her name after being inspired by the Miss America pageant.

Caitlyn told Vanity Fair she had been watching the pageant in the last couple of years to come up with ideas for names. Two names resonated with her -- Heather and Cathy.

It sounds like Heather and Cathy were front-runners but she also liked Caitlyn. Ultimately, Caitlyn's assistant Rhonda tipped the scales when she suggested Caitlyn.  

Jenner had been on the fence but Rhonda pushed him over the line. 

'Millionaire Matchmaker' Hottie My Ass Loves Ball Sports ... That's No Stretch!

3/24/2015 3:32 PM PDT

"Millionaire Matchmaker" star Candace Smith made the perfect love connection on an L.A. beach Tuesday ... between her ass and the paparazzi.

Candace -- a former beauty queen -- hit the sand for some volleyball and a pigskin toss (looks like she has game) ... with her pal ex-Miss USA Susie Castillo.

Like all finely tuned athletes ... Candace knows nothing's more important than stretching. Well, that and a very small bikini.

Check out the pics --  these ladies worked up a serious thirst. 

Miss USA Contestant My Bikini Can't Take The Pressure

1/26/2015 12:00 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Miss Beverly Hills Chanelle Riggan got something very important off her chest at the Miss California USA finals ... her top. 

Depending how you look at it, Riggan suffered a major wardrobe malfunction during the bikini portion of the contest Jan. 11th, when her eager assets popped out.

That's one way to win, but the judges weren't as impressed ... after showing off those talents, she only managed to grab 4th runner up.
 
There are two reasons we're demanding a recount.

Desean Jackson Who Needs the Pro Bowl?! I'm With Miss Universe!

1/26/2015 6:23 AM PST

Instead of playing for a measly $55k bonus check in the Pro Bowl, Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson spent his Sunday night up close and personal with Miss Universe. 

Jackson -- whose 56 catches for 1,169 yards and 6 TDs weren't enough to earn him a spot in AZ -- was a judge in the Miss Universe pageant along with stars like Manny Pacquiao and Giancarlo Stanton

The gang ultimately gave the tiara to Miss Colombia ... and after the show, DJ made sure to find her for a pic.  

Nice work Colombia. 
 

Miss Canada What Hockey Stereotype??!

1/22/2015 7:45 AM PST

The "National Costume" round of the Miss Universe pageant went down last night -- where contestants basically dressed up as stereotypes from their home countries.

Miss France wore a beret. Miss Great Britain dressed up like the Queen's Guard. 

And Miss Canada ... hockey sticks for wings, hockey net around the crotch, hockey shoulder pads, hockey skates, working hockey scoreboard attached to her back ... and Stanley Cup headpiece. 

Apparently, the costume shop was all out of the other classic Canadian outfit -- jeans with jean shirt with jean jacket. 

#CanadianTuxedo

Miss Israel & Miss Lebanon Go to War ... Over a Selfie!

1/19/2015 6:50 AM PST
Miss Israel and Miss Lebanon are dropping bombs on one another, but it has nothing to do with the Holy Land ... it's about a selfie.  

The two women are competing in the upcoming Miss Universe Pageant and posed for a photo together, which Miss Israel Doron Matalon posted online last week.

But the pic put Miss Lebanon Saly Greige in a hot water in her homeland -- ya know, the whole Israel and Lebanon thing -- so she posted her own version ... with Matalon cropped out. 

Greige said she was very cautious to avoid being photographed with Miss Israel and claims that Matalon in essence photobombed her. 

She wrote, "I was having a photo with Miss Japan, Miss Slovenia, suddenly Miss Israel jumped in and took a selfie, and uploaded it on her social media."

Matalon responded to the cropping, writing, "It doesn't surprise me, but it still makes me sad. Too bad you can not put the hostility out of the game, only for three weeks of an experience of a lifetime."

Miss Universe Girls Awkward Golfing ... In High Heels

1/14/2015 10:13 AM PST


They have many talents ... golf is not one of them. 

The top contestants in the Miss Universe pageant spent a day on the links with Donald Trump at his new course at the Trump National Doral in Florida ... and futilely attempted to smack around a few balls in high heels. 

There were swings. There were misses. There was a strong gust of wind that almost created a Marilyn Monroe moment.  All in all ... pretty solid video captured by the Miami Herald

There was also a pretty epic high 5 fail ... when the Golf Channel's Charlie Rymer tried to give some dap to Miss Israel.

Ex-Miss NY USA Getting Screwed on Match.com ... And Not the Good Way

12/15/2014 12:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE
Two-time NY beauty queen Meaghan Jarensky isn't herself these days because someone stole her identity, and set up a fake dating profile -- now she needs Match.com to help her nail the ID thief.

Jarensky says the suspect used her pics and info to open the fake Match.com account -- but the site won't tell her who's behind the phony profile without a court order. She's filed legal docs to get that ball rolling. 

The former Miss NY USA 2005 and Mrs. NY America 2010 says she's ready to take down the creep who's defaming her online ... once the court gives her the go ahead.

She also wants peace and to end world hunger ... we presume.

Mary Ann Mobley Ex-Miss America Dies from Breast Cancer

12/9/2014 5:45 PM PST
Breaking News
Mary Ann Mobley -- one of the first Miss America winners to make it big in show business -- died on Tuesday in Beverly Hills after a long battle with breast cancer.

Mobley won the 1959 Miss America pageant before breaking into Hollywood. She appeared in several big movies in the '60s ... including "Girl Happy" and "Harum Scarum" with Elvis Presley

In 1967, Mary Ann married actor and TV host Gary Collins ... who passed away in 2012.

She went on to star in tons of TV shows through the '70s and '80s -- among them ... "Love, American Style," "Fantasy Island," "Diff'rent Strokes," and "Hotel."

Mobley was also famous for her humanitarian work with children in Cambodia, Ethiopia, and the Sudan.

Mary Ann's family says she will buried next week in her native Mississippi. She was 75.

Miss USA Nia Sanchez STREET TAEKWONDO This Is How I Fight Off Creepers

10/20/2014 6:29 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE


Miss USA has a helluva way to deal with creepy weirdos who try to get too touchy-feely with her -- SHE BEATS THEIR ASSES!! 

Turns out Nia Sanchez -- the reigning Miss USA -- happens to be a 4th degree black belt in taekwondo ... who trained for more than 10 years!!

And when we saw her out leaving Cipriani Wall Street in NY this weekend -- she demonstrated how she uses her training when some guys try to get a little too close.  She's kind of a bad ass. 

Don't worry, the guy in the video isn't one of the creepers Nia's talking about, he happens to be her good friend.

But check out the clip -- it's clear he knows she could totally break his arm ... if she wanted to.

Miss USA Nia Sanchez Learns Name of Nevada Capital ... Even Finds It On a Map

7/17/2014 12:30 AM PDT

Miss USA Nia Sanchez ... who famously couldn't name the capital city of Nevada -- even though she competed as Miss Nevada -- paid her first official visit Wednesday to, um, that place.

The brunette beauty traveled to Carson City to meet with Mayor Bob Crowell … who diplomatically neglected to mention Nia's faux pas.

Sanchez caught some heat for competing in Miss NV, even though she grew up in Cali -- classic carpetbaggery -- and she only made matters worse when she wasn't able to name Nevada's capital.

Sources close to Nia tell us … she purposely made Carson City her first stop on her Nevada apology homecoming tour … since winning the Miss USA crown last month. 


Miss USA Pageant Invites Ex-Miss Delaware ... Come to the Hot Side!

7/3/2014 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Miss America says she's too old, but the Delaware beauty queen who got stripped of her title is about to get a shot at another crown -- with the Donald Trump owned Miss USA pageant.

The people over at Miss USA -- the one with hotter contestants, generally -- tell TMZ they're inviting 
Amanda Longacre to enter their competition for the Delaware crown later this year.

You probably heard ... Amanda was dethroned as Miss Delaware for the Miss America org last month for being too old for their competition ... she turns an ancient 25 in October.

Reps for Miss USA tell us Amanda came on their radar because angry pageant fans have bombarded them with emails and phone calls -- incorrectly thinking they took Longacre's crown. Miss USA's website now has a message urging fans to bitch at the real villain ... Miss America.



For the record -- Miss USA contestants can be up to 27, so Amanda's good to go in that department.

No word yet on if she'll take another run at the crown.

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