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
Here’s Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2007, Caitlin Upton at age 18 (left) … and Miss Utah USA, Marissa Powell (21) this past weekend (right) -- Both beauty queens famously bombed their responses to a pageant question.
Bumbling Miss Utah
I Zoned Out
During Miss USA Fail
6/17/2013 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miss Utah is beyond humiliated after her epic Q&A fail at the Miss USA pageant, and she's blaming her brain fart on a massive case of nerves ... TMZ has learned.
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 ...
It Could Be Worse ...
Right, Miss SC Teen USA?
6/17/2013 3:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Wants to 'Create Education Better'
6/17/2013 7:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miss Utah is now in the beauty pageant Hall of Fame -- not because she won Miss USA, but because she bumbled through a cringe-inducing (and hysterical) 30 second answer that included the phrase, "create education better."
Judge Nene Leakes asked Marissa Powell about women in the workplace and equal pay -- which sent 21-year-old Miss Utah into a tailspin of a reply.
She starts out kinda strong, saying ... "I think we can relate this back to education, and how we are continuing to try to strive to ... " -- and then the fail begins.
Pretty sure you can see the smoke coming out of her ears as the implosion begins.
She's really pretty though.
Porn Star Beauty Queen
In Underage Booze Case
4/22/2013 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Melissa King -- the chick formerly known as Miss Delaware Teen USA until she resigned in the wake of a porn scandal -- is officially on probation ... after copping a plea in her underage alcohol case.
The 19-year-old disgraced beauty queen plead guilty in a Maryland court to one count of possession of alcohol while under the age of 21 ... stemming from an incident last summer when cops found a bottle of Captain Morgan in her truck.
As part of the deal, King was sentenced to 1 year of unsupervised probation -- meaning if she stays out of trouble for the next 365 days, she stays out of jail.
Fun Fact -- King's lawyer told the court Melissa plans to go to college.
We have a feeling she'll be very popular in college.
Is a Douche!
3/29/2013 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Turns out Justin Bieber is not loved by all Canadians -- in fact ... the hottest woman North of the Border, Miss Canada herself, thinks the Biebs is "a bit of a douche."
Sahar Biniaz, the reigning Miss Universe Canada, told our photog last night that she once tried to get a picture with Bieber ... but he blew her off!!!
Biniaz isn't even willing to let bygones be bygones ... saying she doesn't even want the pic anymore.
Watch the clip ... Biniaz cracks a short joke at JB's expense. Little guy can't catch a break these days.
Miss Delaware Teen USA
2/27/2013 12:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
She might have lost her crown ... but former Miss Delaware Teen USA Melissa King has just been offered a pretty sweet back-up plan ... $250,000 to promote a hardcore porn site.
As we reported, 18-year-old King resigned yesterday after a porno surfaced that allegedly featured King doing the dirty ... just months before she won the title last November.
Now, porn giant YouPorn.com wants to compensate her for the unfortunate situation -- offering to crown King the first ever "Miss YouPorn" and pay her $250,000 to tour the world promoting the website.
Funny enough, YouPorn's offer -- which was submitted to King yesterday -- doesn't mention having sex on camera in exchange for the fee. Not a bad deal.
It's unclear if King plans to accept her new crown.
Miss Delaware Teen USA
After Porn Surfaces
2/26/2013 11:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Miss Delaware Teen USA Melissa King has officially given up her crown today ... after a porn surfaced on the Internet that allegedly features the 18-year-old beauty queen.
A rep for the Miss Teen USA pageant just released a statement, claiming, "I would like to confirm the Miss Delaware Teen USA pageant has received a resignation letter from Miss King’s attorney."
King reportedly denies it's her in the hardcore sex footage -- but the girl in the video looks and sounds EXACTLY like King.
In the vid -- shot some time in June 2012 -- the girl addresses the camera, claiming she turned 18 a couple months beforehand in March, which is King's birth month. The girl also describes her favorite sex position ... before the actual sex begins.
King was crowned Miss Delaware Teen USA in November ... four months after the sex footage was shot.
A rep for the pageant tells us, they have already reached out to the first runner-up Hailey Lawler in order to replace King.
Walks like a duck, talks like a duck ... resigns like a duck.
Great Googly Moogly
2/18/2013 4:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Splash" -- formerly known as "Celebrity Diving" -- seems like just another reality TV show ... until you see Katherine Webb in a bathing suit.
The former Miss Alabama USA -- famous for her cameo at the BCS National Championship this year -- donned the magenta monokini earlier today while filming a show segment in L.A..
For some reason, there are other people on the show too.
WITH A BEAUTY QUEEN!!
2/15/2013 10:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Paul Nassif tells TMZ, he's only been dating his smoking hot 27-year-old beauty queen girlfriend for SIX WEEKS -- which squarely contradicts a report he was banging the girl while still with his wife Adrienne Maloof.
Reports circulated Paul has been dating former Miss Nevada USA Helen Salas since April last year -- four months before Paul filed for divorce in August.
But last night, as Paul and Helen arrived to The Ivy for dinner, the couple told us they only met 6 weeks ago ... several months after the divorce filing.
As for Adrienne ... she's also dating a much younger person -- Rod Stewart's 32-year-old son Sean Stewart.
So we gotta ask ...
Miss America Mallory Hagan
After the Pageant
2/13/2013 3:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It's only been one month since Mallory Hagan won the title of Miss America 2013 ... after KILLING IT in the swimsuit competition ... and it appears she's back to eating like a normal human being again.
24-year-old Hagan was spotted rocking a pink bikini in Hawaii yesterday ... still looking incredible ... with a little more to love.
Sometimes ya just gotta let loose.