Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Shanna Moakler: ‘I Have No Respect For Tara Conner’

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Donald Trump may have forgiven beauty queen Tara Conner for behaving badly during her 2006 Miss USA reign, but former Miss USA Shanna Moakler certainly hasn’t.

Moakler – who was Miss USA in 1995 and is currently hosting the reality beauty pageant series, Crowned: The Mother Of All Pageants – says Conner disgraced beauty pageants with her promiscuous behavior in 2006, which included illegal drug and alcohol use, and made it difficult for future beauty queens to be taken seriously.

Moakler explains, “In every pageant, there’s a bad apple that ruins the bunch. For Miss USA, that bad apple is Tara Conner. She embarrassed the world of pageants and ruined it for the girls who do work hard. I have absolutely no respect for Tara Conner.”

And while Moakler has no sympathy for Conner, she’s not quite as harsh when it comes to ditzy teen queen, Miss South Carolina, Lauren Caitlin Upton, who couldn’t answer a simple geography question during a televised pageant in 2007.

Moakler says, “What happened to poor little Miss South Carolina is so common in pageants. Girls get nervous and blank. But now that everything ends up on the Internet, there’s a lot more pressure for beauty queens.”

The Crowned finale airs tonight (Jan. 30) on The CW.

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