Miss America Was Kicked Out of Her Sorority for Abusive Hazing

On paper, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev reads like a forward-thinking person's dream of what a beauty queen could be. She's a trilingual honors student who's publicly passionate about women's health and down to clown with Jimmy Kimmel; she's got a squeaky-clean image and a squeaky-clean resume. But it's missing one… » 9/22/14 4:42pm 9/22/14 4:42pm

Remembering Miss America When America Was American

Beauty pageants are marvelous entertainments, except when they're profoundly offensive, cringe-inducingly awful displays of objectification and spooky double-sided tape mojo. But why quibble? Can't they be both? Can't we simply enjoy the spectacle, especially if we're gazing back at it through the scratchy,… » 7/04/13 12:24pm 7/04/13 12:24pm