List of beauty pageants
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This is a list of beauty pageants from around the world. A beauty pageant or beauty contest is a competition that has traditionally focused on judging and ranking the physical attributes of the contestants. Pageants have now evolved to include inner beauty, with criteria covering judging of personality, intelligence, talent, character, and charitable involvement, through private interviews with judges and answers to public on-stage questions. The term beauty pageant refers originally to the Big Four international beauty pageants. Pageant titles are subdivided into Miss, Mrs. or Ms., and Teen – to clearly identify the difference between pageant divisions. Similar events for men or boys are usually called by other names and are more likely to be bodybuilding contests.
This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by adding missing items with reliable sources.
Major international pageants
List of world's four major beauty pageants (the Big Four):
Marital international pageants
List of international marital beauty pageants:
Teen international pageants
List of teen beauty pageants:
Minor international pageants
List of minor beauty pageants:
Discontinued international pageants
Continental and regional pageants
The following are continental and regional pageants in alphabetical order:
Discontinued international pageants
Continental and regional pageants
Continental and regional pageants
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Do you know what is considered to be the pageant seasons? Which month comprises these seasons? What is the pageant off-peak?
All of those questions will be answered in today’s blogpost!
The National Pageant Season
The nationals pageant season is usually marked with the beginning of applications for the Binibining Pilipinas and Miss Earth Philippines pageants. The BBP pageant usually announces the application period by the end of December or by January. The MEP on the other hand starts the application period around January to March and very occasionally April. The Miss World Philippines is the outlier among the three pageants that selects reps for the 4 Alpha with its pageant that is usually held closer to the international pageant season. MWP usually selects their winners between the months of September to November. Mutya ng Pilipinas has in recent years scheduled their finals between August to December. A far cry from the usual May finals it used to have back in the 90’s.
The International Pageant Season
For the four biggest international pageants, they are usually held in the months of October to December. This marks the most activity on social media when it comes to pageantry. The international pageant season is usually opened with the Miss Earth pageant followed by the Miss International competition in Tokyo. Traditionally either Miss World or Miss Universe will close the pageant season during the end of November or mid-December. Misses Globe, Asia-Pacific International, Supranational, and other host of lesser popular pageants would schedule their finals between the months of October to December.
However other international pageants would have their schedules between October until February or March of the following year. The Miss Intercontinental pageant has been held in the month of January for this last 2 years, effectively skipping the 2017 edition. Other international pageant that holds finals during the 1st quarter of the year are Miss Eco International and Miss Multinational.
Pageant Season Off-Peak
Interest in pageants usually die down in the months of April to September. This is why most male pageants would scheduled their finals on these dates. No male pageant (national or international competitions) would have a fighting chance in terms of social media buzz if it overlaps with either the national or international pageant season for females.
This is perhaps one of the reasons why the initial scheduled Mister World competition in January was postponed to June of 2019. It will clash with the Miss Intercontinental pageant also held in January as well as the general fan interest Binibining Pilipinas come February to April. This is one of the lessons learned when the Mister World Philippines was postponed due to terrible weather conditions to October last year which buried interest in the contest as it conflicted with the then on-going Miss Earth activities.
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Jesson Capuchino is fashion retail professional of over 10 years, worked as a marketing adviser to one of the biggest fashion companies in Southeast Asia, and a pageant connoisseur since 1994. He is the resident blogger of the pageant portal Sash Factor and a social-media content creator of its Facebook page. A graduate of the BS Clothing Technology program of the University of the Philippines, he has lived outside of the Philippines and traveled to New York, London, Seoul, Singapore and Dubai for assignments with various international brands. His passion in writing, illustration and pageantry converge in this blog.
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1977 Talent/Tot Personality
Mini Miss – Christina Hart
Miss – Shelleh Webb
Teen – May Mouzon
1978 Talent/Tot Personality
Mini Miss – Stephanie Fitzgerald
Miss – Robyn Jeffers
Teen – Michelle Savage
1979 Talent/Tot Personality
Mini Miss – Dora Ayala
Miss – Stacy Willis
Teen – Susan Shipley
1980 Talent/Tot Personality
Mini Miss – Melanie Hobbs
Miss – Regina Curry
Teen – Pamela Aucoin
1981 Talent/Tot Personality
Mini Miss – Stacey Cenedese
Miss – Kellie Freeman
Teen – LeAnna Grant
1982 Talent/Tot Personality
Mini Miss – Carie Rothaermel
Miss – Sheri Kirchmar
Teen – Becky Rhynes
1983 Talent/Tot Personality
Mini Miss – Kristie Wilson
Miss – Kaylie Rozman
Teen – Sally Marsh
1984 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Jodi Coleman
Mini Miss – Dedra Bacon
Miss – Betsy Allen
Teen – Sharon Law
1985 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Jamie Schaumleffel
Mini Miss – Olivia Bramlet
Miss – Kaylie Rozman
Teen – Tracy Russell
1986 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Corey Snyder
Mini Miss – Lia Panos
Miss – Brandy Hill
Teen – Kim Marino
1987 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Charisse Pipes
Mini Miss – Shanna Schuette
Miss – Nicole Whitlock
Teen – Danielle Sandefur
1988 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Misty Klobucher
Mini Miss – Shannon Beach
Miss – Robyn Foreman
Teen – Christina Hammersmith
1989 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – DeShae Hughes
Mini Miss – Dana Wolf
Miss – Janae Codner
Teen – Vicki Sparks
1990 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Lacey Fitzgerald
Mini Miss – Chelsea Boney
Miss – Tara Tucker
Teen – Molly Boring
1991 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Lauren Pollock
Mini Miss – Sue Kim
Miss – Jenny Norris
Teen – Amanda Yandle
1992 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Jill McDonald
Mini Miss – Tracy York
Miss – Su Mi Kim
Teen – Kristin Bohm:
Woman – Elizabeth Camacho
1993 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Micah Bateman
Mini Miss – Kayla Cochran
Miss – Jamie Freeman
Teen – Heather Wilson
Woman – Susie Suné
1994 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Heidi Kern
Mini Miss – Anna Concepcion
Miss – Lauren Lucas
Teen – Heather Wilson
Woman – Shea Sullivan
Prince Charming – Michael Kasday
1995 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Kaile France
Mini Miss – Loren Fenerty
Miss – Laurie Payne
Teen – Melissa Ragsdale
Woman – Renee Costanzo
Prince Charming – Ryan Shervington
1996 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Chelsea Maulden
Mini Miss – Brittany Comeaux
Miss – Loren Fenerty
Teen – Brittany Hastings
Woman – Landrea Abshire
Prince Charming – Christian Waltmire
1997 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Megan Bednorz
Mini Miss – Ashton Taylor
Miss – Amie Bonomolo
Teen – Nicole Tubiola
Woman – Lyn Smith
1998 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Jordin Johnson
Mini Miss – Krista Bailon
Miss – Courtney Haynes
Teen – Brittany Hastings
Woman – Anna Call
1999 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Courtney Wood
Mini Miss – Olivia Usey
Miss – Lauren Dymtrow
Teen – Angie Phillips
Woman – Chelsea Nii
2000 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Krystal Fernandez
Mini Miss – Camilla Enriquez
Miss – Danielle Smith
Teen – Erin Nurss:
Woman – Sheila Reynolds
2001 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Ginny Corley
Mini Miss – Cristina Garcia
Miss – Katerina San Juan
Teen – Loren Fenerty
Woman – Barriel Wilson
2002 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Lauren Estes
Mini Miss – Abby Long
Miss – Danielle Dastrup
Teen – Loren Fenerty
Woman – Shantel Bingham
2003 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Christin Martin
Mini Miss – Jessica Ham
Miss – Courtney Brown
Teen – Jessica Batson:
Woman – Jennifer Herrera
2004 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Hollie Maples
Mini Miss – Alexa Castle
Miss – Victoria Cowen
Teen – Ashton Kunkle
Woman – Jenny Norris Light
2005 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Sarena Chambliss
Mini Miss – Amber Blocker
Miss – Paige Melanson
Teen – Jenica Reed
Woman – Chelsie Darling
2006 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Lesshika Vala
Mini Miss – Kaylee Glover
Miss – Gabriela Teyes
Teen – Jourdyn Kort
Woman – Shelby Farrar
2007 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Madison Barter
Mini Miss – JessiKate Riley
Miss – Marissa Mezzatesta
Teen – Morgan Fuller
Woman – Shantel Bingham
2008 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Lara Mullis
Mini Miss – Inna Bila
Miss – Tiare Keeno
Teen – Morgan Fuller
Woman – Jennica McCleary
2009 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Amber Ellis
Mini Miss – Kylee Russell
Miss – KcKenzie Faggart
Teen – Ambre Monson
Woman – Tiffany Wheat
2010 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Haley Cabrera
Mini Miss – Abigail Hau
Miss – Pia Perez
Teen – Jacquelin Harris
Woman – Emmie Kivell
2011 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Emily Walker
Mini Miss – Katherine Dahl
Miss – Savannah Keyes
Teen – Erica Williams
Woman – Alicia Sullivan
2012 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Jia Patel
Mini Miss – Willow Osborne
MIss – Elan Morris
Teen – Laryssa Bonacquisti
Woman – Morgan Fuller
2013 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Payton Romine
Mini Miss – Alexandra De Roos
Miss – Mackenzie Earls
Teen – McKenzie Faggart
Woman – Morgan Fuller
2014 Talent/Tot Personality
Tot – Jayne-Lynne Kinchen
Mini Miss – Alexandra Hoffmann
Miss – Amanda Lee Pirkowski
Teen – Tiare Keeno
Woman – Ambre Nielson
Competition mostly based on physical attributes
"Beauty contest" and "Beauty queen" redirect here. For other uses, see Beauty contest (disambiguation) and Beauty queen (disambiguation).
A beauty pageant or beauty contest is a competition that has traditionally focused on judging and ranking the physical attributes of the contestants. Pageants have now evolved to include inner beauty, with criteria covering judging of personality, intelligence, talent, character, and charitable involvement, through private interviews with judges and answers to public on-stage questions. The term beauty pageant refers originally to the Big Four international beauty pageants.
Pageant titles are subdivided into Miss, Mrs. or Ms., and Teen – to clearly identify the difference between pageant divisions. Hundreds of thousands of beauty contests are held annually, but the Big Four are considered the most prestigious, widely covered and broadcast by media. For example, The Wall Street Journal,BBC News,CNN,Xinhua News Agency, and global news agencies such as Reuters,Associated Press and Agence France-Presse collectively refer to the four major pageants as "Big Four" namely: Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, and Miss Earth.
The organizers of each pageant may determine the rules of the competition, including the age range of contestants. The rules may also require the contestants to be unmarried, and be "virtuous", "amateur", and available for promotions, besides other criteria. It may also set the clothing standards in which contestants will be judged, including the type of swimsuit.
Beauty pageants are generally multi-tiered, with local competitions feeding into the larger competitions. For example, the international pageants have hundreds or thousands of local competitions. Child beauty pageants mainly focus on beauty, gowns, sportswear modelling, talent, and personal interviews. Adult and teen pageants focus on makeup, hair and gowns, swimsuit modelling, and personal interviews. A winner of a beauty contest is often called a beauty queen. The rankings of the contestants are referred to as placements.
Possible awards of beauty contests include titles, tiaras, crowns, sashes, bouquets, scepters, savings bonds, scholarships, and prize money. Some pageants have awarded college scholarships to the winner or to multiple runners-up.
European festivals dating back to the medieval era provide the most direct lineage for beauty pageants. For example, English May Day celebrations always had the selection of a May Queen. In the United States, the May Day tradition of selecting a woman to serve as a symbol of beauty and community ideals continued, as young, beautiful women participated in public celebrations.
A beauty pageant was held during the Eglinton Tournament of 1839, organized by Archibald Montgomerie, 13th Earl of Eglinton, as part of a re-enactment of a medieval joust that was held in Scotland. The pageant was won by Georgiana Seymour, Duchess of Somerset, the wife of Edward Seymour, 12th Duke of Somerset, and sister of Caroline Norton, and she was proclaimed as the "Queen of Beauty".[unreliable source?]
Entrepreneur Phineas Taylor Barnum staged the first modern American pageant in 1854, but his beauty contest was closed down after public protest.
Beauty contests became more popular in the 1880s. In 1888, the title of 'beauty queen' was awarded to an 18-year-old Creole contestant at a pageant in Spa, Belgium. All participants had to supply a photograph and a short description of themselves to be eligible to enter and a final selection of 21 was judged by a formal panel. Such events were not regarded as respectable. Beauty contests came to be considered more respectable with the first modern "Miss America" contest held in 1921.
The oldest pageant still in operation today is the Miss America pageant, which was organized in 1921 by a local businessman as a means to entice tourists to Atlantic City, New Jersey. The pageant hosted the winners of local newspaper beauty contests in the "Inter-City Beauty" Contest, which was attended by over one hundred thousand people. Sixteen-year-old Margaret Gorman of Washington, D.C., was crowned Miss America 1921, having won both the popularity and beauty contests, and was awarded $100.
In May 1920, promoter C.E. Barfield of Galveston, Texas organized a new event known as "Splash Day" on the island. The event featured a "Bathing Girl Revue" competition as the centerpiece of its attractions. The event was the kick-off of the summer tourist season in the city and was carried forward annually. The event quickly became known outside of Texas and, beginning in 1926, the world's first international contest was added, known as the International Pageant of Pulchritude. This contest is said to have served as a model for modern pageants. It featured contestants from England, Russia, Turkey, and many other nations and the title awarded at the time was known as "Miss Universe". The event was discontinued in the United States in 1932 because of the Depression (the international competition was revived briefly in Belgium).
After World War II
The popularity of the Miss America pageant prompted other organizations to establish similar contests in the 1950s and beyond. Some were significant while others were trivial, such as the National Donut Queen contest. The Miss World contest started in 1951, Miss Universe started in 1952 as did Miss USA. Miss International started in 1960. Miss Asia Pacific International which started in 1968 is the first and oldest beauty pageant in Asia. The Miss Black America contest started in 1968 in response to the exclusion of African American women from the Miss America pageant. The Miss Universe Organization started the Miss Teen USA in 1983 for the 14-19 age group. Miss Earth started in 2001, which channels the beauty pageant entertainment industry as an effective tool to actively promote the preservation of the environment. These contests continue to this day.
Main article: Swimsuit competition
The requirement for contestants to wear a swimsuit was a controversial aspect of the various competitions. The controversy was heightened with the increasing popularity of the bikini after its introduction in 1946. The bikini was banned for the Miss America contest in 1947 because of Roman Catholic protesters. When the Miss World contest started in 1951, there was an outcry when the winner was crowned in a bikini. Pope Pius XII condemned the crowning as sinful, and countries with religious traditions threatened to withdraw delegates. The bikini was banned for future and other contests. It was not until the late 1990s that they became permitted again, but still generated controversy when finals were held in countries where bikinis (or swimsuits in general) were socially disapproved. For example, in 2003, Vida Samadzai from Afghanistan caused an uproar in her native country when she participated in the Miss Earth 2003 contest in a red bikini. She was condemned by the Afghan Supreme Court, saying such a display of the female body goes against Islamic law and Afghan culture. In 2013, the swimsuit round of the Miss World contest was dropped because of Islamist protests in Bali (Indonesia), where the contest took place. In 2014, the Miss World contest eliminated the swimsuit competition from its pageant. In 2018, Miss America eliminated the swimsuit competition after 97 years. 
In 2017, Carousel Productions was criticized for objectifying women during the Miss Earth 2017 competition where delegates wore swimsuits during the event with their faces concealed by a veil in the Beauty of Figure and Form, a segment first introduced in the Miss Philippines Earth 2017 pageant. It was one of the three preliminary judging segments of the pageant that include Poise and Beauty of Face and Environmental and Intelligence Competition. The organizers defended the "beauty of figure and form" segment and released a statement that the said round was intended to promote strict impartiality during pre-judging by focusing on the contestants' curves, execution and not beautiful face.
Major beauty pageants
Main article: List of beauty pageants
The term "beauty pageant" refers largely to contests for women. Major international contests for women include the yearly Miss World competition (founded by Eric Morley in 1951), Miss Universe (founded in 1952), Miss International (founded in 1960), and Miss Earth (founded in 2001 with environmental awareness as its concern). These are considered the Big Four pageants, the four largest and most famous international beauty contests for single or unmarried women.
|Founded||Pageant||Organizer||Location||Bikini allowed||Bikini regulation|
|1951||Miss World||Eric Morley, |
Miss World Organization
|London, England||1951–2014||1951: The first winner Kiki Håkansson from Sweden was crowned in a bikini. Countries with religious traditions threatened to withdraw delegates, and Pope Pius XII condemned the crowning as sinful.|
1952: Swimsuits toned down to more modest designs.
1996: Miss World contest was held in Bangalore, India, but the swimsuit round was shifted to Seychelles because of intense protests.
2013: The swimsuit round was dropped because of Islamist protests in Bali, Indonesia, where the contest took place.
2015: The Beach Fashion segment of the pageant was dropped.
|1952||Miss Universe||William Morris Endeavor||New York City||1997–present||1952: Bikinis banned. |
1997: Contestants allowed to wear bikinis.
|1960||Miss International||International Cultural Association||Tokyo, Japan||1960–present||1964: Bikinis made mandatory.|
|2001||Miss Earth||Carousel Productions||Quezon City, Philippines||2003–present||2003:Vida Samadzai from Afghanistan participating in a bikini caused an uproar in her native country.|
2017: The "Beauty of Form and Figure" preliminary judging in Miss Earth 2017 was introduced where the delegates walked in white two-piece bikinis but their faces were covered by a white veil to focus the judgment on the body figures on this portion.
Big Four dethronements and resignations
Dethronements and resignations are rare for the Big Four pageant winners, but when it does, it creates media attention.
The Miss World pageant has experienced 3 cases of dethronement or resignation instances:
In Miss Universe, Oxana Fedorova of Russia was crowned Miss Universe 2002 and was dethroned 4 months later as she was unable to fulfill her obligations. She was the first to be dethroned in the history of Miss Universe. She was replaced by first runner-up Justine Pasek of Panama. In its early years, there were two instances where the reigning Miss Universe opted to resign from her position: Armi Kuusela, Miss Universe 1952 from Finland, who held the distinction of being the first Miss Universe winner gave up her crown in less than a year to marry Filipino businessman Virgilio Hilario while Amparo Muñoz, Miss Universe 1974 of Spain refused to travel to Japan and instead resigned after six months of her reign. However, since the pageant had no concrete rule on resignation at that time, they were allowed to keep their titles.
In Miss Earth, the 2002 winner, Dzejla Glavovic of Bosnia and Herzegovina was dethroned of her crown six months into her reign, after she failed to show up at several environmental events. According to Carousel Productions, organizer of the Miss Earth contest, Glavovic was dethroned because of "her inability to fulfill the duties and responsibilities as the Miss Earth titleholder, in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth in the Miss Earth contract that she signed." She was succeeded by first runner-up Winfred Omwakwe of Kenya as Miss Earth 2002.
In Miss International, Ikumi Yoshimatsu, Miss International 2012 was the first titleholder of the pageant from Japan to be dethroned shortly before the end of her reign. She was ordered by the International Culture Association (Miss International organizer) to skip the succession ceremony and "play sick and shut up" out of fear of scandal. The Miss International organizer cited the reason for her dethronement was due to her involvement in a contract dispute with a talent agency in which she claimed that she was pressured to sign by Burning Productions, a film production company which is rumored to be linked with the Japanese underworld, but she refused and went ahead by starting her own company. Yoshimatsu filed criminal charges against one of Japan's most powerful talent agency executives, Genichi Taniguchi of Burning Productions, for allegedly stalking, intimidating, and harassing her.
Besides the international beauty pageants, numerous minor competitions exist throughout the world displaying the different perceptions of beauty. Some examples of criteria to select beauty queens that are unique to certain cultures include the Indian history and traditional craft skills in the Miss Indian American pageant, Indian dress section in the Miss India USA pageant and the principles of "black beauty" that became accepted in the Miss Howard University competition. The winner is often viewed as a model for the "ideal" community member. Through the competitions, the contestants can learn how to present themselves in public and how to cultivate certain traits such as confidence or poise. In some cases, the competitors are selected to act as a representative on behalf of the community. In the African American community of Howard University, the selected Miss Howard University served as advocates for the Civil Rights Movement in the decades following the 1960s. Additionally, the Miss Landmine competition situated in Angola allow victims to serve as advocates on behalf of other victims of mining accidents.
Researchers suggest that the emergence of beauty pageants in countries outside the United States is linked to an economic boom geared towards a more consumeristic lifestyle. For example, in India, from 1996 to 2000, the personal care industry grew by 25% while the number of women applying for the Miss India competition increased from 1000 people in 1993 to 6500 people in 2001. Additionally, after China hosted about 6 international beauty pageants in 2004, the beauty industry increased in influence in the area. At the same time, the number of regional beauty pageants in the country increased.
There is much diversity surrounding the beauty pageant industry now and there have been many women out there who have been recognized to be the first crowned in their race. In 1983, Vanessa Williams, an American singer, actress and fashion designer gained recognition as being the first African American woman to receive the Miss America title. In 1945, Bess Myerson, an American politician, model and, television actress became the first Jew to win the Miss America title in the Atlantic city and to this day she is the only Jew to have received the crown. Her success in winning the title was hugely symbolic and personal to the Jews at that time because it was during the midst of anti-semitism in Nazi Germany and therefore, she was thought to be ideal in the United States. Then in 1991, Lupita Jones, a Mexican actress and television producer, became the first Mexican to win Miss Universe.
Critics of beauty pageants argue that such contests reinforce the idea that girls and women should be valued primarily for their physical appearance, and that this puts tremendous pressure on women to conform to conventional beauty standards by spending time and money on fashion, cosmetics, hair styling, and even cosmetic surgery. They say that this pursuit of physical beauty even encourages some women to diet to the point of harming themselves.
The London Feminist Network argues that rather than being empowering, beauty pageants do the opposite: denying women's full humanity by subjecting them to objectification, denying their full humanity by maintaining that their primary purpose is to be attractive.
Another criticism is in the way beauty pageant is quantifiably scored as highlighted by the "Myth of the Perfect 10". Beauty becomes a numerical coefficient in ranking contestants, and this type of scoring still remains followed as a system even in nationwide beauty pageants such as Miss America.
Researchers suggest that these events strengthen skills, such as interpersonal communications, self-assurance, and public speaking, which prove to be useful in future career paths.
Some critics claim that even after beauty pageants became diverse by the end of the 20th century, there is still this misconception that the ideal image of traditional beauty is a white woman.
There have been numerous scandals in the beauty pageant industry and they continue to emerge as beauty pageants are becoming more known to the public. For instance, in December 2017, HuffPost published emails which were written by former Miss America CEO Sam Haskell. In these emails, the contestant speaks about other contestants and refers to them as "snakes". Due to these emails coming out to the public, the contestant resigned from her position.
Laura Zuniga, former Miss Hispanic America was detained with her boyfriend and six other people for the crimes of racketeering, drug trafficking, weapons violation and money laundering. The group was caught by the police as they held many 9-mm handguns and roughly $53,000 in cash.
At the Miss Teen USA 2007 pageant, Caitlin Upton gained international notoriety for her convoluted and nonsensical response to a question posed to her during the August 2007 national pageant. During the pageant, host Aimee Teegarden asked: "Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can't locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?" Upton responded:
I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh, people out there in our nation don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future. For our children.
As a guest on NBC's The Today Show, Upton told Ann Curry and Matt Lauer that she was overwhelmed when asked the question and did not comprehend it correctly.
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