Earlier today, Miss Delaware Teen USA Melissa King sent in her resignation letter after a video surfaced of a woman who looks quite a bit like her having sex on an Internet pornography site. King is denying she’s the one featured, but given her quick resignation after finally accomplishing her Miss Delaware dream, it seems like she really did get busy on film.
Beauty pageant sex scandals are practically as old as the competitions themselves. Vanessa Williams famously resigned after naked photographs of her emerged, and numerous other women have found themselves in similar boats when their promiscuous decisions have suddenly and unexpected become public.
On the one hand, it’s easy to see why beauty pageant winners almost always resign after sexual scandals. They don’t want to continue in the glare of the judgmental spotlight, and the organization doesn’t want all of the future appearances to turn into questions about sex tapes and explicit pictures. On the other hand, why do we expect such ideals from beauty pageant winners? Movie stars and singers don’t (usually) get fired from their jobs over such issues because past mistakes don’t make them any less capable of doing their jobs.
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