We know that teachers who have performed in porn movies are toast, once their performances surface online, and that teachers whose images, showing them in their birthday suits, are easily accessible by post-pubescent students are not going to stay secondary school faculty members for long. But do similar rules apply for beauty pageant winners, whose physical assets are not only barely hidden anyway, but the primary, if not sole reasons for their “titles”? Should they?
Let’s look at the dilemma facing Melissa King, the newly crowned Miss Delaware Teen USA. A porn site featured a video with a, er, key performer that both looked and sounded exactly like her, apparently showing Miss Delaware Teen USA doing all sorts of fascinating things on, over, and around an unclothed male actor. King denied that she was the performer (who references her participation in beauty pageants on the video), but gave up her crown anyway. Looking at the photos, either she has also triggered the Lying Beauty Queen Principle, or has a twin sister in the porn trade.
One website covering the story polled its readers regarding whether it should matter if a beauty queen has done porn. Stated in that way, it is a reasonable question. If beauty pageants were like dog shows, and all that was being awarded was a prize for the most perfect physical specimen, it shouldn’t matter if the winner is a Nazi, a terrorist, a serial killer or a werewolf. The problem arises because these pageants include titles. King was not crowned Miss Pulchritude, or anointed Best Curves Champion. She was named Miss Delaware Teen USA, and that links both King and pornography to four groups that may not appreciate the association and its implications: the State of Delaware, Delaware teenagers, Delaware women and American teenagers. It may be that King’s physical charms and not her conduct and character are what earned her the title, but to those who don’t follow beauty pageants (that is, sane people, who have a life), “Miss Delaware Teen USA” suggests that she is an exemplar in a more general way. When the woman chosen to represent the epitome of young Delaware womanhood is a drug addict, a racist, a pick-pocket or a porn star, Delaware appears to be big trouble. It is an implied slur on a lot of people.
That website poll showed its readers voting 2-1 against holding an excursion into porn against a beauty queen, but in fairness and common sense, if a woman presumes to be called Miss anything, she has acquired the duty to represent that group with dignity and in a way that doesn’t embarrass its members. A porn star can be Miss Va-Va-Voom, Miss Porn America or reign as Miss Sexy 2013. When her title says she stands for a whole state and its young women, however, of course she can’t have a pornographic past.
Amazingly, an online poll was wrong!
Yes, Virginia, I mean, Delaware, there is a Naked Beauty Pageant Queen Principle—at least when the Naked Beauty Pageant Queen is on a video doing what Melissa King was doing.
Spark: Pop Blend
Facts: USA Today