Are the Miss USA 2010 black-and-white pictures scandalous? Are they just a little bit too provocative? Are they sexy or are they too sexy? There’s a national debate going on via talk shows and on the Internet over the Miss USA 2010 pictures, but shouldn’t it be simpler? Like do you think Miss Kansas is prettier or sexier than all the others? Or Miss California? If you want to sidestep all the controversy and scandal and simply find out what all the commotion is about, just head on over to MissUniverse.com. The Miss USA 2010 pageant organizers have posted pictures and want to know what you think of the 51 contestants, regardless of the scandal.
The black-and-white pictures are a departure from the regular beauty pageant promotional photos of the past, where the contestants were just beautiful mannequins with painted-on smiles. And they are provocative, casting the contestants in alluring poses, dressed in sexy lingerie or unbuttoned blouses, high heels and lots of mascara. Lots of legs. Pouty lips. Flirtatious looks.
Provocative. Sexy. For some, scandalous.
But it is a beauty pageant. They are promoting and selling beauty. And like the pageant told TMZ after receiving numerous complaints about the sexiness of the pictures, “You can have brains and be smart and still be sexy.”
Like Miss Kansas, Bethany Gerber. A beautiful, 21-year-old brunette from Winfield, Kan., she’s dressed in nothing but an unbuttoned shirt, a pair of lace panties, her hands placed challengingly on her hips, her head tilted just so, with a stray lock of hair crossing an eye. Too sexy?
Or what about the picture of a kneeling Miss Missouri, 21-year-old Ashley Strohmier? Dressed in a tight-fitting corset and black panties, she looks at the viewer through big bang of dark hair, her lips slightly parted. Too alluring?
How about Miss California (Nicole Michele Johnson) or Miss Arkansas (Adrielle Churchill), both sitting, fishnet-stockinged legs crossed, posed on a sofa of some sort. Miss California has her head tilted to the side, revealing a shower of long, dark hair. Miss Arkansas has a one hand on her hip, the other reaching back behind her as if to loosen her dark hair. A bit more modest, Miss Arkansas also wears a loose and opened white shirt. Too sexy as well?
And what about all the others, especially those laying or kneeling on rumpled beds? Most of the pictures are of the young ladies laying in various positions. Only Miss Illinois, 24-year-old Ashley Bradarich, seems to have gone for originality here, being the only contestant to be photographed on her back. Too provocative?
But is it worthy of scandal?
Miss USA 2010 invites the viewer to log in and rate the contestants. They’re all beautiful, so choosing could be a bit difficult. But are the pictures too sexy, too provocative, inappropriate? Is Miss Kansas too sultry? Does Miss California come off just a little too enticing? Like beauty, those aspects are subjective and within the eye of the beholder…