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Butt Glue, Bombshell Bras & Last-Second Lunges: Why Miss America Is Called A 'Beauty' Pageant & Not A 'Brains' Pageant
Image: AP/Isaac Brekken

Butt Glue, Bombshell Bras & Last-Second Lunges: Why Miss America Is Called A 'Beauty' Pageant & Not A 'Brains' Pageant

"Sometimes you get butt-glued up here so those fake boobs will stay in."

Last night's Miss America pageant offered a host of fascinating revelations from the contestants.

Miss Iowa (whose real name is Mariah Carey) appears to support marijuana for both medical and recreational use:

Miss California (Leah Cecil) thought euthanasia was a vaccine. (Luckily for Miss California, this happened before the competition. Lucky for us, ABC News had cameras rolling for a "Good Morning America" special called "Beauty Pageant Confidential.")

Miss New York (the pageant's eventual winner) believes armed guards at schools would not stop violence:

"I don't think the proper way to fight violence is with violence. I think the proper way is to educate people on guns and the ways we can use them properly. We can lock them up, we can have gun safety classes, we can have a longer waiting period."

Mallory Haggan, 23, from Brooklyn, N.Y. walked away with the Miss America title last night.

Image: AP/Isaac Brekken

As the first New Yorker to win the coveted crown since 1984, Haggan is likely to get an extra special thank you from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo -- but probably moreso because of her answer about armed guards in schools. Expect the new Miss America to make appearances with the governor as he announces the next phase of his "sweeping gun control" proposals.

Bonus Miss America content:

The clip of Miss California's fumble on euthanasia was from ABC's "Beauty Pageant Confidential." That entire segment is also worth watching, especially for those of us who did not know about such pageant secrets as:

  • Butt glue
  • The "bombshell bra"
  • Last-second lunges and push-ups before going on stage in bathing suits

Bonus Miss America trivia: 

The last Miss America winner from New York was Vanessa Williams in 1984. Williams made headlines as the first black woman to wear the crown. A few months later, Williams was in the news again when she relinquished her title after nude photos of her were published in Penthouse magazine.

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