Miss Utah Chokes Under Pressure


Stumbling for words cost her the crown. Can it cost you your relationship?

Miss Connecticut, Erin Brady, was just crowned Miss USA 2013. But all anyone is talking about this morning is Miss Utah, Marissa Powell. Why? Because as one of the final six contestants standing, she was one of the few to advance to the all important interview portion of the pageant, and incidentally, completely botch her answer.

The question, posed by Real Housewife, Nene Leakes was "A recent report shows that 40% of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?" Miss Utah's answer? "I think we can relate this back to education and how we are continuing to try to strive to…to figure out how to create jobs right now… that is the biggest problem now. And I think especially the men are seen as the leaders of this, so we need to try to figure out how to create education better so that we can solve this problem."

Not as confusing as Miss Teen South Carolina’s answer in 2007, but Miss Utah's thoughts on what this statistic says about society was never actually stated and because of it she placed last in the finals, coming in as the fifth runner-up. Unfortunately there are times in life where saying the wrong thing can really make or break you. This got me thinking about relationships and how many times I've heard women complain that if they just had said something differently or worded something a bit better, they would have gotten a second date, or dodged a big fight, or even salvaged an entire relationship. In some cases, no matter what you say, right, wrong, or just plain incoherent, is not going to prevent the inevitable. To think we have so much control over another person that all it takes is effective communication on our part would just be plain manipulative. There are other times, though, where verbal vomit can do irreparable damage as seen in this year's Miss USA Pageant. Keep reading...

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