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Miss Utah: Eight other embarrassing beauty pageant answers - video

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With the awkward answer given by Miss Utah becoming a hit on YouTube, Digital Spy is taking a look at the strangest responses given by beauty pageant contestants in the past.

Marissa Powell, representing Utah in the Miss USA competition, gave the incoherent response to a question about women earning less than men last night (June 17), as she launched into an answer about education in America.

At one point, she said: "We need to try and figure out how to create education better..."



But it's not the first time a pageant participant flubbed her response on stage. Take a look at some other beauty pageant answer blunders below:

Miss Universe Australia 2010 Contestant
Despite becoming tongue-tied over a question on skincare, Jesinta Campbell still went on to take the crown in the 2010 Miss Universe Australia contest. What started out as a strong, confident answer quickly went downhill at around 0:50, as she stumbled over her words twice before completely giving up and starting again - to the applause of the crowd.



Miss California at Miss USA 2009
When Perez Hilton asked Miss California a question about whether she thought all states should legalise gay marriage, Carrie Prejean started off by giving a diplomatic response. She then went on to shock the openly-gay judge by saying that she doesn't think that two men or two women should get married "in [her] country".



Miss Ohio at Miss USA 2012
During the Miss USA 2012 contest, Audrey Bolte was asked: "Do you think women are depicted in movies and on television in an accurate and positive way?"

Miss Ohio then gave an answer which no-one was expecting - by naming Julia Roberts's prostitute character in Pretty Woman as a good role model.

She said: "I think it depends on the movie. I think there are some movies that depict women in a very positive role, and then some movies that put them in a little bit more of a negative role. But by the end of the movie they show that 'woman power' that I know we all have, such as the movie Pretty Woman.

"We had a wonderful beautiful woman, Julia Roberts, and she was having a rough time. But, you know what, she came out on top, and she didn't let anybody stay in her path."

Miss Minnesota at Miss USA 1995
During the Miss USA 1995 contest, Miss Minnesota was asked if she thought that her job prospects would change if "affirmative action" was dismantled. It was obvious that the candidate had no idea what the question meant and she gives a completely irrelevant response (starts at 2:42).



Miss Alabama Pageant Contestant
A question about who should be held responsible for the prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq left this contestant speechless as she tried to stumble through a response at the Miss Alabama Pageant, and in the end she decides to just completely ignore the question before exiting the stage with a smile (starts at 0:24).



Miss Venezuela at Miss Universe 2012
At Miss Universe 2012, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero was asked what law she would create if she had the chance. After having the question translated, she then attempted to answer in English - with a very confusing result including a surfing analogy.



Miss Arizona at Miss World 2009
Judge Kenan Thompson asked Miss Arizona if she thought that the US should have universal health care as a part of citizenship. She began her answer with "I think this is an issue of integrity", and avoided the subject matter entirely - she doesn't mention health care once in her response.



Miss South Carolina at Miss Teen USA 2007
During the 2007 Miss Teen USA contest, Miss South Carolina was faced with a question which led to this now-infamous response regarding education in America. It has had more than 57 million views on YouTube.

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