Miss USA 2022 R'Bonney Gabriel responds to accusations she won because of ‘favoritism'
Miss USA 2022 R'Bonney Gabriel has responded to allegations made by another contestant that the pageant was rigged in her favor. Gabriel, who made history in July by becoming the first Filipino American to win Miss Texas USA before winning the Miss USA crown, faced speculations of an unfair advantage immediately after the event. Miss Montana Heather Lee O'Keefe took to her TikTok account to allege that, after speaking with the other contestants, most of them "feel very strongly that there was favoritism towards Miss Texas USA and we have the receipts to prove it."news.yahoo.com
MoneyWatch: IRS faces severe challenges this tax season
As this year's tax season begins, the IRS is still working to complete a sizable backlog of returns from 2021. The delays are just one of the results of severe staffing shortages at the IRS. CBS News congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane joins Tanya Rivero and Jericka Duncan with more.news.yahoo.com
MoneyWatch: Spotify responds to backlash over Joe Rogan's controversial podcast
Although shares of Spotify appeared to rebound Monday, the streaming service continues to deal with fallout over leaving controversial podcast host Joe Rogan on its platform. CBS News technology reporter Dan Patterson joined "CBS News Mornings" to discuss.news.yahoo.com
Dr. Ashish Jha on possible pandemic reprieve and easing COVID restrictions
Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University School of Public Health, joins “CBS Mornings” to discuss the possibility of a coming reprieve in the COVID-19 surge, and why we should start easing some pandemic restrictions.news.yahoo.com
Connecticut detectives suspended for their handling of two Black women's deaths
Two Connecticut police detectives have been suspended and put on administrative leave over their handling of death investigations of two Black women. The mayor of Bridgeport had strong words for the police department.news.yahoo.com
Former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst penned revealing 2021 essay, detailing struggle with time, internet trolls, and entering 30th year 'searching for joy and purpose on my own terms'
"Turning 30 feels like a cold reminder that I'm running out of time to matter in society's eyes," Kryst wrote in the Allure essay last year.news.yahoo.com
Covid restrictions dampen Lunar New Year celebrations in Shanghai, Hong Kong
Many people in mainland China and Hong Kong will be spending the Lunar New Year at home this year instead of returning to their hometowns, due to strict Covid travel regulations in place. China is one of the few places left in the world still pursuing a zero-Covid strategy, putting a dampener on the annual mass migration.news.yahoo.com
Former Miss USA Jumps to Her Death From New York City Skyscraper
Jemal Countess/GettyCheslie Kryst, who won the Miss USA sash in 2019, has died after a fall from her high-rise Manhattan apartment building. She was 30.Her family confirmed Kryst’s death in a Sunday statement. “Her great light was one that inspired others around the world with her beauty and strength,” it read. “She cared, she loved, she laughed and she shined.” The family said that the pageant-winner had “embodied love and served others” and that “her impact will live on.”Her body was found onnews.yahoo.com
Miss Texas, McAllen’s own Victoria Hinojosa, out after reaching Miss USA’s top 8
McAllen native and Miss Texas USA 2021, Victoria Hinojosa, made it to the top eight of the 70th annual Miss USA pageant, but fell short of earning the national crown Monday evening. Following a preliminary competition held Friday evening and personal interviews with the judges on Saturday morning, Hinojosa was selected to the top 16 contenders. Hinojosa and her seven fellow contestants participated in a question round. “I’d have to say to treat others the way you’d like to be treated,” Hinojosa responded. In September, just after earning the Miss Texas USA 2021 crown, the 2015 McAllen Memorial High School graduate and Texas A&M University alumni said she hopes to inspire young girls and boys from the Valley to continue striving for their dreams.myrgv.com
Miss Texas USA, a McAllen native, competes for Miss USA tonight
McAllen native Victoria Hinojosa will be competing in the 70th annual Miss USA pageant tonight. Hinojosa, who was crowned Miss Texas USA 2021 in September, will compete against 50 other contestants representing each state and the District of Columbia. Miss Texas USA 2021 is a 2015 graduate of McAllen Memorial High School and an alumni of Texas A&M University. Following her victory in September, Hinojosa said her sights were set on tonight’s Miss USA pageant, as well as the Miss Universe pageant in Eilat, Israel. Leading up to Miss USA, that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”She said that she hopes to inspire young girls and boys from the Rio Grande Valley to continue striving for their dreams.myrgv.com
Missouri City’s Crystle Stewart on becoming the National Director for Miss USA
HOUSTON – Missouri City actress and entrepreneur, Crystle Stewart, is breaking barriers with her new role in the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants. The former Miss USA 2008 is the first African American woman to ever hold the licensing rights to Miss USA and Miss Teen USA and she reflected on this important achievement. LAS VEGAS - APRIL 11: Miss USA 2008/Miss Texas Crystle Stewart attends the 2008 Miss USA Competition at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on April 11, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Crystle Stewart (Crystle Stewart)Stewart hopes to implement some changes to the Miss USA system to make sure all the ladies get the same experience. She also opened a finishing school in Houston called MISS Academy (Manners, Image, Style, and Success) for girls ages 5-21.
Houston hairstylist works her magic at Miss Universe pageant
@iamjoywilliams was one of the hair stylists at Miss Teen USA, Miss USA AND Miss Universe! pic.twitter.com/ecRvTDzGIM Erica Simon (@EricaOnABC13) December 13, 2019HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Last weekend, the world watched as women from all backgrounds competed for the title of Miss Universe.For the first time in history, Miss Teen USA, Miss USA, Miss America and Miss Universe are all black women. "African-American women, Black women, women of color, people of color in general, weren't seen as beautiful. I love every single part of it," Joy Williams said with a smile.Williams, owner and hairstylist at JW Studios in northwest Houston was on the style team at Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss Universe. '"In addition to hair, Williams also makes beauty products for the face and body.abc13.com
For the first time, Miss Universe, Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA are all black
Miss Universe Zozibini TunziMiss America Nia Imani FranklinMiss USA Cheslie KrystMiss Teen USA Kaliegh GarrisIn 2019, Miss America, Miss Teen USA, Miss USA, and Miss Universe are all Black women. (: Getty/ Miss USA) pic.twitter.com/4CzQfHBtRU ESSENCE (@Essence) December 9, 2019Sunday night's crowning of Zozibini Tunzi represented not only a historic moment for the Miss Universe pageant but also a landmark year for some of the world's most prestigious pageants.It made 2019 the first year that the Miss Universe, Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA winners are all black women. Many well-known pageants did not allow minorities and women of color in their early history.Two of the winners, Miss America Nia Imani Franklin and Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, are North Carolina natives.Kryst, 28, is a lawyer from Charlotte. She said her interest in pageants began when she was 10 years old, watching her mother ride a horse-drawn carriage in a parade when she was named Mrs. North Carolina in 2002.Franklin was born in Winston-Salem and lived in North Carolina through college, earning degrees from East Carolina University and the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts. Tunzi, a 26-year-old gender violence activist, said she was forced to abandon her studies for a year because of her family's economic difficulties, but her modeling work allowed her to continue her education.Garris, 19, won Miss Teen USA after being crowned Miss Connecticut Teen USA.abc13.com
Rachel Smith Is Entertainment Tonight's Newest Correspondent
Rachel Smith is the newest member of the ET family! The former Miss USA is the latest addition to Entertainment Tonight, joining the show as a correspondent. Smith has previously conducted interviews with stars including Kim Kardashian West, Dua Lipa and Hannah Brown for ET. Additionally, Smith hosted the ABC syndicated series On the Red Carpet and served as a correspondent for Good Morning America and Nightline. When Smith competed for the Miss USA title in 2007, O'Dell was the person to announce that she'd won the competition.