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Olivia O'Neil Loses Her Beauty Pageant Crown in New Zealand 2010-08-09 12:01:03

This Beauty Queen Lost Her Crown For Dyeing Her Hair

We're already not enamored of beauty pageants, but this news is just ridiculous. Fifteen-year-old Kiwi Olivia O'Neil has been stripped of her Miss Teen Wanganui crown. Her offense? She dyed her hair from blond to dark brown. When the pageant organizer, Barbara Osborne, saw it, she asked, "Is that a wig? I hope it is. Don't give me heart failure."

Our plucky pageant queen declared that it was indeed her real hair color, and that if Osborne didn't approve, then beauty pageantry might not be the right world for her. That's when things got crazy, with Osborne saying, "Well, you better decide, miss. Hand over your crown with an attitude like that. I'm sure someone will step into your place with manners." So Olivia did just that, at which point the organizer told the teenager that she "would not go far in this world." (What a nice lady!) Do you think Olivia should have been able to keep her crown, or is hair dye a serious offense?

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zeze zeze 7 years
I don't think the issue is natural vs unnatural hair color, it is more about keeping the same exact image you had when you won - so whatever real or fake hair color you had when you won, you must keep it for the entire term you are the winner - and in that case it seems a little ridiculous.
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 7 years
But in the video her hair is clearly brown when she wins :?
Rjs-baby-girl Rjs-baby-girl 7 years
They have fake tans, tons of makeup on, but changing their hair color is not ok? That's crazy. I watched the show on TLC about little 3 year olds having to compete in these shows and I swore if I have a daughter one day I'll never do that to her. Relying on being fake and having no personality to go further in life are not what I want to teach my kids as good values.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I'm with Jessiebanana. Pageantry as a whole is ludicrous..
Florida-Snow Florida-Snow 7 years
Hm. It depends. If the rules of the pageant explicitly said that you must have your natural hair color to be in the pageant, then yes, she broke the rules and needed to be disqualified. But if there was no such rule, then the judge was being an uptight bitch and the girl deserved to keep her crown.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
This has to be one of the dumbest things I've ever heard of. Pageantry truly is not one of the prouder things women accomplish.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I'm not crazy about beauty pageantry in general, so I might not be the most impartial person. But even within the confines of pageantry, I don't think it's fair to come down on her for dyeing her hair brown. (It's not like she showed up looking like a Blatz groupie.) Certainly, the organizer didn't handle things well. (She has since resigned, the newspaper reported.) Hopefully Olivia learned something about herself in the process.
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