10 Notable Beauty Pageant Moments


Mike Tyson: Miss Black America Special Guest/Defendant

Heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson was asked to be a special guest at the Miss Black America pageant in 1991. As it turned out, this was not the best move on the part of pageant producers. Contestant Desiree Washington claimed that Tyson had raped her in the days before the contest, and numerous other contestants came forth to say that they too were groped and harassed by Tyson. The boxing star was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison.


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