It certainly wasn’t the reason she lost the crown and was named first runner up in the 2009 Miss USA pageant held this past Sunday, but Miss California’s earrings were definitely a distraction.
She wore enormous, oversize drop earrings, which showed up well from a distance and visually coordinated with her elaborate beaded and feathered evening gown. But as she answered her assigned question from judge Perez Hilton, an answer that has received plenty of video play because it related to same-sex marriage and became a headline story, her earrings did her no justice.
Her close-ups readily revealed the poor design of the earrings. As she moved, one of the huge tear-shaped drops repeatedly flipped over, showing us the back of the drop, which looked to be excruciatingly unattractive plain white plastic or paper mache.
Contrast Miss North Carolina’s long dangling rhinestone or crystal earrings, which were of much finer workmanship, and which sparkled and swayed prettily but kept their line as she moved. They also ultimately proved to complement nicely the Miss USA crown.
Granted, a beauty pageant with all its backstage hubbub is no place for diamond jewelry, but poorly designed costume jewelry has no place there either. How sad to detract from the beauty of a contestant with an ill-conceived choice of jewelry.