Worst Miss Universe Controversies Through the Years (Shockingly, Not All of Them Are Over Nude Photos)

Kim Conte
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bret michaelsWhen the Miss Universe 2010 winner is announced tonight, two burning questions will be running through our heads: 1) What sort of scandal is in store for the newest beauty queen? And, 2) Why is Bret Michaels hosting?

The Miss Universe pageant has been rife with controversy since its inception. And this year's event is already proving to be no exception: The contestants' racy, body paint photographs as well as the outlandish outfits worn by Miss Australia and Miss India are raising more than a few eyebrows. We shudder to think which indignities are in store for the winner.

To help us prepare for the shame that's sure to fall on the Miss Universe 2010, here's a look back at past and present pageant controversies. (The Michaels question, at least for now, will have to remain a mystery.)

Miss Universe 2002 Oxana Fedorova from Russia was the first and only official title-holder to be dethroned for "failing to function in her responsibilities as Miss Universe." (As to what those responsibilities actually are is unclear.)

Miss Universe 2004 Jennifer Hawkins from Australia almost had to relinquish her crown after nude photos of her surfaced in Hustler magazine. She survived that scandal but faced another years later after a nude photo shoot for the January 2010 cover of Marie Claire was received with less than positive reviews.

Miss Trinidad and Tobago 2008 Anya Ayoung-Chee was at the center of controversy when a sex tape surfaced showing her having a threesome with a former boyfriend (who claims the footage was stolen off his laptop) and Miss Japan 2008 Hiroko Mima (whose name was later cleared). Miss Universe pageant officials tried to distance itself from the scandal, saying the tape had been filmed months after the pageant. (No one believed them.)

Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernandez from Venezuela has seen her own share of scandal: Earlier this year her boyfriend, Julio Marcolli, was accused of murdering a young man. Fernandez has defended him, saying he was with her on the day of the alleged attack.

Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih -- a contestant in tonight's Miss Universe pageant -- came under scrutiny in May of this year when it was revealed (with supporting photographic evidence) that she had participated in a Detroit radio stripping contest back in 2007. Classy!

Finally, Miss Philippines 2010 Maria Venus Raj, another contestant, had her crown taken away and then given back over questions of her citizenship.

Will you tune in to the Miss Universe pageant tonight? Which contestant would you like to see crowned?

 

Image via MissUniverse.com

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