Monica Roberts

Miss USA 2008

Filed By Monica Roberts | April 11, 2008 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Contests, Media
Tags: African-American, Houston, Monica Roberts, pageants, Texas

Like most Texans I am a long time pageant fanatic. Whether it's a GLBT one or not, I'm either sitting in the audience enjoying the show or in front of the set watching it.

Tonight I'll be flipping channels back and forth between Battlestar Galactica and the Miss USA pageant to root for my Houston homegirl Crystle Stewart and see if she can bring the title back to the Lone Star State for the first time since 2001.

Crystle's already done the hard part. After five attempts, she finally captured the Miss Texas title..

The Miss Texas USA pageant routinely has more than 100 women vying for the title, more than the number of contestants competing for Miss Universe or Miss USA. In many cases they have to battle through stiff competition in local pageants in the Houston, Dallas and San Antonio metro areas along with other pageants scattered across the state just to get the shot at winning the state title. In addition, Miss Texas USA is one on the few state pageants in the Miss Universe system that's televised live.

Texas delegates have been prolific at winning Miss USA. Miss Texas representatives have won the Miss USA pageant going into tonight eight times, with a remarkable run from 1985-1989 in which a Miss Texas won it five straight years. During that run, Christy Fitchner beat a future Oscar winning actress by the name of Halle Berry for the 1986 Miss USA title.

Despite that run of success, a Miss Texas has only won Miss Universe once, Chelsi Smith in 1995.

Crystle's also trying to make a little history. In addition to making the attempt to become only the fifth African-American to win Miss USA, she's also trying to succeed Rachel Smith. last year's winner. While there have been back-to-back African-American winners in the Miss America system, it's never happened in the Miss USA pageant.

I'll be rooting for my fellow Cougar to do just that tonight and hopefully continue on to win Miss USA.

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Good luck to her but im rooting for Miss Ga.

Ps working in the fashion industry I tend to keep up with the glamour end of the industry :)


Now that I've let my inner Texan out, congratulations to Crystle!

I am waiting for Miss America who is Trans' so I can run for Old Lady America. I figure it will take that long!

You are such a queer! Way to be out about your love of pageants.

I'm a writer. I love drama and suspense and what one event has more drama and suspense short of writing a novel than a pageant?

I've also judged a few as well, but my love of them goes back to watching the first Miss Black America pageants.

Why is there a Miss USA and a Miss America. And Miss Universe? Isn't that a little grandiose? I mean, I don't see Miss Mars or Miss Jupiter competing.

Oh Bil Miss USA is tied in with the Miss Universe pagent as the winner from Miss USA now goes on to compete there.How it got it's name is any ones guess kinda like the World Series in Baseball I reckon.

Miss America however is a seperate group but I wouldnt be suprised if in the furtue the two end up merging.The big difference is the girls in Miss USA are already models and there is no talent show part.Miss Georgia this year also was last years Miss Georgia for Miss America. so look for girls who were in one to be in the other now that Miss America is no longer just in Atlantic City.

Oh and yes there are a number of Drag Queen and Trans girl pageants even a interanional one so pageants are big business.