Miss Connecticut may have been crowned the winner during Sunday night's Miss USA pageant, but it's Miss Utah that everyone's talking about today.
The brunette bombshell glided straight into the top five, but bombed when it came to the interview portion of the competition. Celebrity judge NeNe Leakes asked Marissa Powell, 21, of Salt Lake City, her thoughts on the fact that women still earn less than men in our society. Chalk it up to nerves, but Powell stumbled over her words and provided a cringe-worthy response that included the phrase, "to create education better."
"I think we can relate this back to education and how we are continuing to try to strive to," she said, pausing, knowingly, that this wasn't going well, before she flashed a smile and continued, "figure out how to create jobs right now."
"That is the biggest problem, and I think especially the men are seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to try to figure out how to create education better so that we can solve this problem. Thank you."
The best part? She still ended up taking third runner-up.
It's right up there with the infamous response Miss South Carolina Teen Caitlin Upton gave during the Q&A portion of the 2007 Miss Teen USA competition when she was asked why many Americans can't find the USA on a map.
The reigning Miss South Carolina Megan Pinckney didn't flub as badly as either Upton or Powell, but her answer was still shaky. When asked if people who leak classified documents as public information should be tried for treason, she responded, "I don't believe that they should be charged with treason. Personally, I feel that being a part of this country we have been given specific documents for specific reasons. Our lawmakers have put that into their decisions for certain reasons. And if we feel the need to have to show those documents, then I think we should show them."
She placed fifth runner-up in Sunday's pageant.