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College Heights Herald article:

Controversy over the Miss Western pageant has prompted the student government at Murray State University to propose dropping its affiliation with the Miss Kentucky and Miss USA pageants.

Western sophomore Lisa Caswell threatened to file a discrimination suit against Western in February because she was told she couldn't enter the pageant because she had a child. It was later discovered that Caswell also exceeded the age limit.

According to the Murray State News, the Student Government Association proposed several changes in Miss Murray State pageant rules to avoid a similar lawsuit. The changes include:

  • Eliminating requirements that a participant cannot have been married, divorced or pregnant.
  • Discontinuing affiliation with Miss Kentucky and Miss USA Pageant because of legal liabilities of a state agency supporting discrimination.
  • Replacing the swim wear competition with a casual wear contest.
  • Using money that was spent for affiliation dues to increase scholarships for winners.

So far, Western has not made any changes regarding the Miss Western Pageant.

"The future of our Miss Western pageant is still to be decided," President Thomas Meredith said. "It will be discussed in great depth before next time."


Western Kentucky University, Beauty Queens, Discrimination


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