Beauty Queen Bungles!

Rima Fakih isn't the first pageant winner to fall from grace

01 of 08

RIMA FAKIH

RIMA FAKIH
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Miss USA 2010
The former Miss USA, 26, was arrested in Michigan on the weekend of Dec. 3 on suspicion of drunk driving. Despite a tweet on her feed declaring her innocence, the origin of which remains unknown – "I'm NOT in Michigan and I'm NOT in jail!" it read – her lawyer Doraid Elder later confirmed to the Detroit Free Press that she’s "taking full responsibility."

02 of 08

CARRIE PREJEAN

CARRIE PREJEAN
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Miss USA runner-up, 2009
Prejean, 24, didn't wait until the 2009 pageant was over to stir controversy, telling judges she believed marriage should be reserved for straight couples – to public outcry. But it wasn't until a partially nude photo and a sex tape surfaced that Miss USA owner Donald Trump relieved Prejean of her duties as Miss California USA in June 2009, citing "breach of contract."

03 of 08

TARA CONNER

TARA CONNER
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Miss USA 2006
In December 2006, rumors swirled that Conner, then 21, was abusing drugs and alcohol. After photos emerged showing her in a passionate kiss with Miss Teen USA, and she reportedly tested positive for cocaine, Trump sent Conner to rehab, saying, "I've always been a believer in second chances." She's now a consultant for Caron Treatment Centers.

04 of 08

VANESSA WILLIAMS

VANESSA WILLIAMS
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Miss America 1984
Perhaps the most famous of the fallen beauty queens, Williams, 48, resigned as Miss America in July 1984 after nude shots from her pre-pageant days came to light – and ended up in Penthouse. But Williams had the last laugh, going on to successful careers in music and TV.

05 of 08

MARJORIE WALLACE

MARJORIE WALLACE
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Miss World 1973
Just 104 days after becoming the first American to win the Miss World title, Wallace, then 20, had it taken away amid reports she was dating Welsh singer Tom Jones and British soccer star George Best. Pageant organizers said she "failed to fulfill the basic requirements of the job." Three months later, she overdosed on pills. But she bounced back in 1981 as one of the first anchors of Entertainment Tonight.

06 of 08

RACHEL SMITH

RACHEL SMITH
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Miss USA 2007While modeling a glitzy dress during the evening-gown competition, the smiling brunette took a huge fall. She quickly bounced back up at the 56th annual Miss Universe pageant in Mexico City.

07 of 08

CRYSTLE STEWART

CRYSTLE STEWART
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Miss USA 2008A year later, Stewart slipped during the evening-gown competition at the 57th annual Miss Universe pageant in Vietnam.

08 of 08

LINDSEY EVANS

LINDSEY EVANS
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Miss Teen LouisianaEvans lost her title in 2008 after getting arrested on charges of skipping out on a $46 tab – and leaving behind an illicit item. Called to the Posados Café in Bossier City, La., police found Evans's driver's license in the purse, which also contained a substance suspected to be marijuana.

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Aili Nahas is the West Coast Deputy News Editor at PEOPLE. She is also the TV deputy in Los Angeles as well as the Weddings Editor. Aili has spent nearly two decades in the entertainment industry and 12 years at PEOPLE.

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