Is the former beauty queen who was discovered starring in a porn video finally commenting on the experience? Back in February, King was caught in a sex tape scandal that resulted in her losing her crown. King, 19, is currently attending the University of Arkansas where she is majoring in journalism and otherwise doing things typical of a young college student: studying, going to football games and posting photos on social media sites like Instagram. One of the photos she recently posted on her public Instagram page is being interpreted as a joke referencing the porn tape that lost King her crown. The photo shows King covered with white icing on her face.
Yet, is there not inherent hypocrisy in pageants that reward contestants on the basis of their physical attractiveness, and then denounce them for capitalizing on their sexual appeal through nude photographs or porn? What is the difference between making money by walking a runway in a skimpy bathing suit on national television, and posing nude for Penthouse? There is a thin line between what constitutes acceptable sexual objectification and unacceptable exploitation of that sexual appeal. Supporters of beauty pageants often cite two major arguments when defending the obligatory morality of contestants. One rationale is that the women who win these contests are supposed to be role models for young girls.
TMZ has hosted an excerpt from the video, where a woman who looks similar to King admits to having participated in beauty contests and having a March birthday - the same as King. King has denied being the woman featured in the video, despite the similarity in appearance and voice. Runner-up Hailey Lawler has been approached to replace King as the new beauty queen. King has retweeted several messages on Twitter that appear to address the situation. Let them be happy," she said.