Blair Griffith, homeless Miss Colorado, defeated by fembots at Miss USA pageant (VIDEO)

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Blair Griffith.
Blair Griffith, the Miss Colorado winner who wound up homeless, was featured on 20/20 Friday night following previous PR on the Today show -- so she seemed a lock to seriously compete for the crown at last night's Miss USA pageant. But no: She didn't even make the sixteen-person quarter-finals, falling short to a parade of interchangeable rivals who seemed straight off the Mattel assembly line. Was she too real for the Donald Trump-owned spectacle?

Could be. As this ABC wrap-up points out, contestants still gun shy following the 2009 controversy involving Carrie Prejean, who spoke out against gay marriage on that year's broadcast, erred on the side of blandness. Note the response offered by Miss California Alyssa Campanella, the eventual winner, on the subject of medical marijuana: "I understand why that question would be asked, especially with today's economy, but I also understand that medical marijuana is very important to help those who need it medically... I'm not sure if it should be legalized, if it would really affect, with the drug war. I mean, it's abused today, unfortunately, so that's the only reason why I would kind of be a little bit against it, but medically it's OK."

The pageant as a whole seemed just as cautious -- more concerned with not making a misstep than demonstrating the slightest 21st century relevance. Hence, Griffith, among the least plasticine of the women who paraded across the Las Vegas stage, was doomed. But she's still got a lot better chance to use her Miss USA platform in interesting ways than do the majority of contestants chosen ahead of her.

Look below to see a portion of the 20/20 segment, followed by a clip of Campanella getting crowned.

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Duckykittn
Duckykittn

I have a really hard time feeling sorry for the beauty queen. She probably spent thousands and thousands of dollars on dresses, coaches, make-up, jewelry, consultants, entry fees, etc. just to get to the level to even compete for the title. If her mom had failing health and couldn't pay her bills, then lil' miss queen should have spent more time getting a real job and helping take care of her mother. Pageants teach women that the prettier you are the more likely people will just give you stuff. Watched Toddlers & Tiaras, and there was a 5 year old who had already won 2 cars.WTF? And that was only after her parents had paid literally thousands of dollars for her to compete.

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Duckykittn, Your compassion speaks volumes especially when you have NO idea what you're even talking about. As Vinay Bhola stated maybe if you'd taken the time to "read the whole story" and do some "thorough research" as well you'd have know better before posting such lame comments. Amazing how we can 'judge' without really knowing all the 'facts' huh, praise the Lord you're NOT in her shoes though right?When old man trouble comes knocking at your door (and almost knocks it down), or should you (or someone you know or love) happen to fall on really hard times, then lets see how much compassion you'd like others to have in those circumstances. "There but for the grace of God go ALL of us". PLEASE get a grip and a life as well?

Vinay Bhola
Vinay Bhola

Actually if you watched her interview instead of just badgering her you would know that she did have a job at Saks Fifth Avenue until the store shut down and it was not her mother's health that failed it was her father's who unfortunately died from it leaving the family in financial ruin because their insurance plan cancelled on them.Her mother in fact kept it a secret from her until they were one day evicted from their home. She entered the several competitions by chance and lost several times until she won Miss. Colorado. All that make up, dresses, clothes, etc. were donated to her by designers who felt sorry for her. If you watched the interview she even says she did have to pay a dime for any of those items. Next time before making a comment on anything do a little research or at least look at the video posted on the page...

aspee
aspee

Her first pageant She spent nothing but the entry fee and the cost of a $20 dress. For Miss USA sponsors paid for her clothes and jewelry. Watch the 20/20 interview

Fiona
Fiona

Ducky, actually learning the story before weighing in helps.

Mssoonermagic
Mssoonermagic

While I'm not a fan of the Miss USA pageant, find this piece very judgemental and shallow.  First, Miss Griffith isn't any more real than the rest of these young women just because she's having to live with friends.  Maybe, just maybe all of this publicity around her situation was an attempt to push her into the win based on this situation.  You don't know who these girls really are and their "realness" because it wasn't on 20/20.  I saw young women who had 4.0 grade point averages and better from top Universities.  Scholary achievement was a choice they made through hard work.  Homeless happened to Miss Griffith because of poor decisions that were made on her behalf by her mother.  I contend that what she does with that situation still can be a shining example to other people, but you do not know these other women well enough to call them plastic.  I will say, that Miss Texas answered here question like a pro (don't particulary like Texas and can't remember the subject of her question).  And, Miss Tennessee not only gave a terrible answer, but the way she answered it was very unpolished and immature.  So, while I won't judge Miss Texas a better human and more worthy than Miss Tennessee, I will say all we have to judge is "the presentation" or "performance" on the stage, so I'm not sure what they are looking for.

Mindakitten
Mindakitten

Her father had colon cancer and left the family with medical bills they couldn't pay, Griffith lost her job bc saks fifth ave closed, and shortly after her mother had a heart attack, but SURE, it is all her mothers fault they are homeless, it appears to me, that you're just heartless to say this

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Mssoonermagic, Thanks so very much for your seriously misguided and awfully flawed comments, which proves that without thoroughly "researching" you really can have your head too far up your backside. Turns out the story "was true", but I applaud her for giving it a try anyway. Labeling and preconceived notions will only get us but so far in this life, but I thank God that baseless opinions like yours really don't matter in the scheme of things. Kudos to you Ms. Griffith and may you continue to push on and receive the best in the near future.

Vinay Bhola
Vinay Bhola

Yes her mother could of easily stopped Miss. Colorado's father from dying or should of pleaded with her husband's insurance company from to not drop them. Or maybe the Saks Fifth Avenue Blair worked at should of not closed by down her mom could of easily stopped that right? Seriously. I appreciate the begging part of your passage with the entire we do not know any of these girls and I agree. We don't. We do not know any of their struggles or any or their personal stories.

Kimberly
Kimberly

Not sure how her mom's deteriorating health could be considered a "poor decision on behalf of her mother" unless you're implying that the mom should have known better than to get sick, but oh well....

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Appreciate your point and your post, Mssoonermagic. Thanks for weighing in.

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