Thanks to the Fullmanator for finding this and bringing up something I’ve been so desperately trying to forget, and to whomever took the time to use an old fashioned camcorder to record their TV and convert it to a digital format. This is a moment that I will cherish for the rest of my life, all when I knew I wasn’t going to win the title of Miss USA 2001. I haven’t ever watched it until it was pointed out to me that it’s on YouTube. Now, you too can witness how I flubbed the world’s stupidest pageant question. Remember, you only get 30 seconds to answer! (I didn’t know it was going to be an essay question.)
Yeah, I wish I had handled it differently or had the question “How is your mom an influence in your life?”, but I didn’t. So, I attempted to redeem myself with honesty. I don’t watch sports, at all, really. I’m an artist. Ask me about that. I wonder how many of those girls know anything about 3 letter acronyms.
I knew it was over when I had this strange “out of body” experience, when I could hear myself talking and all of a sudden I forgot what the question was, and realized I had no idea what the question was about in the first place. I just kept asking myself, did he ask me about sports or the media? I even muttered “Here it goes” acknowledging I just messed up. I got really worried when Martha Stewart had this crazy scrunched-up look on her face. Yeah, I knew it was over. I would have been shocked had my name been called to go to the next round. I finished 4th runner up.
Strangely enough, the year after I competed the format was changed and they now choose a winner from the top 5 and the questions are more open ended and conversational. I’m going to say what I always say, even though it sounds cliché. Everything happens for a reason and I would not be where I am now had I gotten a question I could have answered. I’m glad I didn’t win. I got to be me, Larissa Meek the artist, not another Miss USA.