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Teen Beauty Queen Olivia O'Neil Loses Title For Dyeing Her Hair. Have Pageants Gone Too Far?

By ToniFitz76 |

olivia oneilWe teach our kids the importance of honesty and being true to yourself, but those traits did not pay for teen beauty queen Olivia O’Neil. The 15-year-old  New Zealander was stripped of her Miss Teen Wanganui title after just a three-month reign because she committed the terrible sin of dyeing her hair.

That’s right, it wasn’t drinking or cheating or any other scandalous behavior that cost her the title. Rather it was thinking for herself and experimenting with a new look.

Child beauty pageants are a controversial area to begin with. Many people don’t think kids should be allowed to participate in them, because of the rampant stage momism and potentially blows to their self-esteem. I think Miss Teen Wangunui just proved them right.

Now Olivia is talking about the tantrums and trouble behind the scenes at the pageant, supported by her parents. So what happened and what does she look like now?

olivia oneilIt all started when Olivia posted a picture of herself on her Facebook page with brown hair. She’d won the pageant as a blonde.

“Is that a wig?” asked pageant organizer Barbara Osborne on her page. Olivia said it was not and added, in true teen fashion, that if her new hair was not “pageant worthy,” perhaps she herself was not a pageant girl.

Osborne called her bluff and said if she had that attitude, Olivia had better hand over that crown right now so the committee could give it to someone with manners. She also warned Olivia she would “not go far in this world.”

Olivia was outraged, but rather than seethe in silence, she publicized Osborne’s comments and told a local newspaper that the girls in the pageant had been criticized for their appearance, yelled at, told to do sit-ups, and ordered to wear more makeup. Her father confirmed this and said such treatment was unfair.

Though Osborne has since been removed from the beauty pageant’s board, Olivia is not getting her crown back. Still, it seems she maintained her self-esteem, which is more than can probably be said of some of her competitors.


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Toni Fitzgerald has two children, a husband and a cat. She was a contributor for the Babble Famecrawler blog, and currently works for MediaLife Magazine.

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6 thoughts on “Teen Beauty Queen Olivia O'Neil Loses Title For Dyeing Her Hair. Have Pageants Gone Too Far?

  1. Robert Green-MacDonald says:

    Olivia O’Neil good on you …In 1938 in Germany there was a man that said Only blonde blue eyed people are worth while…Yet he had DARK HAIR AND BROWN EYES ADOLF HITLER

  2. angel says:

    Olivia, you are an absolutely beautiful young lady who tinks for herself and stands her ground. that alone will take you farther in life than any crown.

  3. Olivia O'Neil :) says:

    Thanks for your support guys :)

  4. Marc says:

    Olivia you are so beautiful girl you just like an angel no mattar what your hear looks you are still so cool and remember those who are blind of mind cant see anything even though they have open eyes.

  5. Nadine says:

    I don’t think it had anything to do with being a blonde – I think the organisers wanted the winner to remain with title as she won it. In mu opinion it was wrong of the girl to change her appearance because she won the title based upon a certain look and attitude, she should have of told the organisers at bare minimum but I don’t think Olivia has the maturity to understand that. What the organiser told her was not good in anyone’s books however that is no excuse for the shoddy rough riding job that is going on now. To make things worse – the O’Neils then enlisted the help of a racist, womanising Mayor who got kicked out of national politics for questionable practises. I think this is appalling. Both the O’Neils and the Osbournes should grow up and act like adults. It may worth listing as well that the ONeils campaign to have Barbara Osbourne publicly flogged has worked despite the Osbournes other good works.

  6. Patricia Davis says:

    Actually, Herr Hitler had blue eyes. But I think the people behind these events have their ideals. If the winner cannot stick to these ideals, then it’s best to
    NOT ENTER them. Let someone else who is willing to keep to these ideals, win. It’s like the winners automatically want to break the rules. I don’t get it, there are thousands of beautiful young ladies that would keep to the rules. So, step down then, and let the runner-up wear this crown. Please don’t be like the one in San Antonio, Texas who is trying to make a racial issue out of it. If she couldn’t act like a “queen”, then step down. Remember, there will ALWAYS be someone younger, prettier, thinner and willing to stick to the rules. Hell, it’s only for one year.

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