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Miss Utah botches income inequality question (video)

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Jun 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-17 12:10:56-04

LAS VEGAS – A Miss USA contestant’s answer went viral after she made a major flub when asked a question about income inequality during Sunday night’s pageant.

Reality TV star Nene Leakes, who was serving as a judge, asked, “A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men.  What does this say about society?”

Miss Utah Marissa Powell’s answer with riddled with awkward pauses, incoherent sentence fragments and a smile that said more than her entire response.

Miss Connecticut Erin Brady won the pageant after answering a question about the Supreme Court’s upholding widespread DNA tests.

It was reminiscent of another uncomfortable moment on the Miss Teen USA pageant in 2007, when Miss South Carolina struggled to answer her question about education in America.