Olivia Jordan says that everything is “OK” for Miss Oklahoma now that she has been crowned Miss USA 2015. While Jordan is all set to represent the United States for Miss Universe 2015, some beauty pageant fans question whether her nude movie scenes should disqualify her from competing based upon the standard contracts. But Jordan thinks that seeing Miss USA naked in a TV show is a “positive thing.”
In a related report by the Inquisitr, the new Miss USA 2015 has been featured in movies like Ted, Here Comes The Boom, Jobs, Sophie, Starving In Suburbia, 10.0 Earthquake, and Hot Tub Time Machine 2. According to pageantry fans, what the Miss Universe 2015 officials may consider questionable is Olivia Jordan’s nude scene in the TV series Murder In The First.
The reason for the controversy is that Jordan strips down to nothing but a green bra. During multiple scenes, she is completely naked from the chest down. The camera also lingers on her bare behind as she leans over.
When it comes to the Miss USA contract, you would presume this would be a problem since a requirement for becoming Miss USA 2015 asks all beauty queens whether they have “appeared, or agreed to appear, in any other television show or motion picture.” In addition, the contract stipulates that being “photographed in a state of partial or total nudity or in a lewd, compromising or sexually suggestive manner constitutes a violation of this provision.”
When Olivia Jordan spoke to the radio talk show hosts at 97 Rock, they asked why she is not in trouble already, so she provided an explanation for these nude scenes.
“It was something that I shared with them before – I had to make sure that I cleared with them and it was still on brand with what they are doing. I’m an actress and that was an acting role for a television show. I have no regrets about my decision.”
In response, the radio show hosts said, “We have no regrets at all… seeing your heiny.”
“Well, good,” said Olivia to laughter. “It was a great acting opportunity and, you know, if you look at all the actresses who have come before me, nudity is sometimes necessary to tell a story.”
At this point, the radio show hosts brought up the case of Vanessa Williams, who lost her Miss America crown after nude photos were leaked. They suggested the lack of an outcry over Olivia Jordan’s nude video was a “step toward openness,” which Miss USA 2015 agreed to readily.
“You know, I think we need to come into a time where we empower women and this was a choice I consciously made to take an acting role. I think that… I celebrate the female body and not everyone is going to support that or love that out of Miss USA but I think that’s a positive thing, I think we’re moving in a positive direction of acceptance. I think that we should accept people. Society is getting more understanding about what is real, what is real life. I think that acting is a reflection of what real life is.”
At this point, it remains to be seen whether the Miss Universe 2015 organizers would agree, but based upon their prior history it seems very likely. Back in 2010, multiple Miss Universe contestants were part of an official photo shoot which featured body paint and topless photos. When Miss Universe was criticized for this decision, this is how the organization responded.
“The contestants who compete at Miss Universe are diverse as they represent more than 82 countries around the globe. Many of their cultures embrace nudity,” a rep said in a statement at the time, according to Fox News. “These photos are a form of artistic expression for each contestant and we respect their desire to pose topless, or not. We feel the images captured are fashionable and cutting edge!”
Angie Meyer has worked with the Miss USA contestants and the organization for years, and she believes the trend toward open nudity is bad for the beauty pageant industry.
“It’s alarming that this has been turned into a playboy-esque masquerade,” Meyer said. “When you bring nudity into the equation, the pageant no longer becomes about the entire package of brains and beauty. Rather, the focus shifts to body image. The notion that ‘beauty’ embodies absolute physical perfection is a frightening slippery slope, and quite dangerous for young women around the world to adhere to.”
Do you think Olivia Jordan’s nude scenes push the boundary too far as Miss USA 2015?
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