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City Asks: Miss Beverly Hills Who?

A no-name beauty queen from Pasadena appears to be using her self-appointed title of  “Miss Beverly Hills” and her public opposition to gay marriage as a way to earn her 15 minutes of fame.

Lauren Ashley, a 23-year-old contestant in the 2011 Miss California USA pageant, has made recent headlines for her opposition to gay marriage under the title of “Miss Beverly Hills.”

But Beverly Hills states Ashley does not represent the City in any capacity.

 “The City of Beverly Hills does not sponsor a beauty pageant and has no association with Miss California USA; As such, there should be no individual claiming the title of Miss Beverly Hills,” said Beverly Hills Spokeswoman Cheryl Burnett.  

It appears, however, contestants in the pageant can wear a sash from any City, despite consent or connection.

California is an “open pageant state” which means contestants in the pageant are allowed to choose whatever location they would like to represent after they are screened and selected to participate, states Keith Lewis of K2 Productions who produces Miss California USA.

 “We are a prestigious pageant, it’s not like these are 6-year-old girls running around with five-foot tall trophies,” said Lewis.  

Beverly Hills states they have contacted pageant officials to determine ways to formally prevent any beauty contestants claiming the title of Miss Beverly Hills in the future.

“The City Council was shocked,” said Mayor Nancy Krasne.

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