Rebekah Revels, 2002 News
beauty queen, was denied a chance to participate in September's Miss America Pageant. Revels had won the Miss North Carolina title in June but resigned after a former boyfriend notified pageant officials that he had a topless photo of her, evidence of “dishonest, immoral, and indecent behavior,” which is prohibited by pageant rules. Misty Clymer, the runner-up in the state contest, thus inherited the crown. Revels changed her mind, however, and sued to regain the title. (Each state's pageant winner receives an invitation to participate in the national event.) In September a federal judge ruled that Miss America officials were not obligated to reinstate Revels as a contestant.