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Miss South Carolina's Second Chance

Miss South Carolina's Second Chance

Miss South Carolina, Lauren Caitlin Upton, tries to explain her nonsensical answer from the Miss Teen USA pageant, which has been viewed more than 2 million times.

Lauren is shown the footage of herself for the first time and explains she was nervous because it was her first time on National TV. She admitted on The Today Show, “I am nervous just sitting here, on national TV again. Everything did come at my once. I was overwhelmed and I made a mistake. Everybody makes mistake. I’m human.

“Right when the question was asked to me, I was in complete shock. I was overwhelmed that I seriously think I only heard one or two words of the actual question itself. I misunderstood and drew a blank.

“Looking back, I am sitting here laughing at myself because I feel like, ‘Is that really me?’ It’s like I’m not in my actual body… Let’s just go back in time and redo everything. [laughs] I am 18 and I believe that I’m a very strong person, very strong character, and my parents raised me very well.”

Today co-anchors Matt Lauer and Ann Curry tell Lauren that she shouldn’t worry as they flub on National TV all the time too. They even give her a second chance to redo answer the original question, which was “Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?”

Lauren‘s much more sensible, rehearsed answer was: “Well, personally, my friends and I, we know exactly where the United States is on our map. I don’t know anyone else who doesn’t. If the statistics are correct, there should be more emphasis in geography in our education, so people will be able to read maps better.”

As for her future? “My goal is to attend Appalachian State University, major in graphic design. Once graduated from there, go to L.A. and go into the International Academy of Design and Technology and major in special effects, learning to design special effects and movies and television.”

DOES MISS SOUTH CAROLINA even own a computer or a map?


Miss South Carolina‘s Second Chance – The Today Show, 8/28
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