Elyse Umemoto Photos Spark Latest Beauty Queen Scandal

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I'm thrilled. I get my life back. No more shopping, no more stressing about interviews.

-- Elyse Umemoto, following her third place finish at the 2008 Miss America Pageant.

Somewhere between this quote - which was given around January - and this week, Umemoto must have decided that she actually doesn't want the life of a random beauty queen back.

Instead, she wants to follow in the scandalous footsteps of Amanda Polumbo, Tara Conner, Katie Rees and Valerie Begue - all pageant contestants that have become better known for snorting cocaine, feeling up female friends and posing like Jesus.

Why else would a series of photos depicting Elyse Umemoto behaving badly all of a sudden appear on the Internet? Here's an example:

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One of several Elyse Umemoto pictures that Miss Washington officials are less than thrilled about.

Miss Washington Executive Field Director Mike Miller told celebrity gossip site TMZ the organization is "embarrassed."

Follow this article's jump now to see what he said in a statement, along with many other Elyse Umemoto pictures...

The pageant representative's statement reads:

Elyse Umemoto is an outstanding young woman and has been a brilliant representative for the Miss Washington Scholarship Organization. We continue to be very proud of her... It is unfortunate that her behavior in unguarded moments has attracted attention.

We do not condone the behaviors depicted in these photos. However, there will be no discipline for Elyse based on the behavior evidenced in the photos.

Click on the following thumbnails now to see up close versions of the photos in question...

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I disagree on one point, cosmo. I'm afraid we're going to have to eat the horses.

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I don't know which is more reprehensible: Ms. Unemoto's dispicable display of poor judgement, or the inexplicable attempt to excuse her behavior by the pageant saying it was an "unguarded momement". Hello-o-o-o-o....if that is how she behaves, particularly wearing the crown representing the state of Washington, WHAT are pageant officials thinking??!?

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The general public don't really care. It's not like she posed nude or anything. Personally, I'd like to see more poking around in the closests of the self-righteous. Now that would make for some juicy news!

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Dragon, You are the type of person who made her ancestors leave Japan. You are the worst type of racist and sexist, and I'm ashamed of people like you polluting my country.

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SHE IS A GREAT PERSON IF YOU HAVE EVER MET HER YOU WOULD KNOW THAT... I'VE BEEN TO THE PAGEANTS SHE BEEN IN AND TALKED TO HER AFTER AND SHE IS ONE OF THE NICEST PEOPLE I HAVE MET. SO SHE MADE A MISTAKE.. EVERONE DOES..THERE IS NOT A PERSON IN THE WORLD THAT CAN SAY THEY NEVER MADE A MISTAKE... SO HOW ABOUT THEM APPLES.... LOL KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK Elyse.....ILY

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She is really whitewashed. All you see is her acting wild and hanging with a bunch of white guys.

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this is 1st grade. worrying about dribble like these pics when we are a couple years from wearing loin cloths and riding horses again diminishes my hope for all of us.

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Those have to be the tamest "scandal" photos I've ever, ever seen. My god, pageant queens are human beings! What will we tell the children? But yeah, take off the tiara during beer pong. Everyone knows beer pong goes with ermine, not rhinestones.