Marissa Powell, Miss Utah, Delivers Cringe-Worthy Answer in Miss USA Final Round

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Miss Utah Marissa Powell stumbled over her words in response to a question about women's wages late in Sunday night’s Miss USA 2013 pageant.

Powell's awkwardly-phrased goal “to create education better” made for the viral clip of the night. See her take on the thought-provoking issue below:

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes asked:

“A recent report shows that in 40% of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does it say about society?”

Powell's response?

“I think we can relate this back to education and how we are continuing to try to strive to ... figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem."

"I think especially men are seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to try to figure out how to create education better so that we can solve this problem. Thank you.”


Despite not turning in her best effort there, Powell finished as third runner-up, not a bad showing out of 51 competitors at the annual event on NBC.

Miss Connecticut Erin Brady took home the crown.