Donald Trump irked at Salahi's Miss USA claims
Add this to the growing list of reasons NBC Universal might want to hold off on splashing Michaele and Tareq Salahi all over their Bravo network's new reality series "Real Housewives of DC."
Donald Trump, who owns the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants with NBC Universal, has learned the couple submitted pictures for a December 2008 article in a polo magazine identifying Michaele Salahi as a "former Miss USA."
No record exists of her winning that beauty crown,The Post's Neely Tucker reported Friday.
And Trump takes a very dim view of women who pretend to be winners of his beauty pageants.
"She couldn't have been a former Miss USA if she'd tried," Trump told The TV Column Friday.
We wondered why that was.
"Because she doesn't' have It ," he responded.
"Generally speaking," he explained, "you can look at [imposters] and say 'no way'" because actual winners are "all very beautiful."
"This is disgusting," Trump said when he learned of the Salahi Miss Universe ruse. He also called it an affront to all the women who work so hard through the "huge process" it takes to become Miss USA.
"This tells us they are total phonies," he said of the Salahis.
Trump said his people "come down very hard" on anyone who tries to pass themselves off as a winner of one of his pageants, in order to protect the franchise.
Friday afternoon, the president of the Miss Universe Organization, Paula Shugart called and told told The TV Column that yes, in fact, they are investigating Michaele Salahis.
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