Utah Pageant Winner Accused of Throwing Bombs

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Gill topped a slate of nine beauty contestants earlier this summer, showing off her years of piano training with a Scott Joplin number and taking home a $2,000 scholarship.

As part of her platform, “Fit to be You,” she planned to establish workout groups and encourage healthy body image, the South Valley Journal reported shortly after the pageant.

“You don’t have to look just a certain way,” Gill was quoted as saying. “It’s about being healthy and happy.”

Before competing in a local pageant, contestants sign a contract certifying they’ve never been convicted of a crime and have no pending charges against them. If circumstances change after the contract is signed, pageant officials have the right to revoke a contestant’s title.

Riverton pageant officials were expected to issue a decision in Gill’s case Monday, according to Justi Lundeberg, a spokeswoman for the Miss Utah pageant.

The Miss America Organization “requires a lot of these young women — that they’re living a good life, a clean life,” Lundeberg said, adding that she hoped the incident was a misunderstanding. “This is such an unfortunate event. We haven’t had to deal with this before.”

About 40,000 people live in Riverton, which is 20 miles south of Salt Lake City.

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