Beauty pageant contestants often come with a squeaky-clean background and a heart for philanthropy. But a runner-up in Sunday's 2013 Miss USA contest may be a bad girl with some skeletons in her closet.
Stacie Juris, Miss Illinois and second runner-up in the competition, became a focus during Sunday’s pageant after photos surfaced of her: one of the 22-year-old bottomless in a Chicago Blackhawks jersey, another, her mug shot from a 2011 arrest.
On Thursday, Miss Connecticut Erin Brady, who went on to win the crown, posted a photo on Twitter of Juris and Miss Massachusetts, Sarah Kidd, wearing hockey jerseys without pants. The image of Juris wearing a Chicago Blackhawks jersey and Kidd in a Boston Bruins one was in honor of the ongoing Stanley Cup finals, with game 3 slated for Monday. The photo, taken in front of Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, stirred controversy and catapulted Juris into a worldwide trending topic over the weekend and through Monday.
But the scandalous photo isn't all. According to police records from the Orland Park Police Department, Juris was charged in April 2011 for retail theft after being busted with $288 worth of stolen clothing in her purse. However, the Orland Park Patch reported charges were later dropped for unspecified reasons. Still, the brunette beauty’s mug shot photo is touring the Internet.
Juris does have one honor under her belt, though: Aside from being named second-runner up in Sunday's Miss USA pageant, she was the winner of the Miss Illinois Teen USA 2009 pageant, making her the first ever former teen titleholder to compete in the Miss USA competition.
The 22-year-old is a junior at Columbia College in Chicago majoring in fashion business. Juris said she hopes to someday open her own dress boutique “specializing in prom, pageant and bridal gowns," according to her official pageant biography. Her chosen cause, to benefit children with life-threatening disease, is “very near to her heart because a close friend was diagnosed with the most severe type of lupus, nephritis, at only 16 years old."