The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that 20-year-old Miss New Jersey USA Ashley Harder has resigned because she is pregnant. It is against the rules of the competition to compete while pregnant.
Ashley and her 28-year-old live in boyfriend, Gregg D’Antonio are expecting the baby this summer. The first runner-up Erin Abrahamson will take her place.
This is a new twist in the ever-growing number of scandals and resignations in the Miss USA Organization. Last month, Miss USA Tara Conner entered rehab for drinking. Meanwhile, Miss Nevada Katie Rees was dethroned after scandalous photos of her popped up over the Internet.
Ashley said, “This isn’t another scandal. This is a baby; this is a life.”
Good for her for pointing that out!