Kristy Althaus, runner-up in the Miss Colorado Teen USA 2012 pageant—one of the feeder pageants for Donald Trump's Miss Universe operation—seems to have lost her status as the second-best Colorado teen of 2012 after a porn video apparently featuring her emerged on the internet last week.
A tipster directed us to a video posted January 24 on the GirlsDoPorn.com website starring a woman who bears a strong resemblance to Althaus, the woman in red in the video above. On Tuesday, a longer clip from the video on imagepost.com identified its star as a "Miss Teen Colorado Runner Up." Both links are very NSFW; here is a screenshot:
In the video, a man who is off-camera asks the dark-haired star how old she is. "I'm 18," she replies.
"And this is definitely your first adult video?"
"Yes, it is," she says.
In that fall 2012 pageant, Althaus was one spot away from traveling to New York as her state's representative to the Miss Teen USA pageant—and she could vault into the national spotlight if, as the emcee said, the champion "is unable to fulfill her reign."
Yet the pageant producer spent much of Wednesday purging its website of any reference to Althaus among the winners and runners-up, as these before-and-after screenshots show:
Likewise, that video of Althaus in a low-cut red dress, getting her final anointment as runner-up to pageant winner Jacqueline Zuccherino, was scrubbed from the web Wednesday afternoon after Gawker inquired about the porn video. We managed to preserve the version above before it was removed from YouTube.
Was that purging done because of Althaus' alleged work in the adult video? We had hoped to put that question to Craig Heitkamp, co-owner of Future Productions, which produces the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA state pageant (as well as something called the "Beauty Is Power Seminar"), but he didn't respond to multiple requests for comment.
This is becoming something of a trend. Last year, Gawker reported that Miss Delaware Teen USA resigned amid claims she, too, had appeared in a pornographic video with the same outfit, GirlsDoPorn.
It's not even clear that such work would be against pageant rules. The Miss Teen USA and Miss USA pageants—which are part of the Trump-owned Miss Universe enterprise—don't generally publish any moral-conduct rules for the contestants and nominees, according to a New York-based representative, who added that the state competitions are essentially franchises that run their own operation and referred Gawker back to Heitkamp.
The Miss Teen USA website does note a few eligibility rules: Contestants "must not have ever been married" or had a child, and "titleholders are also required to remain single throughout their reign."
Gawker reached out to Althaus, who is now a college student, as well as several of her friends. It appears the secret is out; Althaus has deleted her Twitter account, while many of her classmates have taken to that medium to defend her against haters and prudes:
Though she didn't respond to Gawker's request for comment, some of Althaus' most recent tweets, from just before she deleted her account, were telling. "You have to do what's right for you, no one walks in your shoes," she wrote, at the beginning of the year.