Caroline Schwitzky: Porn and the Beauty Queen

Caroline Schwitzky is tall, slender, and naturally busty — not in that tired, out-all-night-on-Himmarshee kind of way. She has dark, playful eyes; coal-black eyebrows that somehow connote character; and olive skin. She's Peruvian and Brazilian, but you might guess she's of Indian descent. Simply put, she's the hot girlfriend from an '80s movie.

Schwitzky is certainly beautiful enough to be Miss Florida. But apparently she's just not sanitized enough.

In February, the saga of this 21-year-old beauty-pageant exile made headlines from Shanghai to Brisbane. She forfeited a Miss Weston title — and a shot at the statewide crown — amid online death threats and brutal name-calling from a pageant honcho, she says. Her crime: She had previously rocked a sash reading "Miss Exxxotica," her award for conquering a pageant at a porn convention.

She's still bitter. "They want to call me a whore for wearing a thong at a porn convention," she says, "but when we're wearing bikinis onstage at a pageant, they always make sure we turn around so that the judges can see our asses."

She also takes a power saw to the moral pedestal of nemesis Grant Gravitt Jr., executive producer and director of Tel-Air Interests. The Hollywood-based outfit is the 50-year-old production company that runs the Miss Florida Pageant. As word of the Miss Exxxotica win spread and letters of complaint poured into the Tel-Air offices in late February, Schwitzky contends, Gravitt called and menacingly urged her to resign. "You've done things in your past that are really disgusting," he allegedly said. "If I don't do something about it, people are going to ask, 'Why did I leave a whore with the title?' "

(Her manager, 37-year-old Charlie Diaz, says he was with Schwitzky for the speakerphone conversation and confirms that Gravitt called her a whore several times: "It was insane, bro.")

Reached at his office, Gravitt denies saying whore ever in his life. "I did not cause this situation," the short and tan 48-year-old scoffs. "She was Miss Exxxotica with three x's; that's her issue."

Schwitzky calls Gravitt — who stands to inherit Tel-Air from his father, the company's founder — a "daddy's-boy pothead."

Asked if he tokes ganja, Gravitt is stunned: "That's libel territory."

Except that in 1995, one Grant H. Gravitt Jr. — then 33 — was cuffed in Miami Beach for possession of marijuana. He initially denied the arrest and then protested that the case "was sealed." Turns out the charge was dropped after he entered a deferred prosecution program.

Additionally, the royal family of Florida pageantry has a pattern of landing in court for allegedly not paying bills. In 1996, collection agency Barnett Recovery Corp. won a $2,200 judgment against Gravitt Jr. in a case that has since been mostly destroyed. The Gravitts and their firm have been named as defendants in four other cases for contract indebtedness or property foreclosures. In 2003, Tel-Air even received a warning from the state after a check renewing its business license was returned for insufficient funds.

The younger Gravitt bristles when the character of the family business is called into question. "We're family, apple pie," he protests. "We've been in business since 1960, and that's because everything we do is aboveboard."

But if we're comparing all-American pedigrees, Schwitzky might win again. Unlike most beauty queens, she wasn't raised in the Toddlers & Tiaras world of children's pageants. The daughter of Peruvian and Brazilian immigrants moved to Miami Lakes with her family when she was 11. Her dad, Valmir, works for Miami-Dade Water & Sewer, and her mom, Elizabeth, delivers mail for the post office.

The opposite of her bookish younger sister, Gabriela, Caroline Schwitzky has always been addicted to admiration. "I have pictures of her when she's 3 years old, wearing makeup in front of the mirror," her mother says. "That's what makes her happy."

After her parents divorced in 2003, modeling became an obsession for Caroline, who attended Hialeah-Miami Lakes High but was never very interested in studies. At 16, she began donning bikinis for department-store ads without her mother's permission.

Such a path can lead to only one place: a porn convention. At 18, Schwitzky made a pilgrimage to New York City and entered the 2008 Exxxotica Expo's pageant. The contest is relatively staid considering the setting: The girls wear G-strings and tiny bikini tops. Though bending over slowly with one's rump to the audience is encouraged, there is no nudity.

Schwitzky vanquished her opponents and took home the $2,000 prize before returning home to gingerly explain the victory to her mother. The next year, Schwitzky won another sash: that of Miss March Hardbody, bequeathed by 305HipHop.com, an honor for which her bare chest was painted with the website's logo.

Schwitzky regrets the dubious pageantry — sort of. "I made mistakes when I was young. So what? We're in Miami, for God's sake."

Worried about her daughter's future, Elizabeth Schwitzky began dragging Caroline to the Baptist Potential Church in Fort Lauderdale, where Pastor Troy Gramling wears jeans, sermonizes with an accompanying rock band, and sends out holy Tweets.

Every Sunday, Mom says, Caroline was so moved that she would sob and run from the church. In July 2010, Gramling baptized Caroline in a hot tub. "[The Lord] wiped me clean as snow," Schwitzky explains, "and told me that all your sins and all your mistakes are done."

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SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Personally I cant stand beauty pageants and think there are much better things to do with ones life than to be exploited in such a way.That being said, this guy is a putz. Who cares what she has done in her past? And calling her a whore is completely unnecessary and uncalled for. I heard something about this on my very short visits to FOX news and I had figured there was a LOT more to the story. It turns out she never did any nude modeling. If I was her I would sue the pants off the collective mental midgets at FOX (Orielly in particular) and Gravitt for defamation and libel. Time to take some starch out of those holier than thou pants.

 
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