Caroline Schwitzky: Porn and the beauty queen

Caroline Schwitzky is tall, slender, and naturally busty — not in that tired, Miami put-an-eye-out-on-biscayne-boulevard 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.

Dethroned beauty queen Caroline Schwitzky takes criticism in stride.
Michael McElroy
Dethroned beauty queen Caroline Schwitzky takes criticism in stride.
Michael McElroy

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 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 age 33 — was cuffed in Miami Beach for possession of marijuana. He initially denied the arrest and then protested 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 Corporation won a $2,200 judgment against Gravitt Jr. in a case that has been mostly destroyed. Since then, 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 Schwitzky, who attended Hialeah-Miami Lakes High but was never very interested in studies. At age 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 age 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 slowly bending over 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, Pastor 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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Missvpadilla
Missvpadilla

Carolina Schwitzky is getting everything she wants and has planned for. No one has the right to judge however, when you are putting yourself out there and sell all you are and have for fame well you know exactly what it is you're getting into and what you've signed up for. Everything this young woman has done is very calculated. Let's move on....

livela
livela

I am a former Miss Florida USA contestant. Although I do not agree with the way this girl has portrayed herself in the past, I do believe everyone deserves a second chance. However, rules are rules and if the pageant organization has set a few, then they must be followed. On the other hand, there is nobody more dishonest, immoral and vicious than Grant Gravitt Jr. We (contestants) always discussed this and we found out so many dirty things behind the pageant. Things that were promised to some of us in exchange for this or that, people being overcharged for entry fees while others competed for free, judges who return every year to once again crown the winner (judges should be different every year), judges who are intimate friends of Grant (therefore influenced by his choices), lies, and more. Grant's character (or lack of) is known by all. The pageant is a great opportunity but it'd be much better if Grant wasn't in the picture.

queenbee
queenbee

She wouldn't have gotten far in the pageant anyway,as she is not that pretty, but when does Florida USA ever crown the most beautiful? They had a gorgeous blue eyed blonde get first runner up one year, and sent a girl who didn't even make the top 15 at nationals. Lisette is one of the few that I have agreed with winning. She looks like a dude in drag, should count her blessings she even got a "soft core porn" title.

Draconius
Draconius

I am very surprised bhe Neanderthals that are posting here -- oh wait, I just insulted the Neanderthals.

Draconius
Draconius

That Gravitt character is simply a hypocritical jerk. For what it's worth, I think she would've been more interesting than all the other contestants combined -- and prettier too! Hello -- we're not in Kansas anymore, Toto... I say the whole beauty pageant concept needs to move ahead into the gritty realities of the 21st Century.

bigriggs
bigriggs

Nobody wants a whore as a beauty winner anyway.....

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Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet
Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

It's only a pageant. Not exactly a bucket full of brains. It's just a display of how far we have diverged from the apes.

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Georgesandi
Georgesandi

love it. who cares about what she did in the past? what really needs to be looked at closer is this pageant and the guy in charge. No way to treat a woman. Period. the guy has been arrested and obviously has had issues with honesty and this is the guy managing your daughters? she's lucky she didnt have to deal with him longer than she did.

A Lareau
A Lareau

Are we still going on about this chick? Please, you should have given HER a drug test. She's as big a "ganga" smoker as they come. Just check her many facebook postings about it...

Tiff
Tiff

Everyone knows Grant Gravitt Jr. is a horrible person. Not the first time this has happened. Wish other girls would step up and tell their stories too. He's the least indicated person to direct a pageant for young girls

C-MO
C-MO

Its all good Glue. Just stay like the Wind Glue. No man can hold the wind or even know from where it came or is going. You may have done somethings in the past but many are the afflictions of a believer but the lord delivers them out of them all. Keep on pushing for your dreams and understand that all the dirt that people throw on you justs gives you a higher ground and also digs a ditch for all those who throw dirt. Stay blessed my friend and never quit

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Tati
Tati

Im glad she was able to get her story out. Hope everything works out for you. xo- tati

CharlieDangelo
CharlieDangelo

I am so proud of you, Caroline Schwitzky for keeping your cool and slapping this non-sense experience in the ass...............YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WHOS GOT THIS......................Caroline’s got this...GOD HAS A PLAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Nadabaybee
Nadabaybee

She should have been able to keep her crown. The media is insanely hypocritical. She is just trying to make it in a gross industry. too bad girl keep yo head up!

ridiculous.
ridiculous.

Judged unfairly? Hardly. She's totally full of herself and even back in high school was a whore screwing around with other people's boyfriends... This is nothing but a publicity act for her and a pathetic one at that.

CR
CR

Seriously...who gives a shit..hundreds of hoochies like her in Miami.

Missvpadilla
Missvpadilla

i'm not quite understanding your comments regarding a "gorgeous blue eyed blonde getting 1st runner up" is it that this is what your epitome of beauty is? if so, you are entitled to your own opinion however, in any pageant there should be various shades of beauty to reflect and represent what ever country it's held in. I'm not a fan of Ms. Schwitzky, however, she is an attractive woman just like I'm sure all the contestants possess some sort of beauty in their own way.

Draconius
Draconius

You're missing the entire point, pal -- the real whore is that manager dude.

Draconius
Draconius

Not all that far, apparently...

J Curwen
J Curwen

Like smoking some weed is the worst thing in the world? Go fuck yourself.

Teresa Garcia
Teresa Garcia

Is safe to assume you have accomplished nothing with your life and are only envious of those who pushed on be more than just an average joe!! In regards to your comment of her "screwing around with other peoples boyfriend," Caroline has always been an attractive girl therefore she always gotten attention from the opposite sex. I been her best friend for years I a can vouch that she is a woman of god. My advice to you is maybe you should focus all that negative attitude in doing something productive with your life.

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bigriggs
bigriggs

No, my point is who would want somebody proud of a porn pageant title possibly representing the state of Florida for a national pageant.....

A Lareau
A Lareau

lol She talks about Gavitt's pot use which is why I mentioned her habit, not to mention her picture which reads "Miss Hypocrite" as she holds the weed... And if she wants to be Miss (any city, state, or country), then she will have to get used to being reprimanded for being a snotty whore and engaging in illegal activities. And her persistence of trying to be in the public eye is the worst thing in the world she could do. I'll ignore your last statment as it's clear your intelligence is equal to that of Ms. Schwitzky.

A Lareau
A Lareau

LOL @ Woman of God. How many times can you be a Born Again Christian? And would Jesus really smoke weed, show his ass for cash, and post it all on facebook?Teresa, you are being lied to. Get a hair sample and that alone will tell you the last time she smoked weed. LOL

Whofarted
Whofarted

Woman of God now; maybe a whore in the past. You may have confirmed that. Just because she got a lot of attention doesn't mean she had to follow up on it all the time.

A Lareau
A Lareau

That's funny. Your name is not appropriate since you are apparently not of Draconian intelligence. Who said I was a man? LOL

Draconius
Draconius

Oh please, get down off your high horse, Mr. Goody Two Shoes... talk about snotty brats, you sound like the king of them all. May I direct you to a watch a male review type of pageant instead? It probably would be of more interest to you.

Draconius
Draconius

It takes one to know one, mister. are you Grant's brother by any chance? Why don't you crawl back into the mousehole where you came from, you pathetic, sniveling moron?

 
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