Samara was crowned Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2012. “I had tears of joy when I won the pageant. It was so exciting. My dream was coming true.” She says by winning the title, she secured a spot to compete in the national competition Miss Teen USA.
Three days after she won the crown, Samara says everything came crashing down. She says her best friend, Tosha, and two other classmates emailed compromising photos of her to the pageant director, including a topless photo that she claims she had texted to her ex-boyfriend, months before the pageant, while they were still together. Samara says the other photos — one where she appeared to be drinking and another with marijuana were taken from her Facebook page. “I think they were motivated because they were jealous that I won,” she says. Because of the controversy, she says she was given two options by pageant officials: resign or get fired. “I chose to resign,” she says, adding that she lost the prizes along with the crown. “Tosha ruined my life, she ruined my pageant career and I can never compete again. I felt like I was blindsided by the people who I thought I trusted.”
Tosha says she got the topless photo of Samara from a friend, who received it from Samara’s ex-boyfriend. "We got the photos together, wrote up a very legit letter, and made up a fake e-mail address so that we couldn't be traced back. I used one of my friends' computers and went to the motel and sent out the letter from their wi-fi, thinking that we couldn't be traced." She says she signed the e-mail with the name of a girl at school, whom Samara did not like. Two girls whose boyfriends Samara had slept with, had written the letter and got the photos together and Tosha had sent the email that said: “I would hate to see your program be so poorly represented because of the poor role model that Miss Samara Ham is. Do you want someone with that set of morals and ethics representing you and your pageant system? I personally would not and I am ashamed to have a young woman of such poor character representing my city and my state.”
"She's over here acting like you can be a beauty queen and still get messed up and sleep around and still have kids look up to you. I'm a mother, I wouldn't want my daughter to look up to her. When she lost her crown, I was happy. Karma's a bitch, and she got what she deserved." said Tosha.
Samara’s sister, Suway, tells Tosha, “If I could, I would whoop your ass.”
Dr. Phil warns Tosha that she could be charged with child pornography since Samara was 17 in those photos, so she should make amends with Samara. He also tells Tosha that there’s no statute of limitations on distributing child pornography. He tells Samara to get on with her life and not put Tosha’s kids in foster care. He also tells Samara that her life is not ruined, that she shouldn’t let Tosha and what happened define her.