Sometimes when it seems the whole world is laughing at you, the best option is to laugh along.
That is what Miss Utah USA Marissa Powell has done after her bumbling answer to a pageant question Sunday brought her Internet infamy.
Powell began her redemption tour Tuesday with an appearance on NBC's "The Today Show" to talk about her fumble of the question, and even to poke fun at her situation.
During a lead up to her interview, the cameras showed a live clip of her backstage prepping for her appearance by reading a copy of "The Economist" magazine.
The 21-year-old aspiring actress and model also had interviews and appearances on other television shows throughout the week, giving her more follow-up publicity than the pageant winner.
The now-infamous mishap began with a question from judge NeNe Leakes, who happens to be a star on the reality series "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."
She asked Powell: "A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?"
Powell answered: "I think we can relate this back to education, and how we are . . . continuing to try to strive to . . . figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem. And I think, especially the men are . . . um . . . seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to try to figure out how to create education better so we can solve this problem. Thank you."
Powell says she "started speaking without really processing."
When "The Today Show" host Matt Lauer gave her a second chance to answer, she said unequal pay "is not OK."
"It needs to be equal pay for equal work. It's hard enough already to earn a living, and it shouldn't be harder just because you're a woman."
We think the former volleyball player handled the pressure well, and was able to make light of her situation.
In doing so, she was able to make the most of an embarrassing episode.
Her initial flub didn't hurt her in the pageant, as she ended up placing third. However, her rebound has put her first in the eyes of many.
Who was crowned Miss USA anyway?