Pageant queens of controversy: Miss USA, Miss Colombia and Miss Australia confidently strut their stuff in the Miss Universe swimsuit competition – hours after being slammed for publicly mocking non-English speaking contestants.
Miss USA, Miss Australia, and Miss Colombia looked confident as they strutted down the runway during the Miss Universe preliminary swimsuit competition after being accused of xenophobia for mocking contestants who don’t speak English at the pageant, where 94 nationalities are represented.
Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers, 24, has been compared to Mean Girls villain Regina George after she was filmed calling out Miss Cambodia Rern Sinat and Miss Vietnam H’Hen Nie in an Instagram Live session on Miss Colombia Valeria Morales’ account.
Miss Colombia, 20, and Miss Australia Francesca Hung, 24, were both took part in the conversation, and the international backlash has been swift, with the competition just days away
But despite the controversy, all three women managed to plaster bright smiles on their faces as they took the stage at during the preliminary round in Bangkok, Thailand.
Miss USA opted for a bikini with a dark orange top and light orange bottoms, while Miss Colombia and Miss Australia both wore one-pieces featuring stomach cutouts.
Miss Cambodia and Miss Vietnam also put their games faces on and looked just as confident when they took the stage on Thursday.
The preliminaries came on the heals of Miss USA, Miss Australia, and Miss Colombia getting slammed for gossiping about their fellow contestants on Instagram Live.
The footage shows Miss USA kicking off the conversation by asking her fellow contestants: ‘What do you think of Miss Vietnam Nie?’