Video receipts show that Miss Universe hopefuls are the real Mean Girls

We all know that behind the scenes, beauty pageants aren’t always about “world peace” and saving mother earth. It is, in essence, a competition, and most of the time it brings out the worst in people. Miss USA proved that behind the wide beautiful smiles, witty answers, and cheerful camaraderie among women, lies characteristics that are quite the opposite. Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers, Miss Colombia Valeria Morales and Miss Australia Francesca Hung were caught on video mocking another contestant, particularly, Miss Cambodia for not being proficient in speaking English. In a stark contrast to Summers’ video greeting to Cambodians saying she met their candidate and that “she was lovely,” the blonde Miss Universe hopeful seemed to mock the former for “not knowing any English.” 

Summers then moved on to her thoughts on Moss Vietnam, “And she thinks she knows so much English and then you ask her a question, after having a whole conversation with her, and she goes *smiles* (laughs). She’s adorable.” 

She then compared her to Morales (who is Spanish) saying, “Well at least you can speak good English,” and finishing with, “Poor Cambodia.” The video originated from an Instagram live video of Morales, but was later uploaded by the @grandslambeautyalliance account on Wednesday. Anonymous Instagram account and fashion industry “guard dog” Diet Prada called out Summers and her companions for their “ignorance.”  

The post read: “This is basically what normalized xenophobia looks like. If she’s trying to show empathy, the condescending, intolerant tone tells a different story. A reminder that you’re participating in a competition in a country/continent where English is NOT the primary language.” 

You can find the post here: Diet Prada

English as a requirement 

The official website of Miss Universe describes its organization as “a company run by women for women, built on a foundation of inclusion and continues to be a celebration of diversity.” In the rules section, there’s nowhere that said anything about requiring the participants to use English as means to communicate. In fact, the organization allows interpreters that translate and convey the candidates’ answers in English. It only says, “She must have the ability to articulate her ambition. A contestant should demonstrate authenticity, credibility and exhibit grace under pressure.” 

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Sources: @diet_prada, @grandslambeautyalliance

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