Final weekend’s Miss Universe pageant was marred by controversy over allegations that the pageant was rigged in favor of Miss USA R’Bonnie Gabriel, who finally gained the pageant.
Sports activities commentator Emily Austin, who was a choose on the pageant, advised Fox Information Digital that the allegations had been “upsetting”.
“Being a choose, nobody would know greater than me that it wasn’t utterly faux,” Austin stated.
The Miss Universe group additionally addressed claims that the pageant was rigged to crown Gabrielle Miss Universe.
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“False allegations of tampering are absurd and distract from the unbelievable milestones our group and delegates skilled this weekend,” the group stated in a press release obtained by Fox Information Digital.
Austin stated Gabrielle was chosen as a result of she was “very nicely spoken” and “lovely.”
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Nonetheless, many social media customers disagreed with the selection. Austin stated she acquired criticism on social media that it was “apparent” that Miss USA gained as a result of lots of the judges had been American.
Gabrielle’s win on the Miss USA pageant additionally sparked controversy with lots of the 28-year-old Houston native’s contestants saying they believed she was a “favoritised” winner. Many contestants left the stage after Gabriel’s victory with out congratulating him, breaking the traditions of magnificence contests.
Gabriela, then again, denied the allegations in an October interview with E! Information, stating that the competition was “not rigged.”
“I’d by no means enter any contest or contest that I do know I will win,” Gabriel stated. “I’ve loads of integrity.”
Austin additionally stated she acquired criticism for permitting a contestant from Russia to compete within the Miss Universe pageant.
“The place are your morals?” one social media consumer requested Austin.
However as a pageant choose, Austin stated she had no oversight of who entered and was tasked with “taking her nation off her costume.”
“We actually put our prejudices apart,” Austin stated.
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Ukraine’s Miss Universe contender Victoria Apanasenko advised The Day by day Beast that it was “horribly painful” to compete with Miss Russia. “I’m greater than grateful to Miss Universe for his or her help, however I’m not certain that the organizers understood the way it was for me to face and smile on the identical stage as Miss Russia, who was wearing a crimson, blood-colored costume,” stated Apanasenko.
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Austin additionally questioned the place to “draw the road” as to which nations are allowed to take part and which aren’t.
“I do not suppose nations like Venezuela or China are higher or worse,” she stated. “Dictators are dictators, the place do you draw the road, which nations take part and which don’t?”
Fox Information’ Ashley Hume contributed to this report.