By: Jordy Najera
“I've made a mistake” No, not me, Steve Harvey did. As you may know, Miss Universe, was recently part of one of the biggest controversies of 2015. Miss Universe has shared and entertained millions of viewers with several controversies throughout the years. Here are the Top 10 most talked about Miss Universe controversies.
1. Armi Kuusela, Miss Finland
Miss Finland became the first Miss Universe in 1952. Kuusela was only 17 years old when she got the title as Miss Universe. Two months before her reign was over, she decided to give up her crown because she was going to get married and she would no longer meet the requirements to be Miss Universe. The Miss Universe organization let her keep her crown, since there wasn’t specific rules then. She got married and raised five children and six grandchildren throughout her life.
2. Miss Universe 1966
During the 1966 Miss Universe pageant, Latin America contestants, Miss Argentina, Miss Brazil, Miss Paraguay, Miss Venezuela, and Miss Ecuador got together to manifest because they felt like the “nothings”, they believed that the Miss Universe organization preferred the European contestants. They were later proved wrong as the Miss Universe organization said that from the past years those countries have had winners or 2nd place runner ups.
3. Miss Universe 1979
As Miss Venezuela celebrated her win, for being the first Venezuelan to take the Miss Universe title, the unexpected happened. The stage in which she was crowned collapsed a few minutes after she was crowned. Twenty contestants fell into the hole but two of them, Miss Malta and Miss Turkey, had serious concussions and really bad bruises. If the collapse wasn't enough, there was reports that said some contestants weren't treated due to discrimination.
4. Alicia Machado, Miss Venezuela
Before Alicia Machado became the successful actress and model she is today, she was once fighting for the Miss Universe crown. She took the title as Miss Universe in 1996. Her reign wasn't necessarily drama-free. The Miss Universe Organization claimed that Machado was getting “too big” to keep the crown. Some months after her win, Donald Trump, owner of Miss Universe at the time, called her “an eating machine” in the Howard Stern show. There seems to be more, the ex-miss universe, talked about Trump when she was invited to “Rica La Noche” where she said, “He's always been white trash, a racist, a horrible person. I worked with this man, for this man, for a year out of my life that I don't wish upon my worst enemy.” She also claimed she wanted to write a book on all the injustices and all the racism she went through with Trump.
5. Miss Universe Pageant 1999, Miss Guam
Being fat wasn't the only reason the Miss Universe organization can disqualify a contestant. Miss Guam was disqualified after she was found pregnant. The organization decided to ask the contents in a question round if they thought a Miss Universe should be allowed to keep her title if she got pregnant during her reign. Many contestants didn't know what to answer since a wrong answer could determine if they stay in the competition, but Miss Botswana answered with confident saying that she would keep her crown and show off her femininity with pride. She took the title that year.
6. Jennifer Hawkins, Miss Australia
Miss Australia, Miss Universe 2004 seemed to had forgot some of the requirements or maybe she just didn't care. She had already been part of several rumors that said she had done nude body paint photographs, when she wasn't allowed to do anything that had to do with nudity before or during her reign. That wasn't the only thing, during her reign some pictures came to surface of her posing nude for Hustler Magazine, a magazine part of the porn industry, she managed to keep her crown, but many were against this since the rules weren't being followed.
7. Jenna Talackova, Miss Canada
After being disqualified for not being “a naturally born women” Talackova decided to fight for her right to be a participant of Miss Universe. Jenna was born a boy, and had a complete gender change at the age of 19, when the Miss Universe Organization found out, Donald Trump decided to disqualify her, but he was later forced to bring her back after losing against Jenna's lawyer, Gloria Allred.
8. Denise Quiñones, Miss Puerto Rico
Miss Universe contestants are in the fight to become the most beautiful women of the universe, but why would Quiñones want people to be a specific distance from her? Some of the contestants though Denise got a “celebrity treatment”. She was seen as arrogant and some even speculated she had some “defects” she was afraid people would notice. With flaws or not she took the crown home becoming Miss Universe 2001.
9. Ximena Navarrete, Miss Mexico
Navarrete became Miss Universe in 2010. She became center of attention after she said she had nothing against Donald Trump after he declared racist comments against mexicans. Many mexicans felt highly offended due to the fact she said she would keep working with him because he was a nice man. She then later said she would not get into politics and talk bad about someone who's treated her nicely.
10. Ariadna Gutierrez, Miss Colombia
How can we forget about Miss Colombia, Miss Universe’s shortest queen of all times, with only 4 minutes of reign. After Steve Harvey's mistake of announcing the wrong winner, Gutierrez gave her first interview to Univision where she talked about what she thought about the mistake. "In four minutes they destroy your dreams, they put it in a bag, and they throw it in the trash" she said. "They could have done it another way. I feel like it doesn't matter to them the feelings of a girl who has worked her whole life for a dream." Miss Colombia also claimed that she never got a personal apology from Harvey. When he did try to apologize through social media he made the second mistake, he wrote “Columbia” instead of Colombia. Harvey and Gutierrez were the reason for many memes and jokes. Miss Colombia said she was now happy as this mistake brought her many new opportunities. She said she has forgiven Steve, and like she said “I came for a dream, but I ended up making history.”
Beauty pageants have been part of today's life, since society has given the perfection of beauty more important and attention that it needs. Samueli students react to Miss Universe controversies and talk about what they think about these pageants.
Samueli Academy girls don't seem to be in favor of competitions like these. “Beauty pageants teach children that they're not beautiful” said Celeste Galindo. Mayleen Batres said, “It's all about judgment and bringing these women's self esteem down, they're being compared with each other.” Many women in general think it's a disgrace when they have to represent a country because of a beautiful women and of its culture.
As some think it's an unnecessary competition, others simply don't care or like it. Brenda Montes tells us why she likes Miss Universe as she's follows up of what happens. “I like how they compete, it's not all about beauty, it also has to do with intelligence and personality” said Brenda. In the other hand, Ixel Enciso isn't bothered by the idea of women competing for a title. “I don't get offended as some people do, they say it's a disgrace for women, but it's all about women competing for beauty, something they want to do as a career...” Ixel added, “beauty has always influenced girls to look a certain way, but that's through all media, and at the end it's their choice.”
We ended the year with a Miss Universe controversy, what's next? Beauty pageants won't stop, it has actually gained more popularity over the times. Is it wrong? Who knows? Bad or not, the truth is, beauty pageants will continue, and the controversies won't be left at home.
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