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Miss Universe
Miss Universe

Miss Universe is no doubt one of the most celebrated beauty pageants of all time. 

It started in 1952 as a marketing stunt by a California clothing company, Pacific Knitting Mills, after the rival pageant Miss America winner refused to wear one of its swimsuits.

1952
1952
Miss Universe has also been a stage for controversial incidents: foul play with pepper spray, tacky tattoos and panty reveals, and Donald Trump – it is all in there. Let’s have a look!
A red flag for transgender
A red flag for transgender
1) Red flag for transgender:
The transgender Miss Canada, Jenna Talacova, could not participate in the pageant due to its rules permitting only female participants. Following a considerable controversy, she managed to enter the race and reach the semi-finals. After this incident, Miss Universe began to accept transgender competitors.
2) The cost of marriage:
United States representative, Leona Gage, was disqualified in 1957 after she turned out to be married. After all, it’s not a “Mrs.” competition!
The cost of marriage
The cost of marriage
Wannabe saint
Wannabe saint
3) Wannabe Saint:
In 2014, Dominican Republic representative, Kimberly Castillo, dressed up in the image of the Virgin of Altagracia, the protector of the Dominican people. This portrayal hurt the religious sentiments of many building a controversy.
4) Extreme party for Peru:
Anyella Grados won the crown to represent Peru at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant, but a wild party ruined everything for her. After a video circulated of Anyella in a state of drunkenness, the organization disqualified the beauty queen from any further participation.
The scandal didn’t end here. Camila Canicoba, Miss Peru Teen 2019, confessed to having recorded the alleged video and spreading the video to make Miss Peru’s misconduct public. Two Peruvian queens now lost their crowns.
Extreme party for Peru
Extreme party for Peru
An epic confusion
An epic confusion
5) An epic confusion:
The memorable scandal of 2015, the year in which presenter Steve Harvey mistakenly (and for a few seconds) named Colombia’s Ariadna Gutiérrez as the contest winner. Soon afterward, he apologized and crowned Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines as the legitimate Miss Universe. In 2021, after he had hosted four consecutive Miss Universe galas, Harvey heard that he wasn’t going to present the 69th edition of the contest.
6) A slip up:
Jennifer Hawkins, the 2004 Miss Universe winner, was criticized for her poor choice of underwear after her skirt fell off during a parade and her panties were on display.
A slip up
A slip up
Puerto Rico pepper sprayed
Puerto Rico pepper sprayed
7) Puerto Rico pepper-sprayed:
Right after being crowned Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2008, Ingrid Rivera claimed someone had pepper-sprayed her outfit during the contest.
8) Too fat for the crown:
Miss Universe was reportedly going to replace Alicia Machado, Miss Venezuela, due to her gained weight. Donald Trump added more fuel to the fire, calling her “an eating machine” on the Howard Stern Show. She won the Miss Universe 1996 pageant anyway.
Too fat for the crown
Too fat for the crown
An impractical joke
An impractical joke
9) An impractical joke:
Elodie Gossuin, France representative, 2001, was rumored to be transgender. Shortly after that, however, people realized it had been a joke by Elodie’s friends.
10) A selfie of trouble:
Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, ‘photobombed’ a selfie that included Miss Lebanon. This joke during the 2014 pageant caused much indignation among the Lebanese audience.
A selfie of trouble
A selfie of trouble

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