“And Miss Universe is… Colombia!” was the final announcement that set off the trending controversy during the Miss Universe pageant as some booed when the crowd’s favorite, Miss Jamaica, was placed in fourth Sunday evening.
The new Miss Universe, Paulina Vega, who is extremely beautiful – which is why she’s representing her country – is now in the middle of Miss Jamaica’s Kaci Fennell controversy. The people in Miami rooting for Fennell voiced their disappointment when they found out their beautiful heroine was not going to be the winner of the beauty competition. Boos and applause were mixed as Fennell went to receive her flowers for being placed in fourth.
But many believe that Fennell lost points for her Halle Berry-ish haircut. Fans of Fennell applauded her for being unique while remaining stunning – yet there has never been a winner with short hair in the history of Miss Universe. Still, there are no rules stating that a beauty contestant cannot have a short haircut.
Another reason media experts say Fennell lost points was her answer during the competition’s Q&A format. The 22-year-old Jamaican responded that the legendary reggae singer Bob Marley and the Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt were Jamaica’s biggest contribution to the world.
According to the news website Daily Mail, Fennell’s grandfather, Michael, voiced his displeasure with the competition and the judges. “Of course it’s Bob Marley and Usain Bolt,” said Mr. Fennell, who also believed that his granddaughter was a victim of ‘unwritten factors’. “In my mind she was absolutely beautiful. She was different but if the judges didn’t want short hair then say so,” Mr. Fennell said.
The 22-year old Colombiana has not responded to the media’s reports of the social media hashtag #JamaicaShouldOfWon (and she shouldn’t), especially with the topic trending really high on Yahoo and Google.
Miss Jamaica did tweet:
“Heartiest congratulations to our beautiful new Miss Universe Paulina Vega, all the best on your journey my dear :)”
Yes, congrats to the new Miss Universe, Colombia’s Paulina Vega. She is the second Colombian in the pageant’s history to win the coveted crown. Luz Marina Zuluaga won in 1958. Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos said, “It shows that in Colombia we have very intelligent women, very hardworking women, women who persevere when faced with obstacles, and in addition to that they’re very beautiful,” reports Huffington Post.