Miss Philippines had to leave without her deserved crown
88 beauty queens traveled to Las Vegas, Nev., on Wednesday night to battle it out for the highly coveted title of Miss Universe. The contestants are judged on overall beauty, floor presence, outfits and responses to questions asked by the judges. As the pageant progressed, contestants were eliminated and the final five came down to Miss Philippines, Miss USA, Miss Brazil, Miss Australia and Miss Venezuela. To my surprise, Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, took the crown as Miss Universe 2012. And by surprise, I don't necessarily mean anything pleasant.
Falling out of the competition
Wait, what did she just say?
Miss Venezuela was definitely a crowd favorite in the beginning of the pageant and could easily be seen taking the first runner up spot or Miss Universe 2012. However, when the question and answer portion came around, she made the mistake of choosing to speak in English, which was clearly not her first language, as her responses made absolutely no sense. I honestly don't even know if she got out even one grammatically correct sentence, but I will say that she was at least smiling the whole time!
Once Miss Venezuela messed up, the pressure was on for Miss Philippines, and boy, did she ace that question. Judge Nigel Barker asked Miss Philippines, "As an international ambassador, do you believe that speaking English is a prerequisite to be Miss Universe?" to which she responded, "For me, Miss Universe is not about being able to speak a specific language, it's about being able to influence and inspire other people. No matter what language you speak, as long as you have the heart and a strong mind, you can become Miss Universe." This answer definitely gave Miss Philippines the push she needed, or at least the push viewers thought she needed to become Miss Universe.
While everyone was switching their bets from Venezuela to Philippines, Miss USA picked her question, which was whether she had ever done something she regretted. Culpo answered, "I'd like to start off by saying that every experience no matter what it is, good or bad, you'll learn from it. That's just life," she said. "But something I've done I've regretted is probably picking on my siblings growing up, because you appreciate them so much more as you grow older." A solid answer, but as the crowd began clapping, she ruined it by saying, "But I don't regret it!" Well, Miss USA, thank you for making all of America face-palm as you completely missed the point of the question.
Home court advantage
I am not saying that Olivia Culpo is a disgrace to pageants. She is a beautiful, smart woman who has definitely done a lot of good deeds for this world. What I am saying is that almost everyone would have guessed that she would have become fourth runner up, rather than the winner. In my opinion, Miss Philippines was the most qualified woman of the pageant, performing flawlessly in each category, and deserved that title.
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