Miss World Winner Comes Under Fire, The pageant, which Halle Berry has competed in, is less well-known than Miss Universe. Miss World Pageant Winner Slammed as Fake. Beauty Contest Gets Political., This past weekend 116 contestants gathered in the remote town Odros City in China’s Inner Mongolia district for the annual Miss World Pageant.
Representatives from countries around the world, including South Sudan, Guatemala, The Netherlands and the U.S., formed a kind of United Nations summit on bathing suits and ball gowns.
So it stands to reason, when China’s Wenxia Yu was crowned as the winner on Saturday, not everyone was in agreement.
“I was not surprised at all to see that the winner of the pageant was Miss China given that it was held in a Chinese city with Chinese hosts and a huge group of screaming Chinese fans that erupted into applause every time she was mentioned,” one commenter wrote on a Huffington Post article announcing the winner. He also added the hashtags: “#Rigged #Fake #SecondPlaceOlympicsRebound”
A Daily Mail reporter also caught the Olympic connection, cheekily congratulating China on its Miss World win over the U.S., after its London losses last month. Was this really a staged win or are we all just sore beauty pageant losers? A request for a comment from Miss World’s London-based staff wasn’t returned at press time.
After Wenxia’s win, the Miss World Facebook page practically lit up with angry commenters accusing judges of pandering to politics.
“MWO you sold miss world for the Chinese! They poured MILLIONS into the contest, so it is not very surpris[ing] that they won,” wrote one commenter among a chorus of hundreds slamming Yu as a “fake” winner.