|Miss Universe contestants Yam Kaspers Amshel of Israel, left, Lizell Esterhuizen of Namibia, Raquel Pelissier of Haiti, Johanna Acs of Germany, Mary Were of Kenya, Isabel Dalley of Jamaica and Kushboo Namrawa of Mauritius.Picture: AP|
But there was an awkward moment when Miss Kenya was quizzed about US politics — namely, President Donald Trump — during the Miss Universe final.
Entrants from Colombia and Haiti rounded out the top three, with Miss Kenya, Mary Esther Were, kicked out of the contest after her remarks about Trump during the question-and-answer round.
The pageant, formerly owned by Trump and now backed by Hollywood mega-agencies, is being held in The Philippines.
Miss Kenya was asked about US politics and Were suggested Trump’s election win “may not have been the choice of many people living in the United States”.
She went on to say Hillary Clinton should have won, ending her response with a wish that Trump was “able to unify the entire nation” once he took office.Perth beauty queen Caris Tiivel failed to make the first elimination round that determined the top 13.
The West Australian model represented Australia in the field of 86 entrants.
There was a lot at stake for Tiivel, who was competing to become the first Australian winner since Jennifer Hawkins took out the tiara in 2004.
JHawk used the platform to leverage a highly successful modelling and media career, as the long-time face of department store Myer and host of Australia’s Next Top Model, in her lucrative portfolio.