Paulina Vega may have been the one who took home the Miss Universe crown in January, but the booing controversy and the Twitter backlash may have proved that the people wanted someone else for the coveted spot. While some people thinks that she did not deserve the crown at all, the 22-year-old beauty queen is now speaking out about her crowning moment and the controversy that followed.
The Colombian beauty spoke to El Diablo about her life after the big win. Vega said that the experience has surpassed her expectations. She was spotted recently attending the New York Fashion Week and soon, she will be travelling to places like Dubai and Indonesia before flying off to her home country.
The moment Paulina Vega was crowned @MissUniverse 2014 (photo from Miss Universe Organization). pic.twitter.com/Z0RGZDJZxs
— London Live (@LondonLive) February 8, 2015
Say hello to Miss Universe 2015: Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega. Don’t forget Miss Jamaica: http://t.co/eVl0iooaT5 pic.twitter.com/iV1ISPDZDr
— LAT Entertainment (@latimesent) January 29, 2015
Twitter to Miss Universe: It Should Have Been Miss Jamaica! http://t.co/3Q6iHOTKVj pic.twitter.com/yditms9yo8
— Huffpost.ca Style (@HuffPostCaStyle) January 29, 2015
Speaking about those who wanted Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell to win, Vega said that not everyone can be pleased, citing how each participant from the 88 countries involved had their own group. Vega claimed that the auditorium where the pageant was held is “super small,” possibly adding to the loudness of the boos that erupted when Fennel was announced as the fourth runner up.
Totally agree with the big boo from the crowd, how can you not crown #MissJamaica? It should be beauty all over which includes personality?”
— Roy Richardo Rumbino (@Papuanboy) January 26, 2015
Never heard the audience boo like that at the #MissUniverse 2015 pageant !! Who else, other than me, felt like #MissJamaica was wronged?!
— nishii♡ (@dashING_datta) January 26, 2015
I loved when miss Jamaica got 4th place and the whole crowd boo because she didn’t deserve it
— mrs.santos (@littlekarls_) January 26, 2015
I’ve never seen a miss universe crowd boo all my life… Clearly they knew Jamaica being 4th was fucked up.
— chamonille (@chamonille) January 26, 2015
I really wanted #MissJamaica to win. I boo’d from my couch in unison with the crowd. #missuniverse
— Stacy Wellborn (@stacywellborn) January 26, 2015
THAT WAS THE LONGEST BOO-ING SESSION IN MISS UNIVERSE HISTORY!! It should have been Jamaica!
— Raj Bay (@rajbayy) January 26, 2015
“People believe that it was 95 percent of the auditorium, but it wasn’t like that,” Vega said. “I think no one thought Jamaica was going to be the first called in the top five, but I think that she is also happy being a top five finalist. It turned into something sad when the whole world should be proud and happy about what Jamaica did.”
Fans speculated on Twitter that Fennell lost due to her spunky attitude and her short pixie haircut. Fennell’s fans think that Vega was unintelligent and just pretty, something that Miss Colombia is out to disprove.
In her home country, Vega is being invited to join in on the peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC rebels, a leftist group that’s been accused of masterminding bombings, murders, and kidnappings in Colombia. From beauty queen to peace talk negotiator, Vega is set to make waves this year.