Many beauty pageant fans are still disappointed with Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers over some racist remarks she recently made. But one of the victims of the derogatory comments, Miss Vietnam H’Hen Nie, is apparently in good terms with the American beauty queen.
The controversy started after a copy of a now-expired live Instagram video featuring Summers, Miss Australia Francesca Hung and Miss Colombia Valeria Morales surfaced online. In the video, the three ladies discussed the English fluency, or the lack thereof, of Nie and Miss Cambodia Nat Rern.
“(Nie) pretends to know so much English and you ask her a question after having a whole conversation with her she goes-,” Summers said before nodding and laughing. “Could you imagine? Like Francesca said, that would be so isolating and I said yes, and I mean, just so confusing all the time.”
Netizens who were offended were quick to criticize Summers and call the Nebraska native a racist. The reigning Miss USA 2018 responded to the criticisms through a public apology in her Instagram account.
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@MissUniverse is an opportunity for women from around the world to learn about each other’s cultures, life experiences, and views. We all come from different backgrounds and can grow alongside one another. In a moment where I intended to admire the courage of a few of my sisters, I said something that I now realize can be perceived as not respectful, and I apologize. My life, friendships, and career revolve around me being a compassionate and empathetic woman. I would never intend to hurt another. I am grateful for opportunities to speak with Nat, Miss Cambodia, and H’Hen, Miss Vietnam, directly about this experience. These are the moments that matter most to me.
With a heart icon, Hung also posted a photo of herself with Rern, Summers, Nie and Morales. In the photo, the Miss Universe 2018 candidate from Vietnam kisses her fellow candidate from the U.S.
Hung, Rern, Summers, Nie and Morales are five of the 94 women from around the world hoping to be crowned as the successor of Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, 23, of South Africa at Impact, Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok, Thailand on December 17, 2018. Meanwhile, here is a list of 10 candidates predicted to make it to the Top 10: