Despite the pressures to give up the crown, Paulina Vega won't.
Paulina Vega's statement on Donald Trump and the Miss Universe Organization
First of all, Happy 4th of July to all my friends and relatives in the USA! But let’s cut to the chase right away.
When Miss Universe Paulina Vega released her statement about the whole controversy surrounding Donald Trump’s stinging remarks against Mexican immigrants, there were simultaneous pressures on her to give up the crown and show solidarity with her fellow Latinos.
Yes, she was hurt by what the Big Boss said. But no, she is not about to step down and leave everything behind. I can understand her young mind working, to think that her country waited 56 long years for a 2nd Miss Universe crown.
So here’s the English translation of her statement above:
I find Mr. Trump’s comments unjust and hurtful. As a Colombian and as Miss Universe, I want to show my support and validate the sentiments of the Latin community.
The Miss Universe Organization works independently from its owners. For the past 64 years, they have created partnerships with great charity groups and have helped thousands of communities.
Their legacy of uniting countries from around the world has been inspiring to many. If the Miss Universe Organization shared any anti-Latin sentiments or any type of racial biases, I wouldn’t be in this position today.
I strongly believe that dividing and categorizing humankind only holds it back. Acknowledging and embracing the differences that exist across humanity is the first step in real and substantial development. We must strive together in order to improve the common good.
Should Paulina Vega cave in to pressure, dear readers? Or should she just let the issues simmer down and hope that everything vanishes into thin air in a month or two?
Personally, I would rather see her stick to the title, while using whatever limited power she has to be the voice of Miss Universe Organization in rallying for a big change. It may not be taken seriously by the intended target. But at least, she will have taken a stand without further dismantling her image. She may even be long remembered as the titleholder amidst the most problem-laden history of the pageant who dared to speak more.
Let’s see what next steps Paulina will take, or what her hopefully well-intentioned advisers will say. ;-)