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Miss USA apologizes over ‘xenophobic’ remarks vs Miss Cambodia, Miss Vietnam

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Miss USA apologizes over ‘xenophobic’ remarks vs Miss Cambodia, Miss Vietnam
'My life, friendships, and career revolve around me being a compassionate and empathetic woman. I would never intend to hurt another,' says Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers

MANILA, Philippines – Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers apologized early Friday, December 14, following backlash over what many deemed a “mean girls” moment when she talked about candidates at the Miss Universe competiton who are not fluent in English.  

“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,” said Sarah in an Instagram post of herself, Miss Australia Francesca Hung, Miss Colombia Valeria Morales, Miss Vietnam H’Hen Niê, and Miss Cambodia Rern Sinat. 

The photo shows the 5 women hugging, with subsequent photos showing Miss Cambodia giving Miss USA a peck on the cheek. 

 

"My friendship and sisterhood in Miss Universe will forever be kept in my heart. Our experience have given us the opportunity to show and learn different cultures. I speak the language of love, respect and understanding. I love you my sisters," wrote Miss Cambodia in a separate post. 

Ninety-four women are competiting in the 2018 version of the pageant. A new Miss Universe will be crowned Monday, December 17 (Manila time), during the pageant finals in Thailand. – Rappler.com

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