I have been flooded with texts and messages about the recent Miss Universe Pageant. I was even more confused when our friendly little elf tried to take my Mrs. Oklahoma crown last night!
My thoughts are too long for a Facebook post, so I decided to just blog it out!
First of all, let me give you some background. I was first runner-up at least three or four times in Miss Oklahoma locals. I sang and sang and practiced my walk and tried to get the perfect wardrobe, but was called first runner-up over and over. There were pageants were I truly believed the results had been either read wrong or mistabulated. It was a heart-breaking feeling.
I have also been the one who got the crown. And that was the most exhilarating and satisfying feelings of my life. Nothing says ‘you did it!’ quite like a sparkly crown and banner!
Now, back to the present! I attended the Miss Oklahoma USA pageant at the same time as the live show of Miss Universe. I was getting play-by-plays from Mr. Oklahoma via text and my friends and I were so excited to hear each round that our own Oklahoma native Miss USA advanced! When she was called 2nd runner-up, I was disappointed for her, but also so excited for her! She placed 2nd RU in the biggest pageant in the world!
And then came the drama. I watched the show this morning and was so confused. I don’t know if it’s a publicity stunt or not, but what I do know is that it was the strangest 5 minutes of television I have ever seen. It made the Kayne and Taylor Swift thing look like a friendly game of tennis. I loved Olivia (Miss USA) for reaching out to Miss Philippines and I was so happy to see the reigning Miss Universe handle the situation with such grace.
Steve Harvey did the right thing by admitting the mistake as soon as possible. What made it even worse was that he told Philippines to take her walk without the crown or banner. It was So bittersweet for her because she doesn’t have that moment of pure joy. She had a moment of shock, confusion, excitement and compassion for Colombia. I applause her for handling this in the best way she knows how.
But good grief, how did this happen?!!!