Miss Universe title not universally supported

Kaci Fennell, Miss Jamaica, was favoured to win by many people who expressed their dissatisfaction at the choice of Miss Universe pageant winner Paulina Vega, Miss Colombia.
Kaci Fennell, Miss Jamaica, was favoured to win by many people who expressed their dissatisfaction at the choice of Miss Universe pageant winner Paulina Vega, Miss Colombia.

The Miss Universe pageant held last Sunday in Miami ended in controversy over who was the better overall contestant, winner Miss Colombia or Miss Jamaica.

Twitter was busy shortly after Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega, was crowned Miss Universe 2014 with the hashtag  #MissJamaicaShouldHaveWon after Miss Jamaica, Kaci Fennell, 22, was named fourth runner-up.

Others in the top five were Misses USA, Netherlands and Ukraine.

When the judges announced Fennell’s position, there was loud booing from the crowd with many claiming she should have won or at least placed higher.

A number of news organization and blog sites have added to the controversy.

The Daily Mail quoted Fennell’s grandfather Michael Fennell as lashing out at the judges for being unclear about requirements needed to win.

The Jamaican queen sported a Halle Berry hairstyle but her grandfather says Kaci was the victim of “unwritten factors” and that the judges should have stated if Miss Universe needed to have long hair.

He told the Daily Mail, “If short hair is a problem why didn’t they say so in the contest?”

He also criticized those who questioned his granddaughter’s opinion that Jamaica’s contributions to the world are Usain Bolt and Bob Marley. “Of course it’s Bob Marley and Usain Bolt … ,” the older Fennell stated.

Miss Jamaica challenged traditional notions of beauty, telling the crowd, “I don’t have long tresses like everyone else, I’m just representing myself and that’s what beauty pageants are all about.”

She told the crowd, including host Natalie Morales and judge Lisa Vanderpump, “You don’t have to look a certain way … and I feel like I represent that.”

The Kingston native tweeted before her final runway walk: “Thank you everyone for all the love. Matters not what the outcome may be because tonight marks only the beginning. Because when you put God first, what you have to worry about? Nada!”

A number of the 88 contestants, including Miss Guyana, Miss British Virgin Islands and Miss Venezuela, who faced adversities in their lives were featured on the TV show, Entertainment Tonight.