no Steve Harveybut still plenty of controversy – Miss Universe’s new owner has been accused of rigging the pageant for Miss USA… despite some other clear favorites.
Anne Jakrajuta tip — who runs JKN Global Group, which owns both Miss Universe and Miss USA — is being called out online by disgruntled fans, who feel it’s a little suspicious that she literally controls both competitions… to not to mention where this was held.
For starters, Miss Universe was hosted in New Orleans — broadcast on Roku — and some argue that the solution was there from the start to make sure R’ Bonney Gabriel was topped off by the show’s ending… which indeed happened. The runner up was Miss Venezuela, Amanda Dudamel.
Dudamel impressed throughout the broadcast, especially with her candid answers to certain questions. Her outfits also received less ridicule than the ones Gabriel wore, especially in the costumes category… when she walked onto the stage wearing a WILD moon landing outfit.
All this aside, many point to what appears to be a clear conflict of interest on the part of Jakrajutatip and co. Her company bought Miss Universe last fall for a reported $20 million, and with it came the rights to Miss USA… which falls under the same umbrella.
Even before this pageant, there were complaints about how Gabriel became Miss USA in the first place… dating back to October, when JKN Global came on board as the new shot-callers. Some have argued that favoritism was also going on in that league… and there have even been suspensions in the top ranks as a result of investigations into it.
Of course, another crooked ball here is the fact that Jakrajutatip is transgender — something that caught the attention of many when she gave a powerful speech at one point on the air … where she said that Miss Universe is now owned by women , for women .
The bottom line… Miss Universe is still as dramatic as ever, with or without any faux pas.