Even though Steve Harvey isn’t there, there is still a lot of drama. The new owner of Miss Universe has been accused of fixing the pageant for Miss USA, even though there are other clear favorites.
The CEO of JKN Global Group, which owns both Miss Universe and Miss USA, is Anne Jakrajutatip. Fans who aren’t happy with her are criticizing her online because she won both competitions. They think that’s strange, especially considering where this was held.
First of all, the Miss Universe pageant was held in New Orleans and aired on Roku. Some say it was set up from the start to make sure R’Bonney Gabriel was crowned by the end of the show, which is exactly what happened. Amanda Dudamel, who was Miss Venezuela, came in second place.
Dudamel was impressive throughout the whole show, especially when she answered questions from the heart. Her clothes were also not made fun of as much as Gabriel’s, especially when she walked onstage in a costume that looked like a moon landing.
Despite all of this, many people think that Jakrajutatip and the others have a clear conflict of interest. Last fall, her company was said to have paid $20 million for Miss Universe, which came with the rights to Miss USA, which is under the same umbrella.
Even before this pageant, there were complaints about how Gabriel became Miss USA in the first place. These complaints started in October, when JKN Global took over as the new decision-makers. Some people have said that there was favoritism in that competition, too, and investigations have led to suspensions in the top ranks.