Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers apologizes for comments about two Asian Miss Universe contestants

Miss USA is hearing it on social media about remarks she made regarding two Miss Universe pageant contestants on the Instagram account of another pageant queen. Sarah Rose Summers is getting slammed for comments caught on video about Miss Vietnam, H'Hen Nie, and Miss Cambodia, Sinat Rern, not understanding English. In a video captured by Miss … Continue reading “Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers apologizes for comments about two Asian Miss Universe contestants”

Miss USA is hearing it on social media about remarks she made regarding two Miss Universe pageant contestants on the Instagram account of another pageant queen.

Sarah Rose Summers is getting slammed for comments caught on video about Miss Vietnam, H'Hen Nie, and Miss Cambodia, Sinat Rern, not understanding English.

In a video captured by Miss Colombia Valeria Morales, Summers, 24, asks, and then answers, "What do you think of Miss Vietnam Nie?"

Miss Vietnam H’Hen Nie

"She's so cute and she pretends to know so much English, and then you ask her a question after having a whole conversation with her and she goes [smiles and nods]," Summers said, chuckling. She added, "She's adorable."

Summers repeated her impression of Nie upon Morales' request.

Later in the video, Summers expressed sympathy for Rern not knowing English.

"Miss Cambodia is here and doesn't speak any English and not a single other person speaks her language. Can you imagine? [Miss Australia] Francesca [Hung] said 'that would be so isolating,' and I said, 'Yes, and just confusing all the time.' Poor Cambodia."

Miss Cambodia Sinat Rern

Some on social media, however, did not agree with mom, and were quick to offer furious reactions to Summers' behavior.

Others were upset not just at Summers' words and actions, but also at how she portrayed America on the global stage.

Reps for Miss Universe declined Fox News' request for comment, but Summers spoke out after the backlash in a contrite statement on Instagram — accompanied by a photo of herself, Rern and Nie in a group hug with some other contestants.

"@MissUniverse is an opportunity for women from around the world to learn about each other's cultures, life experiences, and views. We all come from different backgrounds and can grow alongside one another," she wrote.

"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," she continued. "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."

Miss Singapore to wear dress honoring Trump-Kim handshake at Miss Universe pageant

President Trump’s historic handshake with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, during their summit in Singapore is being immortalized.

A beauty queen from Singapore will wear a dress bearing a giant digital image of the two world leaders clasping hands over the Singapore skyline at next month’s 2018 Miss Universe pageant, a contest that was incidentally owned by Trump between 1996 and 2015.

“My first impression of the costume was that it looked absolutely angelic and it truly did embody the essence of world peace,” Miss Singapore Zahra Khanum told Singapore’s The New Paper.

“It had a very serene and calming effect.”

The royal blue gown — a play on the beauty queen trope of wanting world peace — took about three months to make, said Moe Kasim, who designed the costume.

“The toughest part was bringing out the message tastefully through design. I had to consider the political sensitivities and what it all meant to Singapore and to the world community… without (creating) any misinterpretation,” he told the paper.

“And as the summit was about making peace, it was only natural to go with the world peace theme.”

Though the June summit took place in Singapore, some residents weren’t sure how a dress featuring the flags of North Korea and the United States represented their country — and posted disapproving comments on Twitter.

But the 24-year-old pageant contestant, a sociology graduate from the National University of Singapore, said the dress “represents something we all need, which is to promote a sense of unity and friendship, rather than hatred and anger.”

The contest will take place Dec. 17 in Bangkok, Thailand.

This article originally appeared in The New York Post.