The all-important Q&A round of the Miss Universe Pageant is often fertile ground for awkward moments, as the competition's beautiful contestants set out to prove they possess brains as well as looks.
This year was no exception with Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, providing the most cringe-worthy response to a question during yesterday's proceedings.
When asked, "If you could make a new law, what would it be? And explain why," Quintero made the mistake of choosing to respond in English, despite having a translator standing on stage with her.
Miss Venezuela's rambling, unintelligible response was:
"I think that any leys there are in constitution or in life are all ready made. I think that we should have a straight way to go in our similar or, er, in our lives. For example I mm a surfer and the best way that I can take is the wave that I wait for it.... So, please? Do our only law that we can do. Thank you Vegas".
Amid a small smattering of applause, the pageant's hosts thanked Quintero for her response and sent her to join the other beauties on the side of the stage.
Quintero's answer may have cost her the crown, which went to Miss USA Olivia Culpo, but it did not seem to hurt her standing too much as she still managed to finish the competition as second runner-up, ahead of Miss Australia, Renae Ayris, who was third runner-up.
Miss Venezuela's performance during the Q&A has made her a topic of conversation with both social and traditional media outlets.
"Miss Venezuela gets 0 points for answer to Miss Universe question, and that may have been generous," Fox News commented in a report on the bungled answer.
Source: Miss Universe 2012, Fox News
Author: Emily O'Keefe