Mrs Universe saga continues
MRS Universe 2017 organisers have come out guns blazing after a contestant lambasted the pageant with a tell-all Facebook video that claimed the event was poorly organised.
This week the international organisers took legal action against Mrs Latin USA contestant, Monika Tuncbileka, by interdicting her in the USA.
Tuncbilek made the allegations about the pageant that was staged in Durban earlier this month. This week she posted a second video where she reaffirmed her allegations of racism, shoddy treatment of contestants and the meaningless activities they were subjected to. She also continued to claim the pageant was rigged.
Local organisers made light of Tuncbilek’s allegations and said they were focused on their 2018 pageant, which is set for Durban again. “Africa has the rights to host this event for 10 years. 2017 was the first event and we are incredibly humbled and thankful for the community’s effort that helped make the event a success,” said Africa pageant organiser, Tracey Ann Buckley Agett.
She said the Mrs Universe brand planned to institute further legal action against Tuncbilek as a follow-up to the letter of demand sent to her last week.
“Her allegations are unfounded and Tuncbilek’s conduct during her time in Durban have gone against the basic principles that Mrs Universe stands for and represents. In any event or competition, I believe you will always find someone who is not happy. I think any woman or man can relate to not winning”.
Buckley Agett said using social media to launch attacks were not characteristics of a Mrs Universe, or a role model and a mother. Mrs Latin USA contestant, Monika Tuncbileka