Mrs Universe saga con­tin­ues

Sunday Tribune - - NEWS - NABEELAH SHAIKH

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

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