Colombia Withdraws Its Candidacy To Host The Miss Universe

Photo: Miss Universe 2014, Paulina Vega's homecoming to Colombia

Colombia withdrew its candidacy Tuesday to host the Miss Universe beauty pageant following xenophobic comments against Mexico by Donald Trump, part owner of the Miss Universe franchise, official sources said.

The decision was taken in solidarity with the Latino community, said Tatiana Piñeros, Director General of the District Institute of Tourism of Bogota.

“In light of the xenophobic and discriminatory statements made by franchise owner Donald Trump, we have decided to withdraw our candidature to host the competition,” Piñeros said.

Paulina Vega from Colombia won last year’s Miss Universe beauty pageant in Miami.

Piñeros said the discrimination faced by Mexicans today can be faced by Colombians too in the future and urged the multi-millionaire to present “profound and serious” apologies for his behavior.

Organizers are yet to decide the venue for this year’s competition. A team from the Miss Universe Organization visited the city last April to discuss details about the proposal, with the final event taking place in January 2016, according to local news sources.

Colombia’s reaction follows decision by broadcasters, Univision, NBC and Televisa, to end commercial ties with Trump, Republican aspirant for the 2016 U.S. presidential election.


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