Miss Colombia 2011, Catalina Robayo, competing for the title of Miss Universe
, was spoken to about her apparent wardrobe malfunction, and according to a Fox News source, “Colombia had to be spoken to and told she needed to wear underpants as what she was doing was totally inappropriate. People have been pretty upset by it; there have been photos and media appearances where she has completely had her crotch out.”
Despite the accusations, Robayo has said she was wearing underwear. She is one of 89 contestants from around the world competing for the title.
Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe organization, said: “Our supervisors talked to all of the contestants about dressing appropriately, and one of our PR people spoke to [Robayo] and apparently she said she was wearing underwear. But regardless, it created quite a stir here for a few days,” NBC Miami
The Miss Universe pageant, being held Monday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was also faced with the decision to replace bikini bottoms provided by Catalina Brasil Swimwear, a pageant sponsor, for providing swimwear considered inappropriate for network TV.
Noting the controversy surrounding this year’s pageant over the skimpy bottoms, Shugart said: “The costumes were beautiful, but they sent us the first round of competition suits and being by a Brazilian designer they were definitely a lot smaller than we’re used to or most of the contestants are used to. We delayed our shoot so we could add material to the bottom; otherwise we were going to have serious problems on television,” according to Yahoo!’s Shine
Although surprised by the organization’s decision, designers replaced the bottoms and Shugart added “they turned out really well.”
The Miss Universe pageant will by televised Monday at 9 p..m. EST.