Miss Universe Selfie Causes Political Storm

By Christine Torralba | 3 years ago
Miss Universe Selfie Causes Political Storm
Contestants during rehearsals for the Miss Universe 2007 pageant in Mexico City, Mexico

A Miss Universe contestant has recently come under fire for a selfie she posted on her social media account. Who is it? What was so controversial about the selfie she took? Read on for further details.

Who knew that an innocent selfie taken could lead to a political storm throughout the world? While touring South Florida, Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, snapped a photo of her and some of the contestants of the prestigious contest. What she failed to realize is that Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, was in the same photo as her, along with Miss Slovenia and Miss Japan.

The photo of the four happy beauty queens was captioned: “Good morning from us!” before it was uploaded on Matalon’s Instagram account on Jan. 11, 2015. The innocent photo then gained much controversy when people started to comment and get angry on the photo.

It turns out that Lebanon considers Israel as an enemy state. As such, any contact between the two countries has been banned. This led a number of people to ask for the photo to be removed as it was causing a lot of tension. Greige, in particular, is already being attacked by her fellow countrymen.

To defend herself, Greige used social media. She said that Matalon rushed in and photobombed her as she was taking a photo with Miss Slovenia and Miss Japan. Over the weekend, she posted the same photo but cropped out Matalon.

According to Greige, she has been very cautious of being photographed or seen speaking with Miss Israel ever since the first day of her arrival in the contest. Greige also shares that Matalon has tried to take a photo with her for several times already. On the captured photo, Greige was having a photo with the two other contestants when Matalon jumped in and captured a selfie. She then shared it on her social media account.

Matalon, meanwhile, addressed the issue on her Instagram account. For Matalon, the reactions of the people did not surprise her but saddened her. “Too bad you cannot put the hostility out of the game.”

For the Miss Universe candidate, the three weeks she spends on the contest is an experience of a lifetime and a chance for her to meet girls from different parts of the world and her neighboring country too.

On her Instagram account, Matalon also posted her photo with Miss France, Camille Cerf, as a way of speaking out against the recently occurred terror attack in Paris.

The representatives from the pageant did not respond when asked to leave a comment on the issue.

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