Miss Universe pageant starts post-Trump era in Las Vegas

miss universeThe Miss Universe crown a new international winner on Sunday, months after the annual exhibition of beauty was thrust into controversy when then co-owner Donald Trump made derogatory comments about immigrants.
Contestants representing over 80 countries will compete in Las Vegas at the 64th edition of the event.
For the first time, viewers will have the opportunity to vote for the winner, score each participant in competitions swimsuit, evening gown and interview.
Until recently, the event was co-owned by NBC Universal and Comcast Corp Trump, who leads national polls in the Republican 2016 presidential nomination race.
Trump’s statements about Mexicans to announce his candidacy in June drew sharp criticism, and Spanish television network Univision withdraw from an agreement to televise the event.
Trump, who has sued Univision for $ 500 million, bought out NBC in the Miss Universe Organization, which produces parade on Sunday and both the Miss USA .. He sold the company in September.
Sunday’s live broadcast begins at 7 pm ET on the Fox television network.
Among the contestants is Ariana Miyamoto of Japan, whose father is African American.
height of 1.73 m (5.7 ft) and bronze skin are unusual in Japan Miyamoto and his team to represent Japan in the Miss Universe created a firestorm online in their home country.
The judging panel includes former National Football League great Emmitt Smith, the celebrity blog Perez Hilton, billionaire and winner of Miss Universe 2012 Olivia blame.
The current Miss Universe is Paulina Vega de Barranquilla, Colombia, to crown her successor at the end of the afternoon.