Miss Universe El Salvador apologizes for Top 5 Instagram post gaffe
Miss Universe El Salvador finally cleared the air and apologized on Thursday regarding the inclusion of Michelle Dee in the Top 5 on the Instagram post they first released during the competition.
The post was immediately deleted and replaced by a graphic showing Thailand’s Antonia Porsild on the Top 5 roster, who ended up winning the first runner-up title.
According to the organizers, they were in such a hurry to get the results out that they accidentally mixed up the two finalists, and there were no special changes in the outcome.
“Our mistake! In the rush to get our posts up during Saturday’s live broadcast, we accidentally mixed up the names of two finalists. This was a simple error of moving too fast—we heard the same results live at the same time that you all did—no special access over here! We’re sorry to both finalists,” they wrote.
‘No room for error’
After the El Salvador’s announcement, Dee shared her sentiments on her Instagram broadcast channel exclusively for her followers.
“There should be no room for error but the reality is that we live in an imperfect world. My request is not just to be respectful to the delegates but to the supporters that are so passionate about this platform as well.” Dee wrote.
“But again, EVERYTHING happens for a reason and it’s just a matter of seeing it as a lesson or a blessing. So always act with love, kindness, and respect. All love.” the beauty queen expressed.
The Miss Universe Philippines earlier clarified on a viral video that showed PH Bet “being escorted from a line-up in a TV guesting.“
MUPH said it was the team’s decision to pull Dee out and bring her back to the hotel to rest due to feeling unwell.
Dee finished her Miss Universe journey by putting the Philippines back in the Top 10 bout.
Meanwhile, Filipino-American Sheynnis Palacios made history when she was crowned Miss Universe 2023, being the first candidate from Nicaragua to win the title.