Sour grapes are common when it comes to the runner-ups in the Miss Universe pageant, however the Miss Jamaica loss has created quite a bit of controversy.
For the record, the winner is Miss Colombia Paulina Vega.
Unfortunately for Vega, it may be some time before anyone cares outside of Columbia.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 26, 2015
At the moment, a sizeable portion of social media is fixated on the fact that the seemingly obvious choice Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell failed to win.
To make matters worse, Miss Jamaica finished a distant 4th runner-up.
How is it that the Jamaica contestant failed to impress?
Some blame it on her answer to what Jamaica has contributed to the world.
According to Fennell, the obvious answers were Usain Bolt (the record-breaking Olympic athlete) and Bob Marley (the iconic reggae singer).
While the answers weren’t exactly “world peace” level, it’s felt that her insufficient response contributed heavily to her loss.
However there is a far more unusual reason the Jamaica representative is believed to have missed out on the Miss Universe crown – her short hair.
— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) January 27, 2015
It was hard not to notice the fact that this Miss Universe contestant had the shortest hair out of practically everyone in the competition. One only needed to look at images of her being congratulated by other contestants to see that Miss Jamaica’s Halle Berry-esque hairstyle was unique in the sea of hair extensions surrounding her.
“I don’t have long tresses like everyone else, I’m just representing myself, and that’s what beauty pageants are all about.”
While some would think that her unique look would give her a leg up on the Miss Universe competition, it seems that having short hair may have hurt Miss Jamaica.
At least, that’s the accusation that was reportedly made by Fennell’s grandfather, Michael.
“If short hair is a problem why didn’t they say so in the contest?”
The 22-year-old may have lost, but she seems to be taking the disappointment in stride.
“I believe it went exactly how it should. I’m so happy I had this opportunity. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Miss Jamaica also said that if she had the competition to do all over again, she wouldn’t change a thing.
Fans of the model aren’t surprised, as it was both her confident nature and individualism that won them over in the first place.
Do you think that Miss Jamaica lost the Miss Universe competition due to her short haircut?
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