We’re just a day away from the annual Miss Universe pageant, and as per usual, arguments over what’s appropriate are already stealing the headlines. The bikinis were deemed too racy for network television, much to the disdain of the company who designed them, but that blip seems positively pedestrian compared with what officials are dealing with now. It seems organizers have had to sit down with the contestants to extol wisdom that should have been delivered by the mothers of the girls years ago: never leave the house without underwear on.

The main culprit in question is Miss Colombia Catalina Robayo, and she’s been accused of wearing short skirts sans panties to several of the promotional events. President of the Miss Universe Pageant Paula Shugart was reportedly horrified when she woke up to an explicit upskirt picture in the paper and later took time out of her schedule to express shock and older woman outrage. Here’s what she told Fox News
“There were several girls in short dresses which is a little concerning, but when I saw the picture on the front page of one of the local papers, I was very, very surprised. Our supervisors talked to all of the contestants about dressing appropriately, and one of our PR people spoke to her and apparently she said she was wearing underwear. But regardless, it created quite a stir here for a few days.”

I’ve seen the snapshot in question, and if she was wearing underwear, it must have been stolen from a pirate’s bad eye. You can take a look at its explicitness here (NSFW). Regardless of whether Robayo was covered up or not, the fact that organizers are having to address this strikes me as ridiculous. Different cultures have different customs, but some measures of class are universal. I won’t be watching the Miss Universe Pageant tomorrow night, but if history holds form, any measure of controversy will help.

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