Venezuelan-American internet personality, comedian and actress, notably known for her YouTube and Vine videos, Lele Pons, was selected to be part of the official judge’s panel for the annual Miss Universe pageant. According to TMZ, Pons was called out by the pageant officials after she followed Miss Colombia, Miss Mexico and Miss Venezuela.

As presented by TMZ, Pons has been told it compromises the competition  and was asked to unfollow the Latina contestants to avoid making it appear they have an advantage from the rest of the beauty queens.

Sources also confirmed that Lele did fire back and defended her actions by allegedly saying that she doesn't think she did anything wrong  and as a Latina herself she just decided to follow them. Lele hasn’t released any statements so far but in her Instagram’s description she has written in caps that she is “Latina & proud.”

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa was named as Miss Universe 2017 and Miss Colombia Laura González ended up as 1st runner-up. Find below all the finalists:

  • Top 5: South Africa (Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters), Venezuela (Keysi Sayago), Thailand (Maria Poonlertlarp), Jamaica (Davina Bennett) and Colombia (Laura González).
  • Top 10: Venezuela (Keysi Sayago), USA (Kára McCullough), Philippines (Rachel Peters), Canada (Lauren Howe), South Africa (Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters), Spain (Sofía del Prado), Brazil (Monalysa Alcântara), Colombia (Laura González), Thailand (Maria Poonlertlarp) and Jamaica (Davina Bennett).
  • Top 16: Thailand (Maria Poonlertlarp), Sri Lanka (Christina Peiris), Ghana (Ruth Quashie), South Africa (Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters), Spain (Sofía del Prado), Ireland (Cailín Áine Ní Toibín), Croatia (Shanaelle Petty), Great Britain (Anna Burdzy), Colombia (Laura González), USA (Kára McCullough), Brazil (Monalysa Alcântara), Canada (Lauren Howe), Philippines (Rachel Peters), Venezuela (Keysi Sayago), Jamaica (Davina Bennett) and China (Roxette Qiu).