Miss Universe Officials to Miss Colombia: Keep Your Panties On!

Another year, another controversy strikes Donald Trump's annual beauty contest

By Josh Grossberg Sep 07, 2011 7:16 PMTags
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Has Miss Colombia been uncovered as Miss Commando?

We know it's steamy down there in Brazil—and probably even more so in the run-up to Donald Trump's annual Miss Universe Pageant, set for São Paulo on Sept. 12. But one contestant has apparently been taking this whole "keeping cool" thing a little too far: Miss Colombia has been going sans panties at official appearances.

And wouldn't you know, the wardrobe malfunction has sparked a media firestorm!

Foxnews.com reported Monday that among the 89 beauties from around the world, Colombia's reigning beauty queen, 22-year-old Catalina Robayo, has been turning heads by wearing mini-skirts without any undies underneath.

"Colombia had to be spoken to and told she needed to wear underpants, as what she was doing was totally inappropriate," an insider told the website. "People have been pretty upset by it; there have been photos and media appearances where she has completely had her crotch out."

Various photos have been circulating on the Web of Robayo; consequently, officials at the Miss Universe Organization gave a, um, dressing down to the Latin lovely.

"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," said the organization's president, Paula Shugart.

No doubt the Donald is smiling at the (panty-)free publicity.

But that wasn't the only scandal. Pageant officials also were compelled to return bikini bottoms from sponsor Catalina Brasil Swimwear after they were ruled too skimpy for network television. (It's Brazil, people, what did you expect?!) The company has since added some material to the pieces and all is well.

Reps for Miss Universe tell E! News that reports about Miss Colombia going without underwear and the bikini bottoms having to be sent back were accurate, but refused to comment further.

The Miss Universe Pageant airs on NBC next Monday night at 9 p.m.