The cat fights at the Miss World contest got extra ugly when Miss USA and Miss Australia mocked other contestants for having what they called a poor grasp of the English language and also mocked their accents.
Miss USA, Sarah Rose Summers, was quick to apologise after realising her comments may have come across as offensive, although her original live video post had been liked more than 46,000 times.
Ms Summers had said contestant H’Hen Nie, Miss Vietnam, is “so cute and she pretends to know so much English and then you ask her a question after having a whole conversation with her and she (nods and smiles).”
She added: “Miss Cambodia is here and doesn’t speak any English, and not a single other person speaks her language.
“Can you imagine? Francesca (Miss Australia) said that would be so isolating and I said yes and just confusing all the time,” Summers said. “Poor Cambodia.”
In her apology, which received more than 24,000 likes, Ms Summers said she would “never intend to hurt another.”
The three beauty contestants from Cambodia, USA and Vietnam have since had a discussion about what was said on Instagram.
Miss Summers added that it was also important to remember that the Miss Universe contest was an opportunity for women around the world to learn about other cultures and life experiences.