SAO PAULO -- Former Miss Brazil Adalgisa Colombo said this year's Miss Universe pageant, won by Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez, was "rigged" in favor of Venezuela, which has taken the last two titles.
"It was rigged. The contest was very dumb, very commercial, with the special interests of (U.S. developer and pageant co-owner) Donald Trump, who must have interests in Venezuela," Colombo told the O Globo newspaper's online edition.
Colombo, who was Miss Brazil 1958, said her country's representative this year, Larissa Costa, was one of the favorites and should have been one of the 10 semifinalists, but she did not even make the final 15.
The former beauty queen said her favorite contestant in this year's pageant was Miss Dominican Republic Ada Aimee de la Cruz, who made it to the final three.
The Miss Universe contest ended Aug. 23 in Nassau, Bahamas, with Venezuela becoming the first country to take the title two years in a row. Miss Brazil 2008, Larissa Costa