Most beauty pageant entrants say they want to see world peace. And the current Miss Universe now has the opportunity to help stop fighting in her home country of Columbia after being invited to peace talks by Marxist FARC rebels. Newly-crowned Miss Universe, 22-year-old Paulina Vega, has been asked to peace negotiations between the FARC and the Columbian government, in a bid to end 50 years of fighting.

The business student from Barranquilla in the north of the country had previously said in interviews that she would be willing to travel to the talks. And in a statement posted on their website, the FARC confirmed they had asked her along to negotiations, taking place in Cuba.

The statement said: ‘We have read with interest your desire to contribute with your good work to reaching peace. ‘We salute your willingness to travel to Havana, at this time we invite you to make a visit.’

The FARC did not say how Miss Vega’s input would help advance the peace talks and it is unclear whether she will take up their invitation. Miss Vega, a relative pageant newcomer, was crowned Miss Universe last month, beating contestants from more than 80 other countries at the event in Miami. She said she would wear the crown with ‘pride and excitement’ as she heard the news that fans in Colombia had taken to the streets to celebrate.

But her victory wasn’t without controversy as instead of the usual cheering, the audience erupted into boos of disapproval as favourite-to-win Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell only made it to fifth place. Shortly after Miss Fennell, 22, left the stage in the 63rd annual contest, her name began trending on Twitter along with the hashtag #MissJamaicaShouldHaveWon… see more

source: dailymail UK