Miss Universe Andrea Meza says ‘forget about politics’ as pageant goes to Israel


Reigning Miss Universe Andrea Meza is calling for contestants to separate politics from the long-running beauty pageant ahead of the December 12 event to be held in the resort of Eilat in Israel.

Pressure has been mounting on some contestants participating in the pageant, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, to drop out in solidarity with Palestinians.

“Everyone with different beliefs, with different backgrounds, with different cultures, they all come together and when you are in there, you forget about politics, about your religion,” Meza, who was crowned Miss Mexico last year, told The Associated Press ahead of a tour of Jerusalem’s Old City. “It’s just about embracing other women.”

Meza’s comments come following the withdrawal of Miss Greece Rafaela Plastira in October.

“I will not be attending Miss Universe this year. The reason for that is the country. I am absolutely not disrespecting the country. I love all countries from all over…

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