With over 90 women competing in the 2019 Miss Universe pageant, some mistakes are bound to happen. During Friday’s (Dec. 6) preliminary competition, two contestants fell during the swimsuit preliminary — and three other ones nearly followed suit but managed to catch themselves just in time.
As you can see in the video, first Miss Universe France Maeva Coucke took a tumble while showing off her two-piece G. Sonsie Swimwear, then a little while later, Miss Universe Malaysia Shweta Sekhon did the same thing. It actually looks like they fell in just about the same spot on stage, turning the corner on stage right before heading to the top of the runway.
Luckily, both women appeared to be fine. In true pageant fashion, they picked themselves up, smiled and kept right on walking. Sekhon took to Instagram Saturday morning after the preliminaries to assure everyone that she was fine and that being in the pageant was still a dream come true.
“If I were to describe last night, I would say it WAS A DREAM,” writes Sekhon. “I can relive the moment over and over again and never get bored of it! Thank you so much to each and every one of you for being so supportive and loving. And this is just the beginning.”
Miss Universe Indonesia Frederika Cull and Miss Universe Malta Teresa Ruglio also nearly took a tumble in the same exact spot, but they both managed to right themselves before they hit the deck. And Miss Universe New Zealand Diamond Langi got one of her heels stuck in her filmy cape but also managed to work herself free before falling down.
Hopefully, the main event won’t feature any ladies taking a spill — we all want everyone to be safe out there.
The 2019 Miss Universe pageant is being held in Atlanta this year. This year, Bangladesh and Equitorial Guinea making their debuts in the Miss Universe pageant. Twenty-nineteen also marks the return of Lithuania, Romania, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania; Lithuania has not competed since 2014, Sierra Leone has not competed since 2016, and the others have not competed since 2017.
Prior to the competition, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Russia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and Zambia all withdrew from the competition for various reasons.
Steve Harvey is returning to host the pageant; the talk show host famously said the wrong name when he announced the winner in 2015, crowning Miss Colombia Adriana Gutierrez, who was actually the first runner-up, instead of Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach. Harvey eventually realized his mistake and had to apologize and fix the error live on television.
The debacle didn’t stop the Miss Universe organization from asking Harvey back, however. This year is his fifth consecutive year hosting. In 2019, he’ll be joined by Vanessa Lachey and Olivia Culpo to help with backstage interviews.
The 2019 Miss Universe pageant airs live Sunday, Dec. 8 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.