Valeria Morales, 20, is Miss Colombia 2018. She was crowned Miss Colombia on September 30, 2018, succeeding Miss Universe 2017 1st Runner-up Laura González.
In the lead up to the 2018 Miss Universe contest on Sunday, December 16, Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers, Miss Colombia Valeria Morales, and Miss Australia Francesca Hung posted a video that has been perceived as insensitive, as they discussed Miss Cambodia and Miss Vietnam’s inability to speak English.
“Miss Cambodia is here and doesn’t speak any English and not a single other person speaks her language. Could you imagine? Like Francesca said, that would be so isolating and I said yes. And I mean, just so confusing all the time. …Poor Cambodia,” they can be heard saying in the video.
Additionally, the three women can be heard saying that Miss Vietnam “pretends to know so much English” before Miss USA appears to mimic her smile.
Valeria Morales, one of the women in the video, served as Miss Colombia in 2018. Morales was born on January 2, 1998, in Cali, Colombia. She is a Social Communication student at Broward College, in Florida and is the owner of Professional Models Fashion Academy.
Miss Colombia, Miss USA, and Miss Australia have all since apologized for their insensitive behavior. All three competed in the 2018 Miss Universe competition, which was held on Sunday, December 16, and aired on FOX in the United States.