Reigning Miss Universe on tour in Israel, says pageant is not a political move

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Andrea Meza from Mexico says she has no problem with contest held in Israel

The reigning Miss Universe, Andrea Meza from Mexico, toured Israel, saying the pageant should not be politicized.

The 70th Miss Universe pageant will be held in Eilat, Israel on December 12, causing pressure on contestants to drop out.

The South African government has given its support to its candidate, Lalela Mswane, for her decision to attend the contest. Malaysia announced that it would not send a candidate, however, it cited Covid as its reasoning.

“Everyone with different beliefs, different backgrounds, different cultures, they all come together and when you’re in there you forget politics, your religion,” Meza said. The Associated Press before a tour of the Old City of Jerusalem.

“It’s just about kissing other women.”

Meza, a software engineer, said she didn’t blame the women who wanted out of this year’s competition. She said she had no problem with holding the contest in Israel, according to PA.

“Yes, I saw comments on social networks” The post of Jerusalem she reported saying. “But Mexico and Israel have a good relationship…Miss Universe is not a political or religious movement.”

When asked about a solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, she said she did not believe in violence and that communication was key, PA reported.

“People have to compromise and I really hope we can achieve that through talking and talking,” she said.

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