Es una pregunta muy dificil

Miss Universe, Paulina Vega



It’s the Spanish for “the question is so difficult” and it has been making rounds within the Spanish speaking countries a few weeks back. Asked on what women can learn from men, Miss Colombia and now Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega replied in what could be a rough equivalent of “that’s a tough one” ala Miss Rhode Island of the famous film Miss Congeniality.

The counter question of Paulina Vega has been the subject of jokes around the Hispanidad. One Youtube video even dedicated a song for it with lyrics asking questions that are mostly political, social and economic issues and then followed by – you guessed it – es una pregunta muy dificil!

Joke if they must but the conclusion of Miss Universe 2014 suggests that the pageant is heading into a different direction. That no one in the top five nailed the two questions and with Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennel being the more acceptable one yet ranked the lowest, means the Miss Universe Q&A is no longer a deal breaker.

Of course, any decent missosologist can tell you that the importance of final Q&A had sailed a long time ago. Back in the 90s, the final question was the ultimate determinant on who wins the crown. That is why we have seen those witty quotable quotes of Sushmita Sen, Lara Dutta, Wendy Fitzwilliam among others. It is also the reason why the likes of Miriam Quiambao settled for first runner-up. Well in fact, Miriam was consistently ranked higher than Mpule but the final Q&A changes all that. Compare that to the results of Miss Universe 2012 where Janine Tugonon gave the best final answer but she was relegated to the first runner-up position.

The judging rule to determine the winner is simple – it is about the final question plus everything that judges saw that night. But on which one will be given emphasis is a vague business and in the 90s the judges gave premium to witty answers but now, they don’t. Well in fact the 63rd Miss Universe saw the worst Q&A in recent memory. It was a painful realization how the priorities of Miss Universe have dramatically changed. The biggest question now is – will this mark the era where dumb beauties triumph and thus perpetuate the supposed wrong notions of beauty pageants? Well, as it seems es una pregunta muy dificil…