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Bolivia’s Miss Universe representative sued for ‘racist and discriminatory’ remarks

Bolivia’s representative for the Miss Universe pageant can look in from the outside.

A local city council is trying to ban the 23-year-old model from the competition after he posted comments on her Instagram account that were considered disparaging to other contestants.

The office of the mayor of the southern city of Potosí filed a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General of the South American nation, accusing María Fernanda Pavisic of discrimination and racism.

The Potosí city government also wants her Miss Bolivia title revoked.

Miss Bolivia María Fernanda Pavicic has come under fire after she posted a video to Instagram last week in which she called Miss Paraguay, Miss Brazil and Miss El Salvador “old ladies” and said Miss Venezuela and Miss Peru looked like “transsexuals.” In the video clip, the 23-year-old model and psychology student referred to Miss Argentina ‘Miss Potosí’ – Potosí is a city in southern Bolivia. The mayor’s office of the municipality filed a complaint with the South American Office of the Attorney General, accusing her of discrimination and racism

Miss Bolivia María Fernanda Pavic will represent the South American country in the Miss Universe 2023 pageant, which will take place in New Orleans on January 4

Miss Bolivia María Fernanda Pavic will represent the South American country in the Miss Universe 2023 pageant, which will take place in New Orleans on January 4

Miss Bolivia María Fernanda Pavic will represent the South American country in the Miss Universe 2023 pageant, which will take place in New Orleans on January 4

Pavic posted a video to her Instagram stories last week criticizing several candidates she is up against in the Miss Universe 2023 contest, which is scheduled for January 4 in New Orleans.

She called Miss Paraguay, Miss Brazil and Miss El Salvador “old ladies” and claimed that the beauty queens representing Ecuador, Aruba and Curaçao all belong in the “thanks for participating” category.

Pavisic called Miss Argentina ‘Miss Potosí’ and said that Miss Venezuela and Miss Peru looked like ‘transsexuals’.

Miss Peru, Gianella Paz, was one of the Miss Universe hopefuls who received disparaging remarks from Miss Bolivia, María Fernanda, Pavisic. The Bolivian beauty queen took to Instagram to say that Paz was part of the “thank you for participating” group

Miss Venezuela, Luiseth Materan, was one of the Miss Universe contestants criticized by Miss Bolivia, María Fernanda Pavic, who said she and Miss Peru looked like “transsexuals.” The comment was made in a video posted to Instagram by Pavisic last week. The office of the mayor of the southern Bolivian city of Potosí filed a criminal complaint with the country’s Attorney General’s Office, accusing her Pavisic of discrimination and racism

During a video recording intended to be used as a "social experiment," Miss Bolivia, María Fernanda Pavisic, said that Miss Curaçao, Chantal Wiertz, belonged to the Miss Universe 2023 'thank you for participating' category

During a video recording intended to be used as a "social experiment," Miss Bolivia, María Fernanda Pavisic, said that Miss Curaçao, Chantal Wiertz, belonged to the Miss Universe 2023 'thank you for participating' category

During a video recording intended to be used as a “social experiment,” Miss Bolivia, María Fernanda Pavic, said that Miss Curaçao, Chantal Wiertz, belonged to the Miss Universe 2023 “thank you for participating” category

Miss Ecuador, Susan Toledo (pictured), according to Miss Bolivia, María Fernanda Pavisic (not pictured), would be part of the “thanks for participating” category if the Miss Universe pageant had one. The comment was made in a video posted to Instagram by Pavisic last week. The office of the mayor of the southern Bolivian city of Potosí filed a criminal complaint with the country’s Attorney General’s Office, accusing her Pavisic of discrimination and racism

Pavic, who is from the Santa Cruz region, then posted a video apologizing to participants, saying her original comments were part of a “social experiment.”

“There have been many misses in Bolivia, but my intention was always to bring about change. For a long time I have been publishing positive content, self-love, working on my social project and showing my culture,” she wrote on Instagram.

Pavic said the purpose of her video was to show that social media users always tend to share content that is perceived as negative rather than posts with a positive message.

“People decide to support the negative, but I risked everything to leave a message. I’ve always said it doesn’t matter what people say about you but what you think of yourself and this is clear proof that the last thing that matters is the comments but I do care about a change or at least get people who see this video and start thinking!’ she wrote.

Miss Bolivia María Fernanda Pavisic apologized for her comments on Instagram and said the music video was part of a "social experiment" that was meant to show that social media users tend to post/share more negative content than positive ones

Miss Bolivia María Fernanda Pavisic apologized for her comments on Instagram and said the music video was part of a "social experiment" that was meant to show that social media users tend to post/share more negative content than positive ones

Miss Bolivia María Fernanda Pavic apologized for her comments on Instagram, saying the video clip was part of a “social experiment” designed to show that social media users are more likely to post/share negative content than positive

Pavic added when posting the video that it was not her intention to “make derogatory remarks (there are no insults) to try to cause as little harm as possible to the candidates, and once again I apologize because I’m not the one who judges them’. make jokes’ or give them a hard time (like nobody should).’

Despite her sincere apology, the Potosian authorities found it insufficient.

“She has belittled the Potosian woman. She has no merit or morals to represent Bolivia in an international competition,” Potosí mayoral adviser Richard Alejo told The Associated Press.

Roxana Graz, head of the citizens’ committee of Potosí, called on Promociones Gloria, who is responsible for the Miss Universe franchise in Bolivia, to remove Pavisic as Miss Bolivia.

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