Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers has a sunny outlook on her future.
The 24-year-old magnificence queen from Nebraska is engaged to her longtime boyfriend Connor Combs, who proposed the identical night time she moved on to the semi-finals of Miss Universe pageant in Thailand, on Dec. 17.
“I knew Thailand would change my life, however what I didn’t notice was that it could even be the place I start a brand new lifelong journey,” she shared on Instagram, captioning a photograph with Combs.
“On Dec 17, not solely did I symbolize my nation on a world stage, however I additionally mentioned sure to without end with my finest buddy. I can’t cease hugging on my fiancé, observing my ring, and smiling fascinated about it.”
The engagement comes after Summers was slammed for feedback caught on video about Miss Vietnam H’Hen Niê and Miss Cambodia Rern Sinat not understanding English.
In a video captured by Miss Colombia Valeria Morales, Summers requested after which answered, “What do you consider Miss Vietnam Nie?”
“She’s so cute and he or she pretends to know a lot English, and you then ask her a query after having an entire dialog together with her and he or she goes [smiles and nods],” Summers mentioned, chuckling. She added, “She’s lovable.”
Summers repeated her impression of Nie upon Morales’ request.
Later within the video, Summers expressed sympathy for Rern not figuring out English.
“Miss Cambodia is right here and would not communicate any English and never a single different particular person speaks her language. Are you able to think about? [Miss Australia] Francesca [Hung] mentioned ‘that might be so isolating,’ and I mentioned, ‘Sure, and simply complicated on a regular basis.’ Poor Cambodia.”
Summers instantly sparked backlash over her remarks on social media. Many had been upset not simply at Summers’ phrases and actions, but additionally at how she portrayed America on the worldwide stage.
Reps for Miss Universe declined Fox Information’ request for remark on the time, however Summers spoke out in a contrite assertion on Instagram — accompanied by a photograph of herself, Rern and Niê in a gaggle hug with another contestants.
“@MissUniverse is a chance for ladies from around the globe to find out about one another’s cultures, life experiences, and views. All of us come from totally different backgrounds and might develop alongside each other,” she wrote.
“In a second the place I supposed to admire the braveness of some of my sisters, I mentioned one thing that I now notice could be perceived as not respectful, and I apologize. My life, friendships, and profession revolve round me being a compassionate and empathetic lady,” she continued. “I might by no means intend to harm one other. I’m grateful for alternatives to talk with Nat, Miss Cambodia, and H’Hen, Miss Vietnam, immediately about this expertise. These are the moments that matter most to me.”