Miss Universe officials say they have had to warn Miss Colombia contestant Catalina Robayo to keep her pants on.
Miss Robayo, 22, allegedly wore short skirts without underwear at media events in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where the contest is being held.
“Colombia had to be spoken to and told she needed to wear underpants as what she was doing was totally inappropriate,” a source told Fox News.
Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organisation (MUO), said she was floored when she heard about the allegations.
“There were several girls in short dresses which was a little concerning, but when I saw the picture on the front page of one of the local papers, I was very, very surprised,” she said.
“Our supervisors talked to all of the contestants about dressing appropriately, and one of our PR people spoke to her (Miss Robayo) and apparently she said she was wearing underwear.”
The row comes as the contest was rocked by another controversy after officials had to return official swimsuit bikini bottoms because they were too revealing for television.
“It looks like we have rectified the issue, and the costumes were beautiful, but being by a Brazilian designer they were definitely a lot smaller than we’re used to or most of the contestants are used to,” Ms Shugart explained.
by Arthur Furrowfield