Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, didn’t win Sunday night’s Miss USA pageant after botching her interview question, but she did create one of the most viral video momnet in years.
In the interview portion of the competition for the final five contestants, the 21-year-old awkwardly responded to judge NeNe Leakes’s question about income inequality. Her response contains the now-infamous phrase, “create education better.”
Powell, who finished the evening as third runner-up and Miss Photogenic, was given a shot at redemption on the Today show on Tuesday.
Anchor Matt Lauer asks her the question again, to which she replies: “So this is not OK. It needs to be equal pay for equal work, and it’s hard enough already to earn a living, and it shouldn’t be harder just because you’re a woman.”
Powell conceded that her nerves got the better of her on Sunday, and she answered the question without thinking.
Gotta ask though – is it weird that the winner, Miss USA, doesn’t look at Powell once she’s onset? Or is it just me?