She may not know about the economy, but Miss USA contestant Nadia Mejia does know how to laugh about it.
After botching a pageant interview question on the country's wealth disparity Sunday in Las Vegas, Miss California Mejia, the 20-year-old daughter of "Rico Suave" singer Gerardo, posted an Instagram Monday that pokes fun at her stumbling answer. The clip features her singing "I don't know about the economy" to the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" -- while accompanied by former Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough.
Nobody expects pageant contestants to solve society's ills in a sound bite, but Mejia's improvising during the competition didn't go well at all.
Asked how to close the gap between rich and poor, she delayed at first, then conjured this: "When it comes to social and economic equality, I think that the rich and the poor need to stop being so segregated. I think there is a middle class. I think that the rich need to ... [uncomfortable pause] ... I think the rich need to be able to be giving and the poor need to work hard and I think the middle class needs to work hard and find an in-between."
Yep, it was that awkward. Check it out here:
H/T Associated Press