Puerto Rico-born beauty queen Zuleyka Rivera has responded to the haters who have been criticizing her appearance at the 2018 Grammys.
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The 60th Annual Grammy Awards took place on Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Madison Square Gardens in New York City. It featured performances from some of the hottest artists from the past year. Of course, the guys behind the Spanish-language dance tune "Despacito" had to perform.
For their appearance, they invited Rivera, who won Miss Universe in 2006, to dance onstage in front of millions of viewers watching from their homes. Wearing a slinky nude bodysuit with gold accents and tassels, the beauty queen twirled and sashayed while the duo sang their massive hit.
Rivera's appearance and participation were short and quick, but it was met with criticism. Some viewers did not like her one-piece.
"She's almost naked," tweeted one viewer. One, Billboard reported, even resorted to calling her "old b****" whose performance does not inspire Latino pride.
— Lexie Lopez-Mayo (@lexlomay) January 29, 2018
Why is Zuleyka Rivera "hitting" the Grammy stage? — Karli (@karlihenriquez) January 29, 2018
I take attacks on Despacito personally. Also, Zuleyka Rivera is my queen but what was that? #GRAMMYs
— Valentina Fernandez (@valedfernan) January 29, 2018
I take attacks on Despacito personally. Also, Zuleyka Rivera is my queen but what was that? #GRAMMYs — Valentina Fernandez (@valedfernan) January 29, 2018
The comments were scathing, but the beauty queen is unfazed. On a post on Instagram, she celebrated her performance with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee at the music event. Never mind the haters.
"The day that all of those who gave criticism step on a Grammy stage, then their opinions will count. Until then, stay looking pretty sitting in front of the television screen," she stated. "Joy and satisfaction, that's how I describe my feeling in this instant. Last night was another memorable moment in my life where the eyes of the world were focused on Puerto Rico. An island that has suffered like never before this past year but keeps bringing talent and joy to the rest of the world through art."
Rivera's appearance at the Grammys does not come as a surprise. The model also appeared in the music video for "Despacito," which broke records to become the most-viewed video in the history of YouTube with 4.7 billion views and counting.
Despite the negative criticism, there were also supportive comments about Rivera and her performance. Moreover, "Despacito" was a trending topic on Sunday night as Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee were nominated to three categories and went home with zero awards.
I have the biggest woman crush on @Zuleyka_Rivera
— Maria (@Mariaaa143) January 31, 2018
@Zuleyka_Rivera just broke the internet & she even ain't a Kardashian pic.twitter.com/4FKoafefe9 — DEV (@_devaneyandrea) January 25, 2018
not sure why @Zuleyka_Rivera is trending but let me tell you that she made me the proudest Puerto Rican when i was a little girl when she won Miss Universe. I will never forget that moment.
— mel (@MeldakYellow) January 25, 2018
not sure why @Zuleyka_Rivera is trending but let me tell you that she made me the proudest Puerto Rican when i was a little girl when she won Miss Universe. I will never forget that moment. — mel (@MeldakYellow) January 25, 2018