Beauty queen stumbles over Korea crisis

Last Updated: Nov 26, 2010, 15:06 PM IST

Caracas: Venezuela`s former Miss Universe Alicia Machado closed her Twitter account after being mocked for confusing the Korea with China.

Concerned by North Korea`s artillery attack on a South Korean island, the 1996 beauty queen winner got muddled when tweeting for world peace via her @aliciamachado77 account.

"Tonight I want to ask you to join me in a prayer for peace, that these attacks between the Chinas do not make our situation worse," she wrote late on Tuesday.

Her gaffe unleashed a rush of insulting posts, prompting her to go offline. "I now have a lot of psychopaths on the account and it`s best I start another one, kisses," she signed off, according to Venezuelan media.

Machado is no stranger to unwelcome attention.

She caused a media furor by gaining 22 pounds (10 kg) right after her 1996 triumph and Miss Universe organization president Donald Trump called her an "eating machine."

Bureau Report