Obama had his audience in near hysterics at his final White House Correspondent's dinner on Saturday when he joked that Trump’s foreign-policy experience included highlights such as meeting with “Miss Sweden, Miss Argentina, Miss Azerbaijan.”
Trump bought Miss Universe Inc, a rival to the Miss World beauty pageant in 1996, and went on to use it as a way of boosting his own profile and that of his brands.
However Camilla Hansson, who represented Sweden at the Miss Universe pageant in 2014, has told the New York Post newspaper that she was impressed by Trump, finding him “a likeable person” with “good leadership skills”.
“He’s obviously a very successful guy,”she said. “I think he is a likeable person when you’re around him because he’s someone who takes over a room.”
“He is exactly as how you would expect, kind of a larger-than-life character,” she said.
But, she explained that she had taken Obama’s gag in good humour.
“It brought a smile to my face,” she said. “I thought it was kind of funny, but also a little derogatory obviously. [Obama] was kind of being sarcastic about me and the other women in the competition. It’s sort of important for us. But it was light-hearted. It brought a smile to my face.”
Hansson won the Miss Sweden title in 2014, and in 2013 beat two doctors, a physicist, and two Oxbridge graduates in a contest for the most “intellectually stimulating” lingerie model, winning her a contract to model for Belle Et Bonbon.
She would not, however, go so far as saying she would vote for Trump if she were American.
“I haven’t really studied his policies enough to express my views of him as a candidate, but he’s obviously got good leadership skills,” she said.