Remember the name Zoey Ivory – the chances are we haven’t seen the last of the Miss Universe contestant just yet.
Competing at the event as the reigning Miss Netherlands the super-hot 23-year-old found an extra-special way to stand out from the crowd during the 65th incarnation of the completion.
Ivory became an overnight sensation after one eagle-eyed audience member caught her letting her hair down while dancing to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.”
Thanks everyone for all the sweet messages and love I'm still getting! The girl with the natural curls and tattoos who does crazy dances to "Single Ladies" unfortunately didn't make it to the #Top13 of #MissUniverse. But I'll make the top of something else that comes on my path ❤ This was not my destiny, but an experience I can add to my journey! My time in the #Philippines was indescribable and I will find it hard to leave you all! ❤ I didn't win the crown, but I hope that I've won your hearts ❤ Thanks everyone, keep loving yourself AND SEE YOU AT THE AFTERPARTYYYY ????????????????? #alllllthesingleladiessss #LETSDANCE #YOUBETTERBETHERE!!! ?? ?? #zoeyivory #missnetherlands #missuniverse #missuniversenetherlands #itsmorefuninthephilippines
The video, posted to Facebook by Aen Macapagal, subsequently went viral, accumulating over 23,000,000 views to date.
All of a sudden, much of the post-awards focus fell on Zoey Ivory, rather than the actual winner of Miss Universe.
Speaking to ABS-CBN News, however, Ivory claimed she was caught completely unaware by the recording…well, at first at least.
“They said we can relax during the rehearsal so when I heard the music I was just being me,” she said.
Skipping breakfast this morning to sleep some more. ? (Breakfast is my fav, so imagine how tired I am ?) This evening flying back to The Netherlands..I'll miss you guys!! (and this bed!) AND THE WARM WEATHER ☹️? #missnederland #missnetherlands #missuniverse #conradmanila #zoeyivory #powernaps #itsmorefuninthephilippines (so true)
“At first I didn’t even notice that people were looking at me. Then I started to hear the cheering and then I said, ‘Oh my God, people are looking at me.’ The I went a little more full out.”
A professional model and dancer, the viral hit could be the start of big things for the Almere born star.
Already something of a force on Instagram, Ivory has accumulated over 43,000 followers to date, with that number only likely to increase.
This could be the start of big things for the Dutch star – you heard it here first.