Miss Universe Competition Features All-Female Panel of Judges for First Time Ever

Inside Edition caught up with the current Miss Universe, who praised Miss USA and called her a "powerful force."

The preliminaries are underway for this weekend's Miss Universe pageant in Thailand. 

Ninety-four beauty queens from around the world are competing for the crown and for the first time ever, an all-female panel of judges will decide their fate. 

The seven judges are made up of entrepreneurs, business leaders, and former Miss Universes. 

Inside Edition caught up with the current Miss Universe, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa, and Miss USA, Sarah Rose Summers, who is competing for the crown.

“This woman is such a power woman,” Nel-Peters said of Rose Summers. “[She is] such a powerful force, I know she'll do so well.”

Miss USA is also apologizing after video emerged of her mocking Miss Vietnam and Miss Cambodia for not speaking English. 

“In a moment when I intended to admire the courage of a few of my sisters, I said something that I now realize can be perceived as not respectful, and I apologize,” she wrote on Instagram.

Miss Universe will air Sunday night on FOX.