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Miss California pokes fun at herself after flubbing answer during pageant

Hours after Miss California flubbed an answer during the Miss USA 2016 pageant, the 20-year-old model was able to laugh at herself in a playful video on Instagram.

Nadia Mejia and Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough performed a fun spin of the group's 1999 hit, 'I Want It That Way,' replacing a lyric or two (or three), poking fun at the beauty queen's minor mishap on stage.

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Mejia got a little tripped up when fashion photographer Nigel Barker asked about economic inequality in America, "How do we narrow the gap between the rich and the poor?"

After nearly 10 seconds of uncomfortable silence and shifty eye contact, she began to answer.

"When it comes to social and economic equality, I think that the rich and the poor need to stop being so segregated."

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Miss California USA 2016 Nadia Mejia (R) competes in the interview portion as hosts Terrence J (L) and Julianne Hough (C) speak onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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That was a fair start. We feel for you, Miss California. It has to be hard standing on stage, knowing that millions (dare I repeat, MILLIONS) of eyeballs are watching this moment.

"I think there is a middle class. I think that the rich need to..." she paused.

Mejia soon realized she was running out of time to answer that loaded question.

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Miss California USA 2016 Nadia Mejia stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

After a deep breath, she continued, "I think that the rich need to be able to be giving and I think the poor need to work hard and I think the middle class need to come together and find an in-between."

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Rather than lashing out at pesky internet trolls who were quick to criticize the mistake, Mejia made light of the situation and posted the playful video to her Instagram.

In the end, Mejia says, "Why can't the USA see, I don't know about the economy?"

For her positivity and ability to gracefully poke fun at her mistake, we give this queen two thumbs up!

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