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The audience reaction was attributed to political issues between the two nations.In August 2007, Mexican tourism officials apologized for the behavior of the audience and said that Smith is welcome back in Mexico any time.Smith then competed in the nationally televised Miss Teen USA 2002 pageant at South Padre Island, Texas, where she placed in the top ten and won the Miss Photogenic award.Of the semi-finalists, Smith placed tenth in the swimsuit competition and seventh in evening gown, finishing ninth on average.Smith won her first major pageant title in 2001 when she was crowned Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2002.
Rachel Renee Smith (born April 18, 1985) is an American actress, TV host, model and beauty pageant titleholder who won the Miss USA 2007 and who previously had competed in the Miss Teen USA 2002 pageant.
Smith was again booed by the Mexican crowd after she was announced as part of the top five while the local representative from Mexico was not.
This continued as Smith answered her final question, finishing by thanking the crowd in Spanish, which finally made the crowd cheer.
She arrived in Mexico on May 1, and along with the 77 other delegates participated in weeks of events, rehearsals and preliminary competitions prior to the final telecast.
On May 20, Smith competed in the national costume competition dressed as Elvis Presley, a costume which reflected her home state of Tennessee.