The Mrs Sri Lanka magnificence pageant descended into chaos on the weekend when a former title holder declared that the winner was ineligible as a result of she was divorced, and forcibly eliminated her crown.
A video of the Sunday occasion opened with the 2019 winner of the competitors and reigning Mrs World, Caroline Jurie, talking to the viewers shortly after the winner and runners-up have been introduced in Colombo.
“There is a rule that you have to be married and not divorced, so I am taking my first steps, saying that the crown goes to the first runner-up,” Jurie mentioned, earlier than strolling throughout the stage to take away the crown from Pushpika De Silva, standing with a bouquet of flowers in her arms.
Jurie began pulling out hairpins from De Silva’s hair, managed to take away the crown and positioned it on the pinnacle of the competitors’s runner-up, as De Silva left the stage. Celebratory music performed within the background all through the incident.
In a Facebook publish on Monday, De Silva mentioned she was not divorced however separated, writing in Sinhala: “If I wasn’t fit at the beginning of this tournament they could have removed me.”
The prize was returned to her on Tuesday at a information convention, after pageant organisers confirmed she was not a divorcee. They have additionally apologised to her.
The winner of the Mrs Sri Lanka contest goes on to compete within the Mrs World contest. Jurie, who received that competitors in 2020 in Las Vegas, couldn’t instantly be reached for remark by way of her social media pages.
The official Mrs. World Instagram account acknowledged De Silva’s victory in a quick publish along with her photograph on Tuesday.
“A true queen is not a woman who snatches another woman’s crown, but a woman who secretly sets another woman’s crown!!” De Silva mentioned in her publish.
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