Kristhielee Caride: Puerto Rico’s 2016 Miss Universe Stripped Of Crown
NEW York – Puerto Rico’s 2016 Miss Universe contestant has been stripped of her crown after she gave a glib interview saying she did not like or having her picture taken.
As reported by TMZ, Kristhielee Caride shocked competition officials when she dismissively said she was sick of life in the limelight.
She told a Puerto Rican newspaper in the interview that has not been published ‘I just do not like cameras.’
Because being in the limelight is very much a beauty queen’s job, horrified officials gave Caride the axe.
Desiree Lowry, national director of Miss Universe Puerto Rico, was present during the controversial interview.
She said: ‘I wanted the earth to swallow me. You always have to put your best face forward, it’s a given that we are going to be in front of cameras and that we have to answer all types of questions.
However, the pageant boss had seen and heard enough and cancelled the queen’s other media appearances.
Caride only won her crown four months ago but she will no longer compete for Puerto Rico in the beauty competition and has been replaced by fellow hopeful Brenda Jimenez.
The decision marks the first time a Puerto Rico Miss Universe contestant has lost her crown before the big event is held.
Miss Puerto Rico 1994, Brenda Robles, was dismissed during that year’s Miss Universe contest because she was pregnant.
Defending herself in a lengthy Facebook post on Thursday, Caride said ‘I allowed my feelings to get in the way of my work.’
‘I would like to express my most sincere apologies to each and every one of my fans first of all those who have supported me from the first moment, to my work team and the organisation of miss universe Puerto Rico.
‘It was never my intention to make you feel bad, hurting or damaging the image of those who have helped me to be where I am today.’
She went on to explain that she hands over her winner’s sash with dignity, despite not agreeing with the decision to dethrone her.
Brenda Jimenez, was presented as Puerto Rico’s new contestant at a press conference in the capital of San Juan on Thursday.