Miss Universe used to be Miss America’s pageant step-sister to those of us in the states, but after Steve Harvey’s hosting mistake heard around the world, it’s the pageant that everyone is talking about.
Even though the next international Miss Universe pageant won’t take place until December 2016 or so, there’s already controversy surrounding Miss Puerto Rico, Kristhielee Caride.
Apparently, Kristhielee was stripped of her crown and Miss Puerto Rico title because she had a bit of an attitude during a recent interview with a local newspaper. Apparently saying that you don’t like the cameras is not very pageant girl-esque.
“I wanted the earth to swallow me,” Desiree Lowry, national director of Miss Universe Puerto Rico, said of the interview. “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.”
Not dramatic at all, Desiree. Got to love these beauty contests – ahem – scholarship programs.
Kristhielee did apologize and blamed it on simply having a bad day, but pageant officials claim she also canceled other appearances and wouldn’t reschedule them. So many this pageant queen thing just wasn’t up her alley?
In a Facebook post shared Thursday (that was soon after deleted), Kristhielee announced that she had handed in her sash with dignity.
“I would like to express my most sincere apologies to each and every one of my fans, to my work team and the organization 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 wrote. “It is human to err, it is also brave [to] acknowledge mistakes and I want to continue being an example of a real woman with a purpose.”
The Miss Puerto Rico title now belongs to 20-year-old Brenda Jiminez, the pageant’s first runner-up. Hopefully she’s more suited for life in front of the cameras, even if it does result in Steve Harvey embarrassing her on television while the entire world is watching.