Final year’s winner of Mrs. Planet, a attractiveness pageant for married girls, stated she would return her crown following she snatched 1 off the head of the 2021 winner of Mrs. Sri Lanka Planet, claiming that she was divorced — a violation of pageant guidelines.
Pushpika de Silva had just been crowned Mrs. Sri Lanka Planet at a pageant in Colombo, Sri Lanka, final weekend when Caroline Jurie, the 2020 Mrs. Planet winner, took the stage and announced that “there is a rule that you have to be married and not divorced.”
“So,” she stated, “I’m taking my 1st stage saying that the crown goes to the 1st runner-up.”
Ms. Jurie, 28, then pulled the crown off Ms. de Silva’s head, pulling her hair in the procedure, just before putting it on the runner-up, who was holding back tears and later on gave an acceptance speech. Ms. de Silva left the stage as Ms. Jurie, the two runners-up and Chula Padmendra, a Sri Lankan model who was also onstage, hugged. Ms. Padmendra applauded and raised her fist in the air victoriously.
The scuffle was reminiscent of the 1 at the 2009 Video Music Awards, when Kanye West stormed the stage and grabbed a microphone from Taylor Swift, who had just won ideal female video, declaring: “I’m going to allow you finish, but Beyoncé had 1 of the ideal movies of all time.”
The Mrs. Planet pageant describes itself on Facebook as “the 1st attractiveness pageant in the planet for married girls, produced in 1984.” Ms. Jurie was crowned Mrs. Planet at the 2020 pageant in Las Vegas, in accordance to the organization’s web page.
Ms. de Silva stated in a Facebook submit following the episode that she was separated and not divorced. She stated she had sustained “injuries to my skull” and was pursuing legal action towards Ms. Jurie “for the injustice and insult that has taken location.” The police arrested Ms. Jurie and Ms. Padmendra “on fees of very simple harm and criminal trigger,” BBC Information reported.
“Even although my crown has been snatched in front of all people insultfully, I will retain my head straight,” Ms. de Silva wrote.
A representative for the Mrs. Planet organization, which is primarily based in California, in accordance to its Facebook web page, referred a request for comment to “where the incident occurred, in Sri Lanka.” One particular of the pageant’s organizers, Chandimal Jayasinghe, informed BBC Information: “We are disappointed. It was a disgrace how Caroline Jurie behaved on the stage and the Mrs. Planet organization has currently begun an investigation on the matter.”
Ms. Jurie, who is Sri Lankan, stated in a video posted on Instagram that she wished to “express my dismay more than the current actions that led to controversy” and that she “only wished a honest stage.”
“Even if I have to shed the crown for the values I stand for, I think I am serving the objective that the Mrs. Planet crown stands for,” she stated just before taking off the crown.