Kristhielee Caride, who reigned as Puerto Rico’s Miss Universe 2016 for four months, just lost her crown. The reason that the title was taken from Kristhielee? Caride demonstrated a combination of a bad attitude and lack of commitment, according to MSN.
The reasons for the loss of her title on Thursday were detailed by officials. Kristhielee dared to proclaim that she disliked cameras, missed some of her scheduled appearances, and in the opinion of the organization didn’t show sufficient reverence for her position. Caride took to social media to defend herself from the accusations.
“Beauty queens are not exempt from having a bad day. I allowed my feelings to get in the way of my work.”
In particular, Kristhielee upset the pageant officials by her comments during an interview with a Puerto Rican newspaper. Caride informed the journalist that she had no love for cameras and shrugged off some of the interview questions.
As national director of Miss Universe Puerto Rico, Desiree Lowry observed what happened during the interview and expressed her humiliation with the contestant’s attitude.
“I wanted the earth to swallow me,” Lowry admitted. “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.”
Adding to the frustration of officials, Caride referenced a personal issue as the reason for her behavior, vowing that it would not recur, but then did not apologize, according to Lowry. Moreover, Kristhielee declined to reschedule a physician’s appointment and instead made the decision to cancel scheduled appearances.
Caride, 24, disagreed with the decision to remove her crown from her. However, the beauty queen declared that she would surrender her sash with dignity.
Lowry subsequently held a press conference to unveil the new Miss Universe contestant, Brenda Jimenez, who admitted she was still in a state of shock.
“I still haven’t fully processed the information,” she confessed.
Although no Puerto Rico Miss Universe contestant previously has had her title removed prior to the actual contest, there has been a somewhat similar incident in the past. In 1994, Miss Puerto Rico Brenda Robles was sent packing during the actual Miss Universe contest due to her pregnancy.
However, in the case of Puerto Rico’s Miss Universe 2016, the main reason for taking away the crown from Kristhielee was given as the damage she did to the organization, according to Us Weekly.
Desiree Lowry, the director of the organization, emphasized that it was her concern for the overall group that caused the decision to be made about Caride.
“I saw the damage that she was doing and the damage that she was doing to the organization,” claimed Lowry after observing the contestant’s behavior and comments during an interview.
“I just do not like cameras,” complained Kristhielee at one point.
That remark, together with her cancellation of other press events and alleged refusal to reschedule, sufficed to take away her crown.
If all this sounds familiar (beauty queen gets crown; beauty queen loses crown), it may be due to the brouhaha caused when Steve Harvey named the wrong winner during the Miss Universe 2015 Pageant. However, Harvey had nothing to do with Caride’s title loss.
Moreover, some are insisting that Steve actually wasn’t responsible for that Miss Universe incident either, according to Fox News.
Harvey was seen in one video of the behind the scenes action following his public proclamation of the wrong winner. Steve was looking at a cue card and noting that he was looking at a teleprompter.
“The teleprompter said Miss Universe – Colombia,” Harvey pointed out.
However, on Twitter, Steve took the blame.
“I’d like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible,” declared Harvey.
No need to add Miss Puerto Rico to the list, Steve.
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