Just as the newly crowned Mrs. Sri Lanka, Pushpika De Silva blew kisses and waved to the crowd, her crown was snatched!
The event was plunged into beauty queen chaos as Caroline Jurie, who won the pageant in 2019 and the Mrs. World competition in 2020 tried to take her crown!
Jurie called the winner a divorcée and tried to wrestle back the crown she had just put on De Silva’s head moments earlier announcing,
“There is a rule that you all have to be married and not divorced.”
A stunned De Silva winced in pain as the tiara became entangled her long hair.
A statement released by Mrs. Sri Lanka World on Monday condemned Jurie’s behavior, and confirmed that De Silva was indeed the proper winner. The organization does require contestants to be married. Winners go on to compete in Mrs. World, a global pageant for married women.
The organizers’ statement said.
“Let it be known, Mrs. World Inc. does not sit in moral judgment. If the delegate sent by Mrs. Sri Lanka-World to compete in the international competition is legally married she will be accepted.”
On Facebook after the incident, De Silva referred to herself as an “undivorced woman” and said that while her and her partner were currently separated, they remained married. She said the dramatic turn of events over the weekend had been “unexpected,” and later said had forgiven those who wronged her as she was crowned.
“Nothing can be won by hate.”
But Sri Lanka’s beauty queen is not the only woman to lose her crown in recent days. Papua New Guinea’s Miss World winner Lucy Maino, who also represented the country as co-captain of the 2019 national team, was let go from her role after sharing a video to TikTok twerking.
Caroline Jurie was arrested after the beauty pageant finalé.