Ms Ireland crowned Ms World after controversy which saw previous winner arrested


After the controversy that prompted reigning Ms World to resign, Kate Schneider of Ireland was crowned the new winner.

Ms World Inc. said she received Caroline Jurie’s resignation after forcibly removing the crown from a candidate’s head from Ms Sri Lanka during the beauty pageant. This action prompted the organization to crown the first runner-up, Ms. Ireland, the new Ms. World 2020.

Ms. World’s Facebook, a beauty pageant for married women, posted a photo of Schneider with the title Ms. World.

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Jurie relinquished her title earlier this month, while defending her decision to remove the crown from the head of this year’s Ms. Sri Lanka title holder Pushpika De Silva, who she said was not not qualified to enter the April 4 competition because she was divorced. .

De Silva said she was separated, but not divorced, from her husband.

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“Being apart is one. Divorce is something else,” she said on Facebook.

Ms World 2019 Caroline Jurie, center, leaves a police station after obtaining bail in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Jurie's decision to remove the crown from the winning candidate Ms Sri Lanka on stage moments after the winner was announced, due to allegations she was divorced, sparked widespread condemnation on social media.  Winner Pushpika de Silva who was crowned again later complained to police that her head was injured when the clips to her crown were removed by Jurie.

Ms World 2019 Caroline Jurie, center, leaves a police station after obtaining bail in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Jurie’s decision to remove the crown from the winning candidate Ms Sri Lanka on stage moments after the winner was announced, due to allegations she was divorced, sparked widespread condemnation on social media. Winner Pushpika de Silva who was crowned again later complained to police that her head was injured when the clips to her crown were removed by Jurie.
(AP Photo / Eranga Jayawardena)

Jurie, who is also Sri Lankan, was accused of injuring De Silva during the television contest. Four days later, she was arrested on charges of “simple injury and criminal force” and then released on bail.

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Jurie said she stood against “injustice” and that the contest was “tainted”. She said she wanted to make sure that every candidate had an equal chance.

Ms World Inc. said in a statement Tuesday that “Jurie’s decision to voluntarily resign was made solely by Caroline herself.”

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The incident with the contest, which the Prime Minister’s wife attended, created an uproar in Sri Lanka, which will host Ms. World’s final event this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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