Mrs Ireland crowned Mrs World after a controversy that caused the previous winner to be arrested

After the controversy prompted the current holder of the title of Mrs. World to resign, Kate Schneider of Ireland was crowned the new winner.

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

Mrs. World’s Facebook, beauty contest for married women, published a photo of Schneider with the title of Mrs. World.

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Jurie resigned from the title earlier this month, while defending her decision to remove the crown from the head of this year’s title holder, Ms. Sri Lanka, Pushpika De Silva, who she claimed was not qualified to participate in the April 4 contest. because I was divorced.

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

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“Being separated is one thing. Divorce is another thing,” she said on Facebook.

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

Jurie, who is also from Sri Lanka, was accused of injuring De Silva in the televised contest. Four days later, she was arrested on charges of “simple injury and use of criminal force” and later released on bail.

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Jurie said she was opposing “injustice” and that the contest was “tainted”. She said she wanted to ensure that all competitors had equal opportunities.

Ms. World Inc. said in a statement on Tuesday that “Jurie’s voluntary resignation decision was made exclusively by Caroline herself”.

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The incident at the contest, which was attended by the prime minister’s wife, 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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