A beauty pageant winner in Sri Lanka was told she had been disqualified and had her crown taken from her head on stage because she was believed to be divorced.
Just moments after being revealed as the 2021 winner of Mrs Sri Lanka, a pageant for married women, Pushpika De Silva faced humiliation as last year’s winner, Caroline Jurie, took the mic and announced that the runner-up should take the title instead.
De Silva later claimed on Facebook that she suffered a head injury and had to be treated in hospital for the incident.
She also denied being divorced, although she did acknowledge that she is living apart from her partner for “personal reasons.”
Pageant organizers later confirmed De Silva’s win and re-crowned her as Mrs. Sri Lanka.
“We are disappointed,” Chandimal Jayasinghe, head of Mrs. Sri Lanka World, told the BBC. “It was a disgrace how Caroline Jurie behaved on the stage and the Mrs. World organization has already begun an investigation on the matter.”