Last year’s winner of Mrs. World, a beauty pageant for married women, said she would return her crown after ripping one off the head of the 2021 winner of Ms. Sri Lanka World, claiming that she was divorced – a violation of the rules of the competition. .
Pushpika de Silva had just been crowned Ms. Sri Lanka World at a competition in Colombo, Sri Lanka last weekend when Ms. World 2020 winner Caroline Jurie took the stage and announced that “There is a rule that you must be married and not divorced. “
“So,” she said, “I take my first step in saying the crown goes to the first finalist.”
Ms Jurie, 28, then removed the crown from Ms de Silva’s head, pulling her hair out in the process, before placing it in second place, which held back tears and then gave a acceptance speech. Ms de Silva left the stage as Ms Jurie, the two finalists and Chula Padmendra, a Sri Lankan model who was also on stage, hugged each other. Mrs. Padmendra clapped and raised her fist in the air victoriously.
The brawl was reminiscent of the 2009 Video Music Awards, when Kanye West stormed the stage and grabbed a mic from Taylor Swift, who had just won Best Female Video, declaring, “I’m going to let you finish, but Beyoncé has had one of the best videos ever. “
Ms. World’s pageant describes itself on Facebook as “the world’s first beauty pageant for married women, established in 1984”. Ms. Jurie was crowned Ms. World in the 2020 competition in Las Vegas, according to the organization’s website.
Ms de Silva said in a Facebook post after the episode that she was separated and not divorced. She said she suffered “injuries to the head” and is taking legal action against Ms Jurie “for the injustice and insult that took place”. Police arrested Ms Jurie and Ms Padmendra “on charges of simple injury and felony,” BBC News reported.
“Even if my crown has been ripped off in an insulting way in front of everyone, I will keep my head erect,” Ms. de Silva wrote.
A representative of the organization Mrs. World, which is based in California, according to its Facebook page, referred a request for comment to “the place where the incident occurred, in Sri Lanka.” One of the competition’s organizers, Chandimal Jayasinghe, told BBC News: “We are disappointed. It was a shame how Caroline Jurie performed on stage and the Mrs. World organization has already started an investigation into this.
Ms Jurie, who is Sri Lankan, said in a video posted to Instagram that she wanted to “express my dismay at the recent actions which have led to the controversy” and that she “only wanted a fair scene”.
“Even though I have to lose the crown for the values I stand for, I believe I am fulfilling the purpose of Ms. World’s crown,” she said before removing the crown.