Kristhielee Caride was set to represent Puerto Rico in the 2016 Miss Universe Pageant, but on Thursday she was stripped of her crown.
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Desiree Lowry is the director of the Miss Universe Puerto Rico pageant. She made the announcement during a press conference.
"I saw the damage that she was doing and the damage that she was doing to the organization," she said.
What did Kristhielee Caride do that caused the pageant director to speak of her in this manner? Did the pageant discover sexually explicit photos of her from years back--the way the Miss America Pageant found shots of Vanessa Williams in very explicit poses with other women--back in the 1980s?
No. Kristhielee Caride did nothing of the sort. The beauty queen simply doesn't like having her picture taken.
It seems Desiree Lowry was with Kristhelee Caride for an interview with a local newspaper in Puerto Rico.
“I just do not like cameras," the beauty queen said.
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"I wanted the earth to swallow me,” Lowry said of watching the interview, according to the Associated Press. “You always have to put your best face forward...it’s a given that we are going to be in front of cameras and that we have to answer all types of questions.”
Kristhielee Caride never apologized for what Lowry calls "the unfortunate interview," and therefore the director decided it was time for her to go.
In a lengthy post on Facebook, Kristhielee Caride finally made her apology.
In place of Kristhielee Caride, Brenda Jiminez has been crowned the new Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2016.
While it must have been devastating to be stripped of her crown, Kristhielee Caride no doubt knew going in to the pageant that being photographed and interviewed with simply part of the plan.