Kristhielee Caride: Why Was Miss Universe Puerto Rico Stripped of Her Crown?

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Kristhielee Caride was Puerto Rico's representative in the upcoming 2016 Miss Universe Pageant, but on Thursday the beauty queen was stripped of her crown.

Director of the Miss Universe Puerto Rico pageant, Desiree Lowry, made the announcement during a press conference earlier this week.

"I saw the damage that she was doing and the damage that she was doing to the organization," she said.

What kind of "damage" did Kristhielee Caride do to the Miss Universe Puerto Rico organization? Is there some sort of hidden scandal behind her pretty face?

Surprisingly, no. Usually when pageant winners are stripped of their crowns, something inappropriate from their past has surfaced in the media. Do you remember when Miss America Vanessa Williams was stripped of her crown back in 1984? Nude photos of Williams in sexually explicit poses with other women came back to haunt the aspiring actress and accomplished singer, costing her the title of Miss America.

Kristhielee Caride, however, did nothing of the sort. She simply doesn't like cameras, and she made that dislike known--during an interview with a newspaper in Puerto Rico.

“I just do not like cameras," she said.

"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. She later apologized via Facebook in a post that has since been removed.

Brenda Jiminez has been crowned the new Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2016, taking Kristhielee Caride's place.

It was no doubt devastating to be stripped of her crown, but surely Kristhielee Caride knew that being in front of cameras is a big part of being Miss Universe Puerto Rico.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.