Colombo: Kate Schneider from Ireland has been named the new Mrs World after the reigning titleholder resigned following an on-stage fracas in which she pulled the crown off the head of the winner of the Mrs Sri Lanka beauty pageant, organizers said.
Mrs World Inc. said it has received the resignation of Caroline Jurie and that the first runner-up, Mrs Ireland Kate Schneider, therefore will be the new Mrs World 2020.
The website of Mrs World, a beauty pageant for married women, published a photo of Schneider with the title Mrs World.
Caroline Jurie relinquished her title earlier this month while defending her decision to remove the crown from the head of this year’s Mrs Sri Lanka titleholder, Pushpika De Silva, who she claimed was unqualified to take part in the April 4 contest because she was divorced.
De Silva said she is separated, but not divorced, from her husband. Being apart is one. Divorce is something else, she said on Facebook.
Jurie, who is also Sri Lankan, was accused of injuring De Silva in the televised pageant. Four days later, she was arrested on charges of simple hurt and criminal force and later released on bail.
Jurie said she was standing against injustice and that the pageant was tainted. She said she wanted to ensure that every contestant had an equal opportunity.
Mrs World Inc. said in a statement Tuesday that Jurie’s voluntary resignation decision was made solely by Caroline herself. The incident at the pageant, which was attended by the prime minister’s wife, created an uproar in Sri Lanka, which will host the final Mrs World event this year.