Mrs. World Gives Up Her Crown After On-Stage Fracas

After Caroline Jurie's exit, Kate Schneider from Ireland is the new Mrs. World
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 21, 2021 1:44 PM CDT
Mrs. World Gives Up Her Crown After On-Stage Fracas
Mrs. World 2019 Caroline Jurie, center, leaves a police station after obtaining bail in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, April 8, 2021.   (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

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. 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. Jurie relinquished her title earlier this month, while defending her decision to remove the crown from Pushpika De Silva, who Jurie 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.

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, reports the AP. 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.

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