She struggled to remove the oversized creation that creators say was inspired by a peacock and consisted of an estimated 3,000 blue and green cubic zirconia and topaz stones.
One stunned De Silva the pearl of smearing of pain as the tiara rocked back and forth during the unexpected effort to pull it free while her long dark hair was tangled – which she said left her with injuries that later required hospital treatment.
“There is a rule that you must all be married and not divorced,” said Jurie, before sneaking away with the crown, which the creators describe as a “magnificent masterpiece.”
The event, held at Colombo’s Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajaksa Theater over the weekend, became TV Sunday. Footage of unintended event shared by the Colombo Gazette, a local news site, has since been viewed more than a million times on YouTube.
A statement released by Ms Sri Lanka World on Monday said the organization was “deeply disturbed” by the “unfortunate” incident, condemning the jury’s behavior and confirming that De Silva was indeed the right winner. However, the organization requires that the participants be married. The winners continue to compete in Mrs. World, a global party for married women.
Taking to Facebook after the incident, De Silva referred to herself as an “inseparable woman” and said that while she and her partner were currently separated, they remained married. She said the dramatic event over the weekend had been “unexpected” and later said she had forgiven those who hurt her when she was crowned. “Nothing can be won by hatred,” she said wrote.
“Let it be known, Mrs. World Inc.” does not sit in moral judgment, ”said the organizers’ statement. “If the delegate sent by Mrs Sri Lanka-World to compete in the international competition is legally married, she will be accepted.”
According to local media, De Silva, who fled Sunday’s ceremony with tears, got the crown back for her on Tuesday. Officials said Jurie has been asked to ologize to De Silva for her outburst.
Sri Lanka’s beauty queen is not the only woman who has lost her crown in recent days. Lucy Maino, Miss Pua New Guinea, who also represented the country as the co-curtain of the national football team in 2019, was “released” from her role after sharing a video to TikTok about her twerking, The Guardian reported Wednesday.
Fans defended Maino’s dance and a former participant told the Guardian that the affair was the result of profound misogyny.
The Miss Pacific Islands Pageant Committee said in a statement that “the core purpose is the empowerment of women”, adding that it works to promote “the virtues of trust, self-esteem, integrity and community service with a parallel focus on education.”