AN Irish woman has been named Mrs World after the winner quit following an on-stage row where she pulled the crown off a rival’s head.
Kate Schneider, who was previously named runner-up in the beauty pageant for married women, was crowned the winner after the resignation of reigning title holder Caroline Jurie.
It comes after an on-stage row in which Jurie pulled the crown off the head of the winner of the Mrs Sri Lanka beauty pageant.
Reigning Mrs World Jurie, 28, and former model Chula Padmendra stole the crown from Pushpika De Silva, 31, claiming she was not worthy of the title as she was divorced.
Jurie was later arrested over the pageant bust-up captured on live TV.
Organisers said they had been informed of her decision to resign and announced Schneider as the new winner, posting a photo of her with the title on their website.
They said in a statement: “The Mrs World Inc. Organisation has received the resignation of Mrs Caroline Jurie as Mrs World 2020.
“Her voluntary resignation decision was made solely by Caroline herself. We wish Mrs Jurie and her family all the best in their future endeavours.
“The first runner up, Mrs Ireland World, Kate Schneider, will now become the new Mrs World 2020.”
Schneider shared a photo of herselfwith the Mrs World crown and her beauty pageant sash on her Instagram page after being named the winner.
She wrote: “It is my absolute honour to introduce myself as your new Mrs World!”
Kate also shared a quote from organisers and posted: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting… and beautiful and amazing and humbling and worth every hardship!”
Former winner Jurie was arrested and released on bail earlier this month after the on-stage row at the event, which made global headlines.
She previously defended the decision to remove the crown from the head of this year’s Mrs Sri Lanka title-holder, Pushpika De Silva, who she claimed was unqualified to take part in the April 4 contest because she was divorced.
Moments after De Silva won the title, Jurie, who is also Sri Lankan, came on stage and snatched the crown from her, saying she was ineligible because she was divorced.
Jurie then gave the crown to the first-runner up, declaring she was the winner.
Ms D Silva has insisted she is separated but not divorced from her husband.
“Being apart is one. Divorce is something else,” she said on Facebook.
Four days later, she was arrested on charges of “simple hurt and criminal force” and later released on bail.
Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said police had received a complaint from De Silva that she suffered injuries when her crown was removed on stage.
Jurie has insisted she was standing against “injustice” and argued that the pageant was “tainted”.
She added that she wanted to ensure every contestant had an equal opportunity.
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