Kristhielee Caride, Miss Puerto Rico


From the outside, beauty pageants appear to be absolutely perfect. From the gorgeous evening gowns the contestants wear, to the flawlessly executed interview answers, the pageants seem to take on an ethereal quality. The truth, however, is that they're anything but flawless.

Miss Universe Puerto Rico Kristhielee Caride had to give up her tiara Thursday afternoon because she wouldn't participate in any on-camera interviews. "When I'm listening and she says, 'I don't like the camera,' I say that is a big problem," said Desiree Lowry, an organizer for the event, at a news conference. "Miss Puerto Rico is a public figure and part of your job is to be in front of the camera."

Unfortunately, this isn't the only time that a winner has had to relinquish the crown. Here are 10 more times scandal has fallen upon the beauty pageant world:

1. In December Miss Universe host Steve Harvey incorrectly crowned Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez. She had to hand over her crown to Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach.

2. Former Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International Brandi Weaver Gates was forced to return her crown and sash after she was arrested for faking a cancer diagnosis and using it to raise money to pay false medical bills and treatments.

Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, Miss Phillipines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015

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3. Miss Zimbabwe Emily Kachote was stripped of her title after nude photos of her surfaced on an app in 2015. The scandal was very similar to Vanessa Williams', who was also stripped of her crown after a nude photo scandal in 1984. Williams received a public apology from the organization during Miss America 2016.

4. Apparently age is not just a number. Miss Delaware Amanda Longacre lost her crown in 2014 after being deemed "too old." She was only 24.

5. Think before you post! One winner was forced to step down controversial political comments she shared on Facebook before the pageant resurfaced after she won.

6. Miss Delaware Teen USA Melissa King had to give up her crown when a video surfaced of a woman alleged to be her engaged in sexual acts. King denied it, but still had to give up her tiara.

7. A nude photo scandal also took down Miss Nevada Katie Rees, who had to give up the crown after her own pics emerged.

8. Similar to the Harvey-Gutierrez mix up, Miss California Christina Silva lost her sash because of an "accounting error." Innocent accidents happen, even in the pageant world.

9. Don't drink and pose. Rima Fakih had to give up her crown after being named the first Arab-American Miss USA because she pleaded no contest in 2012 to a DUI charge.

10. Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin resigned from her position after saying the inclusion of transgender contestants "goes against every moral fiber of my being." She also accused the pageant of being rigged.

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