Miss Universe Gone Wrong
STORY BY Talia Aroshas
Published: June 18, 2013
Ever wonder what is like to have all your dreams come true one day, and then taken away from you the next?
Okay, let’s try that again with a little less drama.
Ever win something you really wanted, but then find out 24 hours later that you actually lost?
One more time now, but I’ll be little more specific.
Ever wonder how it would feel if you were crowned the winner of a beauty pageant, only to be told a day later that you, in fact, were merely the third runner up?
Just ask Denise Garrido, 26, who was crowned 2013 Miss Universe Canada last Saturday, but then bumped down to third runner up 24 hours later. And why? Well, it seems a mere typo on behalf of a third party audit is to blame. Miss Universe Canada national director, Denis Davila released in a statement, “A typo was discovered in the top 5 entries, which significantly impacted the final results of the competition,” Davila said in a statement. “This is the first instance of this type of error in the 11 years that Beauties of Canada (BOC) has produced the Miss Universe Canada pageant.”
Upon, discovering their mistake, the crown then went to first runner up, Riza Santos 26. Who, most undoubtedly, was ecstatic—but then again, isn’t half the glory of winning a beauty pageant those 5 minutes on stage during which your crowned the winner?
Nonetheless, neither winner has any anger or resentment toward the situation. As for Garrido, she is glad she was able to experience what it was like to win the crown, only if for a short period of time. However, she does feel guilt for soaking up some of the glory and congratulations that was supposed to be given to Santos.
“I was shocked and disappointed and kind of embarrassed because of all of the celebrations and congratulatory messages I’d received,” Garrido told ABC News Sunday morning upon discovering her true score.
As for Santos, well, she’s happy she won.
Kudos to the organization for admitting their mistake; something a politician, or myself would never do. A few of you might recall last year’s debacle surrounding the Miss Universe Canada competition having to do with the disqualification of the transgender Canadian beauty queen Jenna Talackova. Who, after threat of a lawsuit, was able to compete and even crowned “Miss Congeniality.”
Miss Universe Canada: Proving that beauty is not skin deep or perfect since 2012.
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