Puerto Rico Miss Universe contestant stripped of crown

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Kristhielee Caride will not represent Puerto Rico at the 2016 Miss Universe pageant after clashing with the national director over public appearances and an alleged attitude problem, according to reports.

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Caride won the Miss Puerto Rico title four months ago and was slated to represent the island on a global stage. But after she was dismissive in an interview with a local newspaper -- reportedly saying she "didn't love the cameras" and shutting down a reporter's questions -- the national director of Miss Universe Puerto Rico replaced her, The Associated Press reported.

"I wanted the earth to swallow me," director Desiree Lowry said. "You always have to put your best face forward ... it's a given that we are going to be in front of cameras and that we have to answer all types of questions."

Lowry said Caride did not apologize to the newspaper or Miss Universe officials, but later explained she was going through personal problems and saying that the incident would not happen again, the Associated Press reported. However, Caride reportedly canceled other appearances to keep a doctor's appointment she refused to reschedule.

Caride took to Facebook on Thursday to defend her actions, but also to apologize for letting her personal life affect her role as Miss Universe Puerto Rico.

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"I allowed my feelings to get in the way of my work," she wrote.

Caride said she did not agree with the decision that Lowry and other officials made, but that she was turning in her sash with dignity.

Lowry presented the new Miss Universe contestant at a news conference Thursday in the capital of San Juan. Brenda Jimenez appeared in a sparkling tiara and a strapless red dress with a somewhat surprised look on her face, The Associated Press reported.

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¡ESPECTACULAR! Nuestra Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2016; Kristhielee Caride en editorial de modas para EgoModa. Fotos: Fernando Cruz Vestidos: Angel Guzmán Moda Accesorios: Abimael Ortiz Accessory Designer H&M: Adriel Ortiz Hair & Makeup • Designer Locación: Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa #missuniverse #missuniversepuertorico #mupr #confidentlybeautiful #beautypageants #pageantgirl #beauty #models #femalemodels #likeme #like #followme #picoftheday #instapic #instafamous
¡ESPECTACULAR! Nuestra Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2016; Kristhielee Caride en editorial de modas para EgoModa. Fotos: Fernando Cruz Vestidos: Angel Guzmán Moda Accesorios: Abimael Ortiz Accessory Designer H&M: Adriel Ortiz Hair & Makeup • Designer Locación: Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa #missuniverse #missuniversepuertorico #mupr #confidentlybeautiful #beautypageants #pageantgirl #beauty #models #femalemodels #likeme #like #followme #picoftheday #instapic #instafamous
¡ESPECTACULAR! Nuestra Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2016; Kristhielee Caride en editorial de modas para EgoModa. Fotos: Fernando Cruz Vestidos: Angel Guzmán Moda Accesorios: Abimael Ortiz Accessory Designer H&M: Adriel Ortiz Hair & Makeup • Designer Locación: Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa #missuniverse #missuniversepuertorico #mupr #confidentlybeautiful #beautypageants #pageantgirl #beauty #models #femalemodels #likeme #like #followme #picoftheday #instapic #instafamous
¡SÁBADO DE BELLEZA! Ya lista para encontrarme con todas esas chicas bellas que diran #yosoylapróxima en el taller "Alcanza tus sueños" de Miss Universe Puerto Rico Sur. Así que ven y comparte comigo desde la 1:00 frente a la tienda Victoria's Secret en Plaza del Caribe, Ponce. Mi look de hoy es gracias a la boutique It Girl en Paseo Caribe, San Juan y mis accesorios son de Abimael Ortiz Accessory Designer. (Más adelante subiré el total look) Lindo día, -Kristhielee #missuniverse #missuniversepuertorico #mupr #confidentlybeautiful #beautypageants #pageantgirl #beauty #models #femalemodels #likeme #like #followme #picoftheday #instapic #instafamous
BEHIND THE SCENES! Espectaculares imágenes de nuestra reina detrás de cámaras para su más reciente editorial de modas para la revista EgoModa. No te pierdas todo lo ocurrido este martes a las 11:30 p.m en su programa Ego TV atraves de Wapa TV. #mupr #missuniverse #confidentlybeautiful #missuniverse #missuniversepuertorico #mupr #confidentlybeautiful #beautypageants #pageantgirl #beauty #models #femalemodels #likeme #like #followme #picoftheday #instapic #instafamous
BEHIND THE SCENES! Espectaculares imágenes de nuestra reina detrás de cámaras para su más reciente editorial de modas para la revista EgoModa. No te pierdas todo lo ocurrido este martes a las 11:30 p.m en su programa Ego TV atraves de Wapa TV. #mupr #missuniverse #confidentlybeautiful #missuniverse #missuniversepuertorico #mupr #confidentlybeautiful #beautypageants #pageantgirl #beauty #models #femalemodels #likeme #like #followme #picoftheday #instapic #instafamous
BEHIND THE SCENES! Espectaculares imágenes de nuestra reina detrás de cámaras para su más reciente editorial de modas para la revista EgoModa. No te pierdas todo lo ocurrido este martes a las 11:30 p.m en su programa Ego TV atraves de Wapa TV. #mupr #missuniverse #confidentlybeautiful #missuniverse #missuniversepuertorico #mupr #confidentlybeautiful #beautypageants #pageantgirl #beauty #models #femalemodels #likeme #like #followme #picoftheday #instapic #instafamous
QUEEN LOOK! Hoy opte por un look relajado y fresco para compartir con las chicas que se dieron cita a Plaza Guayama durante las charlas de "Alcanza tus sueños" con MUPR'17. Todo (vestido y accesorios) lo consigues en la boutique It Girl de Paseo Caribe, San Juan y mi calzado es de BAKERS PUERTO RICO. Linda tarde, -Kristhielee #missuniverse #missuniversepuertorico #mupr #confidentlybeautiful #beautypageants #pageantgirl #beauty #models #femalemodels #likeme #like #followme #picoftheday #instapic #instafamous
QUEEN LOOK! Ya hoy en mi último día como animadora de la feria para la mujer "Women in the Fast Line" de el centro comercial Plaza Las Americas . Muy agradecida por la oportunidad y espero verlos pronto. Mi look de hoy es gracias una vez más a LU by Lolita en el segundo nivel quienes se han encargado que luzca como toda una reina. Mi calzado es gracias a la gente linda de BAKERS PUERTO RICO. Los veo mañana en Plaza del Caribe, Ponce en el casting de la region sur para MUPR17. Un beso, -Kristhielee #missuniverse #missuniversepuertorico #mupr #confidentlybeautiful #beautypageants #pageantgirl #beauty #models #femalemodels #likeme #like #followme #picoftheday #instapic #instafamous
Ya estoy lista para animar una vez mas la feria para la mujer "Women in the Fast Line" que se lleva a cabo en Plaza Las Americas. Así que date la vuelta y comparte con nosotros y disfruta de las diferentes actividades que tenemos para ti. Hoy me fascina mi look gracias a LU by Lolita en el segundo nivel del centro comercial. Los espero, -Kristhielee #missuniverse #missuniversepuertorico #mupr #confidentlybeautiful #beautypageants #pageantgirl #beauty #models #femalemodels #likeme #like #followme #picoftheday #instapic #instafamous
#missuniverse #missuniversepuertorico #mupr #confidentlybeautiful #beautypageants #pageantgirl #beauty #models #femalemodels #likeme #like #followme #picoftheday #instapic #instafamous
#missuniverse #missuniversepuertorico #mupr #confidentlybeautiful #beautypageants #pageantgirl #beauty #models #femalemodels #likeme #like #followme #picoftheday #instapic #instafamous
Lista para comenzar una semana con la agenda cargada, pero muy feliz pues estaré compartiendo desde hoy hasta el viernes con todos ustedes animando la Feria de la Mujer en Plaza Las Américas. Los espero de 3:00 - 7:00 p.m en el Atrio Central de Plaza Las Américas Linda tarde, -Kristhielee ❤️ #missuniverse #missuniversepuertorico #mupr #confidentlybeautiful #beautypageants #pageantgirl #beauty #models #femalemodels #likeme #like #followme #picoftheday #instapic #instafamous
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