Caroline Jurie backs moves to regulate beauty pageants in Sri Lanka

Mrs. World 2020 Caroline Jurie has backed moves to regulate beauty pageants in Sri Lanka.

Jurie was forced to relinquish her title over the incident that had occurred at the crowning ceremony of the Mrs. Sri Lanka for Mrs. World 2021 pageant held in Colombo earlier this month.

In a letter addressed to the Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Jurie said the event had led to the discussion on regulating pageants in Sri Lanka.

“We have a lot of talent in our midst, and we have potential winners who can grace the world pageant stage and bring honour and respect to our motherland,” she said.

Jurie pointed out that however, the industry is yet to gain the recognition and acceptance of the larger population of Sri Lanka, and therefore, certain reforms are mandatory and urgent.

Commenting on her achievement, Jurie said she does not have affiliations to politics, adding that she was reaching out to the Ministry because she has competed at the highest levels of the contemporary international stage with minimum facilities, and has flown the Sri Lankan flag high.

She further said that as the driver of this constructive conversation towards standardizing the beauty pageant industry, her goal is to create a fair stage for every woman, irrespective of status, so that there will not be a recurrence of the events that have led to the discussion on drafting a bill.

“I am sure you will agree, that investing one crown to save a thousand more, is the noble contribution that Sri Lanka can make, to create a fair global stage for every woman,” she said.

Caroline Jurie further urged the Ministry to pave the way to become one of the first countries to regulate the pageant industry.

Following the incident at the Mrs. Sri Lanka for Mrs. World 2021 pageant, the Minister of Women and Child Development highlighted the need to regulate events using the name ‘Sri Lanka’. (Colombo Gazette)

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