A beauty queen who was in the running to become the next Miss Colombia was stripped of her crown after photos of her in skimpy swimwear surfaced.
Paola Builes Aristizábal, 21, was named Miss Antioquia on Aug. 10, which qualified her to take part in the Miss Colombia pageant in November.
But, days later, images of her wearing the two-piece swimsuit were leaked online by fans of a rival wannabe beauty queen, the New York Daily News reports.
Organizers said they felt the pictures were “inappropriate” and breached competition rules against being photographed in a bikini below a certain size.
Her crown was then given to Miss Antioquia runner-up, Natalia Ochoa Calle. Aristizábal said she felt “discriminated” against and claims the pictures in question were taken two years ago, according to Bluradio.
Her family said she previously turned down a lucrative modeling job to not jeopardize her chances in the competition.
According to the Huffington Post, the statement issued to the television network that made the decision to kick her out of the competition reads:
Miss Antioquia Paola Builes Aristizábal, who was elected on August 10, will not be able to exercise her functions as queen of the antioqueños. This decision was taken after consultation with the Board of the National Beauty Pageant in Cartagena, prompted by photos of the participant in lingerie, which [the organization] was not aware of until one day after the evening of election and coronation.
"Well I'm still in shock because of the decision," she said. "I feel discriminated against because there are other candidates that are going to participate in the pageant in Cartagena that have photos in lingerie, they also have photos with tiny bathing suits, and they're going to participate.”
Photo Source: Will Cadena Photography via New York Daily News