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Puerto Rico Miss Universe Contestant Stripped of Crown

Puerto Rico Miss Universe Contestant Stripped of Crown

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.

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."

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In Citizenship Drives, Latinos Sign Up to Vote Against Trump

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Latino, Immigrant Groups Launch 'Families Fight Back' Voter Campaign

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