Miss Eco International 2019, Suheyn Cipriana, reportedly dethroned after falling pregnant

Suheyn Cipriana (Photo: Instagram/Suheyn Cipriana)
Suheyn Cipriana (Photo: Instagram/Suheyn Cipriana)
  • Miss Eco International 2019 Suheyn Cipriana has reportedly abdicated her throne after falling pregnant.
  • The Miss Eco International Organisation released a statement in which they mention that Suheyn agreed to the rules set out by the pageant when she first filled out the application.
  • The crown has been handed over to Amy Tinie Abdul Aziz, who was the fourth runner-up in the competition.


Miss Eco International 2019, Suheyn Cipriana, has reportedly been dethroned after falling pregnant.

According to Rappler, rumours that Suheyn is pregnant started to circulate on pageant sites toward the end of May. 

A statement shared by the Miss Eco International Organisation on Instagram reads in part: "Ms. Cipriani had agreed to the rules from the moment she filled her application form. The hectic schedule of the Miss Eco winner is unsuitable for pregnant women. Since it may negatively affect the upbringing of a newly born child deprived of his monther's love [sic]."

"We feel sad that Ms Cipriani is unconvinced and insists the rules made her feel uncomfortable and burdensome," the statement goes on to say, adding that Suheyn "did a great job" performing her duties. 

The organisation also mentioned that in future it would "look into" making rules more inclusive "without hindering the overall essence of the pageant".

The post was also used to introduce the beauty queen who will be taking over the title of Miss Eco International 2019 - Amy Tinie Abdul Aziz, who was fourth runner-up.

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Brief statement by Miss Eco International: Ms. Cipriani had agreed to the rules from the moment she filled her application form. The hectic schedule of the Miss Eco winner is unsuitable for pregnant women. Since it may negatively affect the upbringing of a newly born child deprived of his monther's love. Miss Eco International rules the aim of finding a winner who is free and able to commit. Often at short notice, to work globally in support of humanitarian activities and events on climate environmental issues, which may be for long periods, often to areas climate change often to devastated by natural disasters or human-made ones. We feel sad that Ms Cipriani is unconvinced and insists the rules made her feel uncomfortable and burdensome. However we think that she did a great job as our Miss Eco 2019 till now in performing her duties. We wish her the best in her endeavours and thank her for the patronage and support of Miss Eco International pageant 2019. In the future, we will look into paradigms and the rules to be more inclusive without hindering the overall essence of the pageant. In the aftermath Ms. Copriani will no longer represent Miss Eco 2019. As Ms. Amy Tinie Abdul Aziz of the Malaysia runner up of the 2019 pageant will take over the crown abdicated by Ms. Cipriani. @amynurtinie @suheyncipriani @jessicanewtonoficial #missecointernational #missecointernational2019 @real_missosology @missosologyegypt @ecospirewonderfulworld #malaysia #perú

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Like many pageants, Miss Eco International's rules stipulate that the winner cannot fall pregnant during her reign - something which Miss Universe Canada 2016, Siera Bearchell, described as "archaic" in a video she shared on YouTube. 

The clip was posted before Miss Eco International released its statement and sees Siera, who is also a mom, address the rumours circulating about Suheyn at the time. 

In another post shared later on her Instagram account, Siera also speaks out about "a woman" who was "stripped of her international pageant title because she "fell' pregnant."

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Today a woman was stripped of her international pageant title because she "fell" pregnant. Some will say "rules are rules." However, it used to be a rule that women could not vote.  It used to be a rule that women could not hold property.  It used to be a rule that women could not open a bank account.  It used to be a rule that women were not considered 'persons.' Rules are not always rules. ???????????? For those who don't know, most pageants ban women who have ever carried children from entering their pageants.  It is also a rule in most pageants that if a woman is to "fall" or "become" pregnant during her reign, she will be stripped of the title. ???????????? I believe each situation should be looked at individually.  In this case, the woman only had a few months left of her position and likely would not be visibly pregnant.  What a beautiful thing it would have been for this pageant to celebrate the power and magic of women to grow life.  Pageants are meant to empower and celebrate women.  In this case, a woman is being punished for her choice. ???????????? While I also believe it would be VERY challenging and truly impossible to be 7-9 months pregnant and be travelling the world as a titleholder.  I think each situation should be considered differently.  For the most part, women are not going to become pregnant during their reigns because it is such a busy time.  But things happen and such is life! ???????????? I hope other pageants will take this opportunity to re-evaluate their archaic rules and develop systems that support and empower the women who represent their titles. ???????????? *not pregnant. Photo from when I was 7 months pregnant with Lily. My hair doesn’t grow 13 inches overnight lol ?? photo by @snairjessiephotography edit by me.

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Suheyn did not immediately address rumours, but has now confirmed that she is indeed pregnant, sharing a post on her Instagram Stories where she showed off her baby bump.

She has also saved part of the clip on her Instagram highlights bar and captioned it "Mi" along with a baby emoji and a blue heart.

The Miss Eco International 2020 pageant, which was supposed to take place from March, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The competition will now take place from 25 August to 12 September 2020.