- 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.
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."
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.