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Dethroned: Carlina Duran had her Miss Dominican Republic crown taken away as it was revealed that she was married in 2009
The woman recently named Miss Dominican Republic will have to relinquish her crown because she is actually a Mrs. The rules state that those vying for the crown must be single, and that is a problem for the recent winner, Carlina Duran.
Magaly Febles, director of the Miss Domincan Republic contest, said Tuesday it had been discovered that Mrs Duran was married in 2009.
To complicate matters, Mrs Duran said in a statement read at a Wednesday night news conference that she had never lived with her husband.
‘In my daily life, I remained like a single woman, without thinking of myself neither materially nor spiritually married,’ said the statement, read by her lawyer.
The statement also said the marriage was brief, and the couple had begun annulment proceedings. The statement didn't specify whether the annulment was finalized.
Mrs Duran's statement called her decision to hide her marriage from the contest organizers the ‘fruit of my inexperience.’
Upset: Mrs Duran said in a statement read at a Wednesday night news conference that she had never lived with her husband
Final two: Mrs Duran (left) originally won but now the runner up Dulcita Lieggi (right) will take the crown and formal duties
Future: The 24-year-old Ms Lieggi will now go on to represent the Dominican Republic at the Miss Universe contest
Ms Febles officially handed the crown to first runner-up, 24-year-old Dulcita Lieggi, at the news conference.
The 25-year-old Duran, who owns a spa in Santo Domingo, hails from the town of La Vega, about 95 miles north of the nation's capital.
She was crowned Miss Dominican Republic on April 17 and was to represent her country at the Miss Universe contest, but that dream is no longer possible.
The Dominican newspaper Diario Libre reported on its website Tuesday that a marriage license showed she was wed on June 6, 2009.