The Miss Eco International organization announced on Saturday, May 30 that Malaysia’s Amy Tinie Abdul Aziz, who was 4th runner-up in the 2019 edition of the pageant, has been appointed its winner after Suheyn Cipriani became pregnant.
Miss Eco International, like other pageants, stipulates that its title-holder should not get pregnant during her reign.
On its social media accounts, the organization did not explain why neither the 2nd runner-up nor 3rd runner-up took over. Maureen Montagne of the Philippines, who was 1st runner-up, earlier declined to take over as she is now competing in the 2020 Binibining Pilipinas pageant.
“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,” the organization said.
“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.”
The organization thanked Suheyn for her reign and that they will “will look into paradigms and the rules to be more inclusive without hindering the overall essence of the pageant.”