Australian model Claire Elizabeth Parker (left) has officially been crowned Miss Grand International 2016
The 21-year-old Garcia was considered too ‘demanding’ by the contest organizers
The American-Dominican model was replaced by Australian Claire Parker
She had ‘failed to fulfill her obligations’ as the reigning queen
Ms Parker, 24, will relocate to Thailand and reign for six months
hoto: Anea Garcia/Instagram
The original Miss Grand International winner Anea Garcia (left) stepped down on Thursday for Australian Clay Parker (right) and insert
An Australian model has been crowned Miss Grand International 2016 after the original winner was dethroned as she was considered too ‘demanding’ by the beauty contest’s organizers.
Anea Garcia resigned her crown to first runner-up Claire Elizabeth Parker on Thursday after winning the Thailand-based pageant last year representing the Dominican Republic.
The 21-year-old American-Dominican model and beauty queen from Rhode Island was deemed too insistent and always asked for things that were outside of the scope of her contract, Fairfax Media reported.
Ms Garcia resigned her crown to first runner-up Ms Parker on Thursday after winning the Thailand-based pageant last year representing the Dominican Republic
Miss Grand International vice-president Teresa Chaivisut said that although they believed Ms Garcia was the deserving winner, she had failed to fulfil her obligations as the reigning queen.
‘First, her studies were in the way, making it very hard for us to schedule her activities. At several times we had to reschedule, cancel events, change or lose international flights. Miss Grand International should be ready and focused on her job and charitable work,’ Ms Chaivisut told Fairfax Media.
‘In addition, she has also become very demanding, always asking for things which were not promised or part of the contract she signed, including bringing her grandmother to Bangkok to live with her. She demanded for additional services which truly made no sense.’
Miss Grand International posted a statement in regards to the change on their social media accounts.
Ms Garcia was dethroned and replaced by Australian model and actress Claire Parker (pictured) after she was considered ‘demanding’ by the beauty contest’s organizers
Ms Parker was the first runner-up and is pictured posing with her statue and the Australian flag
‘With immediate effect, Miss Anea Garcia will step down from her position as Miss Grand International 2015 due to unable to fulfill and follow the contractual agreement with Miss Grand International Organization.’
‘We are pleased to welcome Miss Claire Elizabeth Parker to take over this honorable position and continue the honorable duty as Miss Grand International 2015.’
Ms Parker, 24, is a Sydney-based model and actress who has been living in Tokyo but recently returned home to partake in the annual Mardi Gras parade alongside beauty queens from other local contests.
Photo: Anea Garcia/Instagram
Ms Garcia posing in a behind-the-scenes Snapchat which she later posted on Instagram captioned ‘game over’
Miss Grand Dominican Republic 2015 Anea Garcia appears onstage during the Miss Republica Dominicana US 2015 presentation
The 24-year-old model and actress lives in Sydney but will relocate to Thailand to fulfil her new duties
‘I am utterly shocked and thrilled to have had this opportunity presented to me, as a first runner-up in any pageant it is your duty to support the winner and step in if she is no longer able to fulfil her responsibilities, however it is incredibly rare for such a situation to occur and I am so grateful that it is written in the stars for me,’ Ms Parker told Fairfax Media.
Founded by Thai TV star Nawat Itsaragrisil in 2013, Miss Grand International is an annual international beauty contest searching for potential women to encourage and run the campaign ‘Stop the War and Violence’ to help acknowledge people to avoid the conflict and violence that may lead to war in any form, their website states.
The contest aims ‘to become the world’s leading international beauty contest under sponsorship from governments and organizations that will make a stand for the betterment of humanity.’
Photo: Anea Garcia/Instagram
Ms Garcia celebrating Christmas in 2015
The 21-year-old American-Dominican model and beauty queen (centre) from Rhode Island was deemed too insistent and always asked for things that were outside of the scope of her contract
Ms Parker’s new beauty queen duties require her to move to Thailand and reign for six months.
Her crowning is Australia’s second international crown since model Jennifer Hawkins won Miss Universe in 2004.
Ms Parker’s win comes after Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez was mistakenly announced as Miss Universe by host Steve Harvey last year in a controversial upheaval which saw Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach replace her on live television.
The contest aims ‘to become the world’s leading international beauty contest under sponsorship from governments and organizations that will make a stand for the betterment of humanity’
Ms Garcia reveals her new, shorter locks in Tokyo, Japan
Ms Parker’s (left) crowning is Australia’s second international crown since model Jennifer Hawkins won Miss Universe in 2004