- 22-year-old model Joyce Prado has been stripped of her title as Miss Bolivia Universe 2018 after becoming pregnant during her reign.
- The former queen’s modeling agency, Promociones Gloria, took to social media to announce that Prado was released from her role, but is still under a modeling contract with the group.
- Yahoo! reports that Prado may have been stripped of her title because of pageant rules prohibiting pregnancy; according to the Miss Universe website, pageant contestants are not allowed to be married or pregnant while competing, or during their “reign.”
- UPDATE: April 17, 2019: This story has been updated to reflect a statement provided to INSIDER by Promociones Gloria, which said “it was agreed between” Prado and the company that she would focus on her pregnancy and remain a model with the agency despite not being “able to fulfill any of the activities that she had to do as Miss Bolivia.”
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UPDATE: April 17, 2019: This story has been updated to reflect a statement provided to INSIDER by the modeling agency Promociones Gloria, which said “it was agreed between” model Joyce Prado and the company that she would focus on her pregnancy and remain a model with the agency despite not being “able to fulfill any of the activities that she had to do as Miss Bolivia.”
Bolivian model Joyce Prado, 22, has lost her Miss Bolivia Universe title after becoming pregnant during her reign. Yahoo! reports that Prado may have been stripped of her title because of pageant rules prohibiting pregnancy.
On Friday, the Bolivian modeling agency Promociones Gloria announced on Facebook that Prado, who had won the group’s Miss Bolivia and Miss Santa Cruz pageants in 2018, was dismissed from her role as result of a “breach of contract.”
“Promociones Gloria is announcing to Opinion Publica that the current Miss Santa Cruz and Miss Bolivia Universe 2018 has been stripped of her titles of Miss Santa Cruz and Miss Bolivia for reasons strictly related to a breach of contract, noting that we maintain cordial relations in an area of mutual understanding, honoring the confidentiality clause,” the modeling agency wrote on Facebook.
While the modeling agency did not explicitly describe the nature of Prado’s breach to safeguard a “confidentiality clause,” Promociones Gloria did share more information on Instagram.
On Saturday, the agency shared a photo of an El Día Digital newspaper headline which read, “Joyce Prado is left without a crown because of her pregnancy.”
In an interview with El Día Digital, Tatiana Limpias, an executive at Promociones Gloria, said the agency has “a five-year contract with Joyce,” and that she “will remain in the ranks of the agency as a model.”
In a statement provided to INSIDER, a representative for Promociones Gloria said that “it was agreed between” Prado and the company that she would focus on her pregnancy and remain a model with the agency despite not being “able to fulfill any of the activities that she had to do as Miss Bolivia.”
The same day as the agency’s Facebook post, Prado announced her pregnancy on Instagram. In the caption of her photo, the former queen wrote: “Becoming a father or mother may be the most important challenge that comes our way in life, but just as it can be difficult, it can also be the most rewarding thing in the world.”
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El milagro de la vida es indescriptible, más aún cuando se trata de la llegada de un nuevo integrante a la familia. Llegar a convertirse en Padre o Madre puede ser el desafío más importante que se nos presente en la vida, pero así como puede ser difícil, también puede llegar a ser lo más gratificante del mundo. Yo quiero compartir con ustedes que soy la mujer más feliz del mundo porque mi vida está llena de amor , por que junto al hombre de mis sueños estamos empezando a vivir la etapa más bonita de nuestras vidas : SER PAPÁS; Desde que supe que me convertiré en madre no dejo de imaginarme cómo se me verá con mi bebé en brazos , nunca imagine sentir una emoción tan grande de solo saber que de dentro de mi hay una semilla que crece día a día y lo único que le pido a Dios es que nazca sano y salvo que su papito @rodrigodanielpy y yo nos encargaremos de protegerlo y de entrenarle todo el amor que tenemos para darle ❤️ #happy #love #mam #baby #pregnancy #dulceespera #futuramama #mamafeliz
Representatives for Promociones Gloria also provided INSIDER with a video of Prado, in which the model made a statement that reiterated her Instagram caption.
Prado was named Miss Santa Cruz in March 2018, and Miss Bolivia Universe in June 2018. Both pageants are hosted by the Promociones Gloria modeling agency in conjunction with Miss Universe.
In the FAQ section of the Miss Universe website, pageant rules state that contestants cannot be married or pregnant while involved in the competition.
“No, contestants may not be married or pregnant,” the Miss Universe website states. “They must not have ever been married, not had a marriage annulled nor given birth to, or parented a child. The titleholders are also required to remain unmarried throughout their reign.”
It is unclear if contestants may become pregnant at any point during their reign, or how long winners retain the crown, though new pageants take place each year.
Representatives for Joyce Prado and Miss Universe did not immediately reply to INSIDER’s requests for comment.