Miss Dominican Republic Mrs. Out on Title

She's not single, so she loses crown
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 26, 2012 1:08 AM CDT
Carlina Duran shows over her beauty crown before it was yanked away.   (AP Photo/Victor Calvo)

(Newser) – The only thing that came between Carlina Duran and her Miss Dominican Republic title was a wedding. Organizers discovered within days of crowning Duran last week that she was married in 2009, making her ineligible to win the contest reserved for single females. Duran, 25, insisted the marriage was "brief" and that annulment proceedings had begun, though it's not clear when. "In my daily life, I remained like a single woman, without thinking of myself neither materially nor spiritually married," said her statement. The crown has been given instead to the first runner up, Dulcita Lieggi, reports AP.

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