Dilay Willemstein, 21, had the tip of winning Miss World 2021 in Puerto Rico, but she says she pulled out because the organizers eventually told her she had to get the vaccine in order to enter the competitions
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A Miss World hope has withdrawn from the competition to avoid the Covid vaccine.
Dutch representative Dilay Willemstein says she won’t travel to Puerto Rico for the finals because she is “not ready” to get the jab.
The 21-year-old explained that she withdrew from the December pageant on Instagram – and explains to her fans why.
Katja Maes, CEO of Miss World Netherlands, says the organizers didn’t ask about the participants’ vaccination status earlier because it was part of their private medical information.
Dancer Willemstein told her 22,000 followers: “I would like to inform you that I will no longer represent the Netherlands in Puerto Rico on the big Miss World stage.
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“This is partly due to the compulsory vaccination, for which I am personally not yet ready.
“This means that the runner-up (runner-up in the national final) will represent the Netherlands in Puerto Rico.
“So I thought about this and considered taking the jab, but at one point I thought I just am not ready for it. I don’t feel good about it. “
The model from Eindhoven, Holland said that the organizers finally told her that she needed an appointment for a vaccination.
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But she says she has no regrets and adds: “That was my choice and I stand by it.”
She continued, “I didn’t make the decision overnight. I had a few months to think about it, so I kept putting it off.”
Runner-up Lizzy Dobbe – who is double jabbed – will replace Willemstein in the flagship event at the end of the year.
“It’s of course very sad for Dilay, but I’m very honored to be able to travel to Puerto Rico,” she told AD about the “super cool and unexpected” development.
Organizer Maes said Miss World did not know in advance whether vaccination would be a problem or not.