Alba Reyes said she was fed up with the comparisons and insults from the followers of beauty pageants. (Archive)
Former beauty queen Alba Reyes decided to answer all pageant fans who have criticized her for revealing that her favorite candidate in the Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2019 was Estefanía Soto and not Madison Anderson Berríos, outgoing queen.
Reyes' revelation was shared in the “After Party” held by El Nuevo Día and Primera Hora last Thursday, after the franchise of Miss Universe Puerto Rico selected Estefanía Soto as the new sovereign to represent the island in the next international pageant, scheduled for early next year.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the local organization chose not to hold the beauty contest and decided to prepare who was the first finalist last year as the new Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2020.
“ Last year I was a jury member at Miss Puerto Rico and obviously Madison won, which is and was an excellent candidate and she showed it at Miss Universe, but now that I can tell you, my candidate was Estefanía and I told her that same night that she was my winner. She is a brilliant girl , ”Reyes told El Nuevo Día and Primera Hora.
Reyes was the one who on the night of the contest asked Estefanía the final question, prior to casting her vote as a member of the jury.
The statements of the Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2004 sparked comments on social networks and some have resorted to violent insults against Reyes, according to the narrator.
The former beauty queen decided to respond to those who attack her and do not respect her evaluation criteria in a video she posted on her Instagram account.
“ I don't know if they can be called fans of contests or not because they are fans of a single candidate… what these 'fans' do with us queens is also violent. I have received messages that they are disappointed or like one this morning, saying that I will never be a goddess like Madison… and those comparisons between queens have me fed up. People, I was queen 16 years ago. I am not competing in a beauty pageant, I don't have to be prettier or grander than anyone else. Each of us is queen that year and competes with whoever has to compete that year. The competition is over. We are all friends, ”Reyes said in the video.
The former beauty queen reaffirmed that her favorite candidate to win the contest in 2019 was Estefanía and that according to her criteria, the new queen enjoyed the attributes to opt for the crown like other participants. He clarified that once Madison Anderson Berríos was crowned, he supported her throughout the reign.
“ For those who have a short or selective memory and forget that the day after Miss Puerto Rico, when the entire country what they did was destroy Madison … the one who made a post on Facebook defending Madison why we had to support her It was this one that is here, because neither the organization, nor the channel (Wapa TV) nor anyone else defended it. I did it because the jury was accused of being a buyer… No one here bought anything. A jury voted for Madison and others for other candidates. I defended that girl (Madison) that night, I defended her later and I defended her all year long because Madison was Puerto Rico, ”Reyes added with evident annoyance at the insults she has received from some people who call her unethical for commenting that his vote at that time was for Estefanía.
Reyes took advantage of his video to call “hypocrites” all the followers of contests who do not recognize when their favorite candidate does not win and insist on naming their favorite as the queen even when she did not obtain the crown or the title.
The lawyer also accompanied the video with some statements in which she invited to accept and respect the differences of opinions.
“We all have favorites. The difference is that you don't have to destroy others for not being one. They can be supported and respected, which is what many of those who have written and insulted have to learn! Enough of the unfounded insults! The facts speak for themselves! As Madison says: let me breathe! We had a luxury queen last year and we have another now that simple! ”, He wrote in his account.