Story By: Arian Movileanu, Sub-Editor: James King, Agency: Newsflash
Newly-crowned Miss Universe Andrea Meza has become embroiled in an online row after netizens posted images from a wedding photoshoot in 2019 to suggest she is married and therefore ineligible to be crowned.
Mexican male model Jorge Saenz jumped to the defence of his girlfriend, Miss Universe winner Andrea Meza, to clarify that they are not a married couple.
The stunning Mexican brunette, 26, was crowned Miss Universe 2020 at the rescheduled pageant in Florida on 16th May.
She became the third Mexican to be crowned Miss Universe and had previously been crowned Mexicana Universal 2020 and Miss Mexico 2017, as well as finishing as the first runner-up at Miss World 2017.
The day after his girlfriend’s big win, Saenz explained on Instagram that images of the couple in wedding getup was for a 2019 photoshoot.
He said: “People, my photo with @andreamezamx is just a shooting for @ahchihuahua. Please stop with your messages and threats. That photo is from 2019, and it is not edited. It was just a joke. Check @achihuahua profile.”
In the photos, the couple included romantic captions that appeared like wedding vows.
At the time, Saenz wrote: “Today begins a new stage of our lives, and I am sure that sharing everything by your side will make me the happiest person in the world.”
The threads started just hours after Meza was crowned Miss Universe in Florida on Sunday night.
Contestants participating in Miss Universe cannot be married or engaged, and Saenz told netizens to stop posting threads claiming Meza is a married woman.
In 2019, divorced mother Veronika Didusenko was stripped of her Miss Ukraine 2018 title and banned from competing at Miss World because she had been married at one point and had a five-year-old son.
Miss Universe rules were recently changed to allow divorcees to participate in the pageant.
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