Miss Earth Water 2013 dethroned after breaching her contract

Punika Kulsoontornrut of Thailand was dethroned and is no longer the reigning Miss Earth Water after she violated her contract as a titleholder. This developed after Philippines-based organizers of the pageant decided to strip her of the crown.

Carousel Productions, Inc. informed Kulsoontornrut of her dethronement last October 10 through a letter. The letter stated, Kulsoontornrut joined another pageant, Miss International, despite knowing that this would be in violation of her standing contract as Miss Earth Water.

Photo Credit: ABS-CBN
Photo Credit: ABS-CBN

The pageant organizers stressed as stipulated in Section 5 of the Miss Earth Delegate Contract, winners of Miss Earth are not allowed to join other international pageants during their one-year reign.

Carousel revealed that Kulsoontornrut was informed several times by Astrud Schuck, its manager for international affairs, that her participation in Miss Interntional 2014 would violate this provision.

In addition, Carousel also provided ample time to Kulsoontornrut to withdraw from the Miss International pageant, which will hold its finals night on November 11 in Tokyo.

“It is clear you have not and have no intention to withdraw as evidenced by your being shown as one of Miss International’s candidates in their website. In view of the above, Carousel is left with no alternative but to officially dethrone you as Miss Earth Water 2013 effective immediately,” the organization told Kulsoontornrut.

The pageant organizer further disclosed that if Kulsoontornrut pushes through with her Miss International stint next month, she will compete with the Philippines’ Bianca Guidotti, in the hope of succeeding another Filipina, reigning Miss International Bea Rose Santiago.

Venezuela’s Alyz Henrich was named Miss Earth 2013 in the finals night held in Las Piñas in December last year while Austria’s Katia Wagner was named Miss Air with Korea’s Catharina Choi who was crowned as Miss Fire.

This year’s Miss Earth pageant will hold its finals night on November 29 at the UP Theater in Quezon City.