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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Miss Bolivia Olivia Pinheiro will not participate in Miss Universe 2011

Miss Bolivia Olivia Pinheiro will not participate in Miss Universe 2011

Miss Bolivia 2010, Olivia Pinheiro, who had been in the eye of the hurricane these past weeks due to controversies about her real age, has declined to represent her country in the 2011 Miss Universe pageant, according to a press release sent by Promociones Gloria, national license holder of Miss Universe in Bolivia, this Thursday.

The controversy erupted last week when it was reported by TV programs that Pinheiro had not been accepted in the 2011 Miss Universe competition because she didn’t fulfill the age requirements. Promociones Gloria confirmed that they had not sent in the paperwork yet, which meant the disqualification was not true. However, the subject raised a controversy that made national and international headlines.

Pinheiro never faced the media, as she was vacationing in Brazil with her family (she is half Brazilian on her father’s side). Doubts about her real age started making headlines in the Bolivian media as the eager audience wanted to know what would happen if she was not accepted in Miss Universe, and if not, who would replace her.

On Thursday, January 27th, Olivia Pinheiro, surrounded by the controversy, took the decision of not representing Bolivia in the international pageant, citing ‘personal matters’. Promociones Gloria has sent a press release to all media outlets stating Pinheiro’s decision. However, she will remain ”Miss Bolivia 2010′ until she gives up her crown, in June.

The press release sent by Promociones Gloria indicates that the new Miss Bolivia 2011 will be chosen in late June, and the winner from this contest will go on to represent the country in the Miss Universe pageant, next September, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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