Miss World Netherlands has pulled out of the beauty pageant final in December to avoid having to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Dilay Willemstein, 21, made the surprise announcement Tuesday in an Instagram post saying she would “no longer represent the Netherlands … on the big Miss World stage.”
“This is partly due to the vaccination obligation,” she admitted, saying, “Personally I am not ready for this yet.”
“After I was crowned, we were told that if you want to go to Miss World you must be vaccinated,” she further explained to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad (AD) of the Puerto Rico final scheduled for Dec. 16.
“So I thought about it carefully and considered taking the jab, but at a certain point I thought: