One of the candidates for Miss Costa Rica 2019 has been disqualified. This was because of her age. While beautiful, she was older than the maximum age limit for the competition.
The rules state that the limit is that the ladies can be no older than 28 in December 2019. Paula Mendieta, of Curridabat, turned 29 in January. The director of the national beauty pageant stated that they can not cover up a lie or information withheld.
Mendieta assumed that the maximum age had to do with when one entered the contest. She was still 28 when she registered in the first days of January. She attached a copy of her ID to the registration sheet and was allowed to register. She says she is grateful to Teletica for the opportunity to have been considered for the contest.
Nine contestants are left to compete for the crown. The road to the crown officially starts on April 25 and the final gala will be held on July 19.