Denise Garrido: A 24-Hour Queen

I shared with you the controversy that happened in Miss Universe Canada 2013 HERE! Now, I will be sharing with you an interview of Denise Garrido with the National Post in Canada. Denise was announced as the winner during the finale of the pageant and was asked to relinquish her crown after 24 hours due to a typo that was discovered during the validation of the computerized scoring results. No one will probably wish to be on her position and if someone is in fact in her position, all hell will probably break loose – because that is the “expected” reaction…. But not for Denise!!!

Check-out the full article from National Post below:

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A 24-hour queen: Judge’s typo forces Miss Universe Canada winner to give back her crown

By: Joe O’Connor

I tell Denise Garrido that it is OK to be bitter. In fact, I urge her to be just a little bit bitter, because I would be bitter, and because being bitter, because feeling angry, because getting fall down drunk and busting some furniture and shouting at the moon that life isn’t fair would all fall within the realm of completely understandable reactions given her present situation.

Given that, on Saturday night, at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in Toronto, with scores of family and friends and complete strangers looking on, Ms. Garrido experienced something that she describes as perfect “bliss.”

“When they announced that I was the winner — that I was actually going to be Miss Universe Canada — it is something that I had always wanted ever since I was a little girl.

“It truly was a dream-come-true moment. I was so happy.”

Happy to don her glittering crown, happy to slip on the Miss Universe Canada sash, happy to receive a bouquet of flowers and accept congratulations from her fellow competitors before collapsing into her hotel room bed after a night of celebrating her win.

The 26-year-old ballroom dancing aficionado, who has a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo — and is a classically trained pianist to boot — was still happy the next morning after waking up to spend the day filming Miss Universe Canada 2013 promotional spots and basking in the sequined-glow of her beauty queen glory.

“I still couldn’t believe it,” she says.

And then the unbelievable happened: event organizers called Ms. Garrido into an urgent meeting at 10 p.m. Sunday.

“It started out on a positive note,” Ms. Garrido says. “Then they told me there had been a miscalculation, that the wrong winner had been found and that the runner-up was the actual winner.”

Then they asked the aspiring doctor from Bradford, Ont., to hand back her crown. And her Miss Universe Canada sash.

And all because of a glitch, all because some Miss Universe Canada judge screwed up when inputting the handwritten scorecards for the gowns and bikinis and skill testing question components of the three day competition into a computer, a mistake that, upon remedy, knocked Ms. Garrido from top spot to 3rd runner-up — ending her Ms. Universe Canada reign after 23 hours.

“It was shattering,” she tells me, over her car’s speakerphone, while driving from her parents’ home in Bradford to Toronto. “I was sad. I was disappointed. And I was embarrassed, really embarrassed, because everyone back home had been celebrating. Getting over my own ego has been the hardest thing.

“But being angry would not have changed this situation.”

I guess not.

Controversy is no stranger to the Miss Universe Canada franchise. A year ago the hubbub involved Jenna Talackova, a statuesque blond who happened to be born a man, and who was initially barred from the competition before organizers relented. Ms. Talackova was voted Miss Congeniality.

“It has been an interesting couple years, that is for sure,” says Andrew Lopez, a spokesperson for the event. “Denise has been an incredibly gracious young lady in dealing with this.”

You see, life is about seeing your glass as half full, about being an optimist, Ms. Garrido tells me. Stuff, even bad stuff, even nightmarish nutty stuff like, say, being crowned Miss Universe Canada on a Saturday night and being told on the Sunday that you have to give back the crown because of a judge’s typo, happens.

And when it does happen it can make you bitter, if you let it. But not if you are Denise Garrido, a young woman whose ability to spin a raw deal into a positive picture is a sparkling example of a true beauty — no crown required.

“Everything happens for a reason and for some reason the universe, in that moment, was like: ‘OK: Denise wants this so bad that we are going to give to it to her,’” Ms. Garrido says.

“She is going to live the moment. She is going to get the pictures with the crown. She is going to have the other girls congratulate her and now we are going to give it to the actual winner.’

“Despite everything else that has happened since, at least I was able to live my dream — for that one night I had my moment.”

“And that’s good enough for me.”

This interview made me fell in love with Denise… These, my friends, are the words of a true beauty queen. How I wish all of us will learn a thing or two from the words of Denise. In order for things to be better, I am hoping that Miss Universe Canada is conducting an investigation to identify the cause of the glitch. If it is because of the computers that were used or because of the tabulators, please ensure that you do something about it. Lastly, with this experience, please ensure that this will never happen again!

To Denise, thank you for teaching us a lesson on optimism and showing us how to be graceful in such “crazy” situation. Thank You! And I seriously, wish you the best that life has to offer!

— Kattera —

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