Eindhoven Delay, an Instagram activist with nearly 19,000 followers, was crowned Miss Holland World in July this year. She was selected from among nine candidates to represent the Netherlands in the Miss World contest, which will be held on December 16 in Puerto Rico. The 21-year-old winner, who now lives in Amsterdam, sees it now. “After she was crowned, we were told that if you wanted to go to the Miss World pageant, you should get vaccinated.”
It was Delay’s dream, who sings and works as a model and dancer, to represent Holland. “So I thought about it carefully and thought about taking a jab, but at one point I thought: ‘I’m not ready for this at all. I don’t feel good about it. I don’t know if I’ll take that shot later.’”
So it didn’t happen overnight. “I still had a few months to go, so I put it off all the time. At some point, I had to make an appointment to get the vaccine. The closer I got, the hotter it got.” I talked about it with friends and they noticed that Delay really didn’t like it. “They said, ‘You don’t really want it at all.’ That was simply the best option for me.”
Delay is not afraid to regret it. “That’s my choice at the moment. I’m standing behind it. I think I would have regretted it more if I did something I’m not comfortable with. The day I made the choice, I felt really bad. But I like to look ahead. That door will close, but you will open.” I have new doors.
Due to Delay’s withdrawal, Den Helder’s Lizzie Dube will represent the Netherlands in Puerto Rico. She came in second place during Miss World in the Netherlands.
The Miss World Organization of the Netherlands has been asked to respond, but has yet to respond.
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