Miss Wales hospitalized after car accident 4 months before Miss World

  • Miss Wales Darcey Corria has been hospitalized following a car crash in South Wales on Thursday.
  • Her injuries include two broken bones in her neck, a Miss Wales representative told Insider on Saturday.
  • The accident comes just four months before Corria will compete for the Miss World title in May.

Miss Wales has been hospitalized with serious injuries following a car crash in her home country.

Darcey Corria, 21, was involved in an accident in Bridgend, South Wales on Thursday, a representative for Miss Wales confirmed in a statement to Insider on Saturday. The beauty queen, who is from the town of Barry, is currently receiving treatment for multiple injuries, including a broken pelvis and neck injuries.

“The 21-year-old beauty queen and black rights campaigner is at the University Hospital of Wales being treated for a number of injuries, including a broken pelvis and two broken bones in her neck,” the rep said. “She is receiving lots of love and support from her close family and is expected to make a full recovery.”

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The accident comes just four months before Corria is set to compete in the upcoming 71st annual Miss World pageant in May.

“While the accident will have an immediate impact on Darcey’s preparation for Miss World in May, we are hopeful and confident that she will still be able to fly the flag for Wales thanks to her own personal determination, the love and support of her family and the incredible team of medics at UHW,” a post shared by the official Miss Wales Instagram told her followers on Saturday.

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Darcey, who is of mixed race and Jamaican heritage, is an advocate for black rights and has been actively involved in anti-racism legislation in Wales, according to an article the BBC published in May 2022.

In an Instagram post she shared after being crowned Miss Wales the same month, Darcey wrote that history had been made.

“I hope that the crowning achievement shows little girls that they too can take their place and make their dreams come true,” she wrote in the caption.

According to the BBC, Darcey is the first person of color to be crowned Miss Wales since 1997.

The outlet reported that she spoke about using her platform as Miss Wales to fight racism: “I think the Miss Wales platform is a great platform and if I can work with the Miss Wales brand we can really be a force to be reckoned with in terms of tackling racism.”

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