Montevideo, Uruguay – Sherika De Armas, a former Miss World beauty pageant contestant representing Uruguay, has passed away at the age of 26 after a two-year battle with cervical cancer, according to local Uruguayan media. De Armas competed in the 2015 Miss World contest in Sanya, China, as one of the youngest participants at the age of 18. Although she did not make it to the top 30, she was praised for her beauty, height, and charismatic personality.
De Armas, known for her passion for modeling, expressed her dreams of becoming a beauty, advertising, or catwalk model. She cherished the opportunity to participate in Miss Universe and embraced the challenges that came with it. Off the runway, De Armas ran the Shey De Armas Beauty Studio, where she sold personal care, makeup, and hair products. Additionally, she dedicated her time to the Pérez Scremini Foundation, an organization focused on childhood cancer.
News of De Armas’ untimely death has left her loved ones devastated. Her brother, Mayk’ De Armas, paid tribute to her on social media, writing, “Fly high, little sister. Always and forever.” Carla Romero, the reigning Miss Uruguay, described De Armas as “one of the most beautiful women I have ever met in my life” and expressed her belief that De Armas was “too evolved for this world.”
Cervical cancer, the disease that claimed De Armas’ life, is most commonly diagnosed in individuals over the age of 30. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend regular screenings and the HPV vaccine as preventive measures against the disease.
Sherika De Armas’ passing is a tragic loss for the beauty pageant community and her loved ones. Her memory will be cherished by those who knew her, and her impact will continue to inspire others in the industry.