Sherika de Armas, the former Miss Uruguay World who passed away last week at the age of 26, competed in the Miss World pageant in 2015 while representing her home country of Uruguay.
According to reports from the area, she passed away after a two-year fight against cervical cancer, as The Daily Mail reported.
The young woman's friends and family members expressed their sorrow in a public setting. Her brother Mayk' De Armas penned the following in a letter to her: "Fly high, little sister. At all times and for all eternity."
Carla Romero, the current holder of the title of Miss Uruguay, once stated that De Armas was "too evolved for this world."
She went on to say that the ravishing brunette was "one of the most beautiful women I have ever met in my life."
The current reigning Miss Uruguay, Lola de los Santos, has extended her sympathies to the De Armas family following the news of her untimely death.
At the Miss World competition in 2015, which took place in Sanya, China, De Armas was one of the only contestants her age to take part. She had just turned 18 at the time.
Despite the fact that she did not place in the top 30, she was hailed as "one of the young promising talents of Uruguay" due to her "beautiful face, towering height, and charismatic personality."
In her life outside of pageants, Shey De Armas developed the Shey De Armas Beauty Studio, which she used to run as a business selling beauty and lifestyle products.
De Armas stated that she had
'always wanted to be a mode, whether a beauty model, an advertising model or a catwalk model," in a prior interview conducted in Spanish.
"I like everything related to fashion and I think that within a beauty pageant, any girl's dream is to have the opportunity to participate in Miss World. I am very happy to be able to live this experience full of challenges," she said.
In addition to her work in pageants and the beauty industry, Dar Armas volunteered her time to the Pérez Scremini Foundation, which is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of cancer in children.
While women between the ages of 35 and 45 are most likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer, over 20 percent of young women are diagnosed with the disease when they reach the age of 65.
If cervical cancer is detected at an early stage, the National Cancer Institute reports that the relative survival rate for the first five years after diagnosis is 91 percent. When it has already spread to the tissues and organs in the immediate area, the survival rate drops to sixty percent.