Dethroned Myanmar Beauty Queen Refuses to Return Tiara Until Pageant Apologizes

Last week, Miss Asia Pacific World dethroned Myanmar’s first international beauty Queen, May Myat Noe, for alleged dishonesty and accused her of absconding with a $100,000 tiara and free breast implants.

Noe lashed back in a press conference held in Yangon on Tuesday.

“I’m not even proud of this crown,” She said after opening a blue jewelry box and setting the tiara on the table, “I don’t want a crown from an organization with such a bad reputation.”

Photo Credit: Soe Zeya Tun of Reuters

Photo Credit: Soe Zeya Tun of Reuters

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Noe said the South Korea-based pageant lied about her age, stating that she was 18 instead of 16. According to the pageant’s official website, the minimum required age to enter the contest is 18, but despite this restriction, May Myat Noe was somehow still allowed to compete.

She also denied accepting breast implants as claimed by David Kim, director of media for Miss Asia Pacific World. Kim had claimed that the $10,000 tab for the surgery was picked up by sponsors in order to enhance the teen beauty queen’s budding singing career.

“I was put under duress to undergo head-to-toe cosmetic surgery, which I refused… I didn’t have breast implants, but I don’t want to go into any details to preserve my dignity,” Noe said.

Photo Credit: Soe Zeya Tun of Reuters

Photo Credit: Soe Zeya Tun of Reuters

 

She also said she boarded a plane back to her home country before getting word of her dethronement and did not intend to steal the crown. However, now that the Swarovski tiara is in her possession, Noe refuses to return it without a “sorry.”

I will return the crown only when they apologize to Myanmar, for the dignity of our country,” she said.

Among other allegations, May Myat Noe said the organizers asked her to escort business tycoons “whenever they required” her company in order to generate funds to produce her music album.

Y.C. Choi, the president and founder of Miss Asia Pacific World, denied these claims and told AFP that the organization had photographic evidence of Noe on an operating table for the breast implant operation.

“She has been lying. She also lied at today’s news conference. She must return the crown,” Choi said, adding that his organization is ready to consider a lawsuit if Noe “refuses to cooperate.”

When The Korea Observer asked Choi what drove him to dethrone Noe as Miss Asia Pacific World 2014, he argued that Noe disgraced the organization by borrowing money from a nurse to buy $18 bras after breast implants, complaining about not having schedules sent to her in advance, and her unwillingness to pay extra expenses incurred during her mother’s extended stay.

This is not the first time Miss Asia Pacific World had a controversy.

In 2011, Amy Willerton, a contestant from Wales, alleged that the contest had been fixed after the contestant representing Venezuela was apparently named runner-up of the talent round before she even competed.

During the pageant’s four-year history, there were also other contestants who accused the officials of asking the women for sex in exchange for better rankings in the pageant.

– STORY BY REERA YOO

This story was originally published on iamkoream.com 

Photos via NY Daily News

U.S. Protests Miss World Results: Is Megan Young Filipino or American?

This past Saturday, the 2013 Miss World pageant was won by 23-year-old Miss Philippines, Megan Young. Held in Indonesia, the Miss World 2013 pageant had contestants from 127 countries competing for the oldest international beauty pageant title.

Young’s victory was a big win for the Philippines. By earning the Miss World title, Philippines is now the third country, after Brazil and Venezuela, to win all four major international beauty contests: Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International, and Miss Earth.

This should be very celebrated news, but after Nina Davuluri, we should have known better than to expect no controversy.

It is rumored that less than 24 hours after the pageant results, the U.S. filed a formal protest with the Miss World pageant organizers. Although Young spent most of her life in the Philippines, she was born in the United States. The protest is allegedly arguing that because of this, she should be credited as a U.S. entry as well. The protest claims that because her father is American, her surname “sounds very American.” Apparently, she should be declared a “dual contestant” because of her dual citizenship.

Thankfully, these rather outrageous protests are not confirmed. This does not, however, stop American media outlets such as CNN and Hollywood Life from emphasizing her birthplace.

So first Nina Davuluri isn’t “American enough” because of her ethnic background. Now, despite Megan Young culturally identifying as a Filipina, America wants to be credited in her win because she was born in the U.S.

Yeah. That makes a load of sense.

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