Ex-Myanmar beauty queen accused of stealing crown

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Ex-Myanmar beauty queen accused of stealing crown
May Myat Noe, Myanmar's first international beauty queen, winner of 2014 Miss Asia Pacific World sites in the background of $ 100,000 worth crown that she allegedly ran away with, during a press conference in Yangon, Myanmar Tuesday, Sept 2, 2014. Dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar says she won't return her $100,000 crown until the pageant's organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
May Myat Noe, Myanmar's first international beauty queen, winner of 2014 Miss Asia Pacific World sites in the background of $ 100,000 worth crown that she allegedly ran away with, during a press conference in Yangon, Myanmar Tuesday, Sept 2, 2014. Dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar says she won't return her $100,000 crown until the pageant's organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
May Myat Noe, Myanmar's first international beauty queen, winner of 2014 Miss Asia Pacific World adjusts $ 100,000 worth crown that she allegedly ran away with, during a press conference in Yangon, Myanmar Tuesday, Sept 2, 2014. Dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar says she won't return her $100,000 crown until the pageant's organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
May Myat Noe, right, Myanmar's first international beauty queen, winner of 2014 Miss Asia Pacific World walks to participate in a press conference carrying $ 100,000 worth crown that she allegedly ran away with in Yangon, Myanmar Tuesday, Sept 2, 2014. Dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar says she won't return her $100,000 crown until the pageant's organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
May Myat Noe, Myanmar's first international beauty queen, winner of 2014 Miss Asia Pacific World pays attention to questions from reporters during a press conference in Yangon, Myanmar Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar says she won't return her $100,000 crown until the pageant's organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
May Myat Noe, Myanmar's first international beauty queen who was stripped of her Miss Asia Pacific World title, talks to journalists during a press conference with her mother in Yangon, Myanmar Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar says she won't return her $100,000 crown until the pageant's organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
May Myat Noe, Myanmar's first international beauty queen who was stripped of her Miss Asia Pacific World title, talks to journalists during a press conference in Yangon, Myanmar Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar says she won't return her $100,000 crown until the pageant's organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
May Myat Noe, Myanmar's first international beauty queen, winner of the 2014 Miss Asia Pacific World, sits with her crown that she allegedly ran away with, during a press conference in Yangon, Myanmar Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar said she won't return her $100,000 worth crown until the pageant's organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
May Myat Noe, left, Myanmar's first international beauty queen, winner of the 2014 Miss Asia Pacific World, comforts her mother San San Htwe after a press conference in Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar said she won't return her $100,000 worth crown until the pageant's organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
FILE - In this June 5, 2014 file photo, Myanmar model May Myat Noe, winner of Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 pageant, waves a miniature flag of the country upon her arrival at Yangon International Airport in Yangon, Myanmar. The first Myanmar national to win an international pageant has been stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, and has allegedly run off with the expensive crown and breast implants. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
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In this June 5, 2014 photo, Myanmar model May Myat Noe waves upon her arrival at Yangon International Airport in Yangon, Myanmar. May Myat Noe returned to her homeland on Thursday after she was crowned the Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 pageant which was held in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
In this June 5, 2014 photo, Myanmar model May Myat Noe waves a miniature flag of Myanmar upon her arrival at Yangon International Airport in Yangon, Myanmar. May Myat Noe returned to her homeland on Thursday after she was crowned the Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 pageant which was held in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
In this June 5, 2014 photo, Myanmar model May Myat Noe waves a miniature flag of Myanmar upon her arrival at Yangon International Airport in Yangon, Myanmar. May Myat Noe returned to her homeland on Thursday after she was crowned the Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 pageant which was held in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
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May Myat Noe, Myanmar's first international beauty queen, winner of the 2014 Miss Asia Pacific World sits with her crown that she allegedly ran away with, during a press conference in Yangon, Myanmar Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar said she won't return her $100,000 worth crown until the pageant's organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's first international beauty queen has absconded with her $100,000 crown after being stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, organizers said Friday.

May Myat Noe's photograph was blacked out on the Miss Asia Pacific World website, the word "dethroned" stamped alongside her name.

"She thinks as long as she keeps this crown she's the winner," said David Kim, director of media for the South Korea-based pageant. "She's not."

Organizers said Noe had "lied" and proved to be untrustworthy, but provided few details.

Noe was not immediately available for comment. She planned to hold a news conference at a later time, according to Eleven Media, a Myanmar newspaper.

Hla Nu Tun, who initially acted as her unofficial manager, said Noe and the organizers had disagreed over who should oversee her career. Noe's mother wanted control but so did the organizers, she said.

A half-century of military rule and self-imposed isolation kept Myanmar contestants off the stage of international beauty contests until 2012. When Noe was crowned in May, it was seen as a new beginning for young, talented beauties.

Following her victory, the organizers said they were arranging singing and video deals for her. But they also wanted to change the 172-centimeter (5-foot 7-inch) teen's looks, Kim said.

One of the pageant's primary goals, he said, is to turn winners into regional superstars: actresses, pop icons, and world-class models.

It was decided that Noe's breasts were too small and could hold her back, and she accepted an offer of enhancements, he said.

"We thought she should be more beautiful ... so we sent her to the hospital to operate on her breasts," Kim said, adding that sponsors picked up the $10,000 tab, as they had for previous winners.

"It's our responsibility," he said. "If she has no good nose, then maybe, if she likes, we can operate on her nose. If it's breasts, then breasts."

Kim said that troubles started from there, with the beauty queen bringing her mother to Seoul for what was supposed to be a 10-day visit but stretched into three months.

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