Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen blasts pageant boss

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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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By ESTHER HTUSAN

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - A dethroned 16-year-old beauty queen from Myanmar said Tuesday she won't return her bejeweled $100,000 crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief.

May Myat Noe - the country's first winner of an international beauty contest - lashed back at her accusers at a tightly packed news conference.

She said representatives of the Miss Asia Pacific World pageant lied about her age - saying she was 18 instead of 16 - and tried to pressure her into getting plastic surgery "from head-to-toe."

Noe denied having breast implants as claimed by David Kim, director of media for the pageant. He said the surgery was provided free of charge, part of efforts to boost the teen into super-stardom.

Kim said Noe was stripped of her title last week because she was dishonest and unappreciative, and that she ran off with her tiara after learning of the decision.

Noe said she boarded a plane for Myanmar before getting word.

She said she did not intend to steal the crown, but also wasn't going to give it back without a "sorry," not just to her, but also to Myanmar.

"I'm not even proud of this crown," she said after opening a blue box and placing the tiara on the table in front of her.

"I don't want a crown from an organization with such a bad reputation."

Her mother, who accompanied Noe on the trip to South Korea, cried when asked about the experience.

The Miss Asia Pacific World pageant, now in its fourth year, is no stranger to controversy.

In 2011, Wales representative Amy Willerton and several other contestants alleged that the contest had been fixed after a woman representing Venezuela was apparently named runner-up of the talent round before competing.

The argument with organizers - captured on video and uploaded to YouTube under the title "Confessions of a Beauty Queen" - was widely circulated in the pageant community.

Some of the contestants also accused officials of asking the women for sex in return for higher placement in the contest, and charged that the police called into investigate the allegations were bribed.

Those allegations were denied by Kim.

"It is not true that the girls were sleeping with the organizers or the director," he said. "The police already announced that these were just rumors. We checked everything, the CCTV in the hotel, everything. It was just rumors."

Myanmar, which only recently emerged from a half century of military rule and self-imposed isolation, started sending contestants to international pageants again in 2012.

Noe's win was widely covered in local media.

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