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Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen blasts pageant boss


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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Pat September 02 2014 at 1:36 PM

does Black America still compete in their own RACIST pageant ... Miss Black America ???

can you imagine the outrage if there was a pageant titled Miss WHITE America?

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Buck Nakey September 02 2014 at 11:51 AM

Backward countries trying to have Americanized beauty pageants and the nasty old men running the pageant are trying to buy sexual favors for a higher placement in the contest... nothing new here.

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gov111w September 02 2014 at 11:15 AM

Throw the crown in the ocean, along with all Beauty contests and Contestants and Judges !

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latinguytony gov111w September 02 2014 at 9:16 PM

OH grow up bozo...

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zombiestalkers gov111w September 02 2014 at 10:23 PM

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moebrit September 02 2014 at 11:47 AM

So, she took a crown that didn't belong to her and she wants an apology! People can only do to you what you allow them to, when her age was stated as 18 why didn't she correct that and give her correct age?
It is obvious that she went along because she wanted fame and the money that comes with it!

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toneitup September 02 2014 at 10:58 AM

Be classy give it back and move on

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wizard2 toneitup September 02 2014 at 11:46 AM

Be honest, admit you lied about this girl and you'll get your crown back.

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latinguytony toneitup September 02 2014 at 9:18 PM

Classy ? She 'deliberately' STOLE it . She did NOT forget she had it. She IS a liar AND a thief. Prosecute her to the fullest extent of the laws in her land !

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Denise September 02 2014 at 11:30 AM

It's a shame this happened - she is a beautiful girl and in a few short years she had a chance and would fit the criteria for the pageant. Now her chances are gone. I hope if there is an issue with the director and others in charge then kudos for bringing it out in the open. Now that you've made your point - give them the crown and move on.

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rowenaformans0 September 02 2014 at 11:03 AM

I found this to be really interesting. Are there any more sources on this? I would like to know more about this.

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dwtomczyk September 02 2014 at 11:29 AM

but was her hair messed up when her crown was removed?

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chuck September 02 2014 at 11:40 AM

give it up looser

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joseph0958 September 02 2014 at 4:16 PM

Considering it's SE Asia, there's always a career for her in prostitution and porn....

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