One of the reasons why Ms Myanmar was dethroned: She's only 15

2 September 2014 / 2 years 1 month ago

One reason that Miss Myanmar May Myat Noe was dethroned as Miss Asia Pacific 2014 is she is aged only 15, said Lawrence Choi, president of the Supertalent of the World Incorporation that holds Miss Asia Pacific World contest.

Choi said that only those aged between 18 and 27 years old could join the beauty pageant, reports AsiaOne.

"Her real birth-date was October 13, 1998," said the president. He stated he learnt that in early May when it was too late to find her replacement.

She was crowned Miss Asia Pacific 2014 in the month.

According to a report in AFP, the beauty queen said Tuesday she would only return her crown if South Korean pageant organisers apologised -- and denied accepting free breast implants.

May Myat Noe, 16, was training to become a K-pop star in South Korea after winning the Seoul-based Miss Asia Pacific World beauty pageant in May.

But last week the event organisers stripped her of the title for alleged dishonesty. They accused her of absconding with the pricey crown -- and the $10,000 implants, which they say they funded to enhance her budding singing career.

On Tuesday the beauty queen hit back and demanded an apology from the organisers.

"It is natural for me to feel that an apology should be demanded to rectify the damage they have done to the integrity of my country," she told a packed press conference in Yangon.

"I will return the crown only when they apologise to Myanmar, for the dignity of our country."

May Myat Noe also denied accepting free breast implants.

"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 details, to preserve my dignity," she said.

Event organisers last week accused the teen of being hard to manage, saying her behaviour had left them "very angry".

"She lied a lot to us about many things. Our past queens also complained -- because of her, their reputations will suffer," event spokesman David Kim told AFP from Seoul.

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