Korea & World News
MYANMAR BEAUTY QUEEN SLAMS KOREAN CONTEST In one of the most bizarre and talked-about stories of the summer, Myanmar’s first international beauty queen, May Myat Noe, slammed Korean officials of the Miss Asia Pacific Contest for what she referred to as being called a liar and a thief by pageant organizers. The 16-year-old accused the events organizers about lying about her age - saying she was 18 instead of 16 - and tried to pressure her into getting plastic surgery from head to toe. Pageant organizers, on the other hand, denied these claims, stating that Noe ran off with a reported $100,000 tiara and was stripped of her crown due to her rudeness and dishonesty. Noe refused to give back the crown, stating that she wouldn’t return it unless organizers not only apologized to her but also to the country of Myanmar. “I’m not even proud of this crown,” she said. “I don’t want a crown from an organization with such a bad reputation.” The Korea Observer reported that the organizers’ office, claim-ed as the company’s address, did not exist and that Noe was asked to escort business tycoons despite her young age. The pageant denies all claims against them and are considering taking legal action against the paper. The organization is no stranger to controversy, after 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 in 2011. Noe reportedly was forced to undergo breast enhancement surgery in order to make her a more attractive K-pop star, a claim she denies.
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