Myanmar-born May Myat Noe, deemed the most beautiful girl in Asia, will not return her prized crown until the beauty pageant organisers apologise for having called her “a liar” and “a thief”.
“Myanmar beauty queen had an ungrateful attitude since she was crowned Miss Asia Pacific World in May — even after sponsors paid her $10,000 plastic surgery tab,” says David Kim, media director for the South Korea-based pageant.
She left South Korea after rejecting the organisers’ offer for a breast enhancement surgery, taking the $100,000 crown with her.
“We thought she should be more beautiful…so we sent her to the hospital to operate on her breasts,” Kim said.
“It’s our responsibility,” Kim added. “If she has a no good nose, then maybe, if she likes, we can operate on her nose. If it’s breasts, then breasts.”
She denied accepting the breast enlargement and stated at a news conference that she had been dethroned for no reason. “I’m not even proud of this crown,” she said.
“I don’t want a crown from an organisation with such a bad reputation. But I won’t give it back to the Koreans unless they apologise.”
On her Facebook account, she added: “My mother, who was there with a three month visa, was forced to leave Korea on pain of termination of my contract even though the very contract stipulates my family can stay over.”
“I was told that, in order to generate funds to produce my music album, I need to accept invitations to escort some business tycoons whenever they require my company.”
She added that the directors of the pageant changed her age from 16 to 18 even though pageant rules explicitly state that contestants must be between the ages of 18 and 27 years old.
Controversy? Yes. But even in 2011, several contestants of the first edition of Miss Asia Pacific World had already protested the bad treatment and abuse by the Korean organisers.