New Zealand pageant queen told title was intended for 'another Indian girl'
Published 19/05/2014 | 13:10
A beauty pageant queen in New Zealand is seeking compensation from event organisers after they claimed her crown was intended 'for another Indian girl'.
Synthia Nath (19) was announced as Miss Globe New Zealand 2014 on May 10th, but was told by organisers two days later she was mistook for another contestant and accidentally announced as the winner.
Ms Nath claims that she contacted pageant bosses to enquire about her prize money and subsequent competition in Turkey at the Miss Globe pageant.
However, she was told she would need to raise $3,000 to cover her costs.
Ms Nath is said to have been confused with Loriza Latif, who also competed in the pageant.
"They told me, 'Do you have $3000?," she said of initially contacting organisers after her win.
"I was shocked, I was like, 'Aren't you supposed to give me the money?' They were like 'No' and asked if I had the three grand or not."
"She said, 'I mixed up the name somehow and it was another Indian girl that should have won.'"
Organisers of the Face of Beauty International Ltd pageant said it was an "honest mistake" because the pair "look alike", according to the New Zealand Herald.