Wednesday 22 October 2014

Beauty queen tearfully quits after hail of brutal comments on social media

Published 09/06/2014 | 16:21

Weluree Ditsayabut, was crowned Miss Universe Thailand. (AP Photo)
Miss Universe Thailand Weluree Ditsayabut, 22, weeps during a news conference at Renaissance Hotel in Bangkok. Reuters/Stringer
Weluree Ditsayabut, centre, with two runner-ups Pimbongkod Chankaew, left, and Sunnanipa Krissanasuwan, right, after the Miss Universe Thailand beauty pageant competition in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo)

Miss Universe Thailand has resigned less than a month into her reign after being harshly criticised on social media over her political comments and looks.

Weluree Ditsayabut, 22, tearfully announced she was giving up the title that would have allowed her to compete in the international Miss Universe pageant.

The actress and former talk show host said the hail of brutal comments on social media had given her and her mother sleepless nights.

Ms Weluree was pilloried online for comments she had posted earlier on Facebook that called for the execution of all supporters of the former Thai government, whom she characterised as opposing the country's monarchy.

She was also accused of being too fat.

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