Saturday 18 January 2020

Beauty queen 'on the run' with pageant crown after dethroning

May Myat Noe has been dethroned by a South Korean pageant
May Myat Noe has been dethroned by a South Korean pageant

Amy Sawitta

Myanmar’s first global beauty queen has absconded with her $100,000 (€76,000) crown after being stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, organisers said.

May Myat Noe’s photograph was blacked out on the Miss Asia Pacific World website, the word “dethroned” stamped alongside her name.

“She thinks as long as she keeps this crown she’s the winner,” said David Kim from the South Korea-based pageant. “She’s not.”

Organisers said Noe had “lied” and proved to be untrustworthy, but provided few details.

Noe was not immediately available for comment, but plans to hold a news conference at a later time.

Hla Nu Tun, who initially acted as her unofficial manager, said Noe and the organisers had disagreed over who should oversee her career. Noe’s mother wanted control, but so did the organisers, she said.

A half-century of military rule and self-imposed isolation kept Myanmar contestants off the stage of international beauty contests until 2012. When Noe was crowned in May, it was seen as a new beginning.

Following her victory, the organisers said they were arranging singing and video deals for her. But they also wanted to change the 5 foot 7 inch teen’s looks.

One of the pageant’s primary goals, Kim said, was to turn winners into regional superstars.

It was decided that Noe’s breasts were too small and could hold her back, and she accepted an offer of enhancements, he said.

“We thought she should be more beautiful... so we sent her to the hospital to operate on her breasts,” Kim said, adding that sponsors picked up the €7,600 tab.

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