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May Myat Noe, winner of Miss Asia Pacific World pageant 2014, denies she accepted breast implants from the contest organisers

May Myat Noe, winner of Miss Asia Pacific World pageant 2014, denies she accepted breast implants from the contest organisers

May Myat Noe, winner of Miss Asia Pacific World pageant 2014, denies she accepted breast implants from the contest organisers

A Burmese beauty queen dethroned for alleged misconduct said she wants an apology before she returns her crown.

May Myat Noe, 16, said she would only return her crown if South Korean pageant organisers apologised. She also denied accepting free breast implants.

The teenager was training to become a K-pop star in South Korea after winning the Seoul-based Miss Asia Pacific World beauty pageant in May.

But last week the organisers stripped her of the title for alleged dishonesty, accusing her of absconding with the crown and the $10,000 implants, which they say they funded to enhance her budding singing career.

The beauty queen hit back and demanded an apology from the organisers.

"It is natural for me to feel that an apology should be demanded to rectify the damage they have done to the integrity of my country," she told a packed press conference in Yangon, the capital of Burma, which is also called Myanmar.

"I will return the crown only when they apologise to Myanmar, for the dignity of our country."

May Myat Noe also denied accepting free breast implants.

"I didn't have breast implants, but I don't want to go into details, to preserve my dignity," she said.

Young Choi, founder of Miss Asia Pacific World, has said she must return the crown.

"It's not for us but for her to apologise. She has been hurting our image and credibility," he said in Seoul.