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Beauty Queen Refuses To Return Tiara After Row
A Burmese beauty queen is refusing to return her $100,000 (£60,398) tiara after pageant organisers accused her of lying about whether she had breast implants.
May Myat Noe, 18, reportedly disappeared with the crown after Miss Asia Pacific World organisers arranged to give her plastic surgery.
Pageant organisers say one of the goals of the event is to turn contest winners into actresses, pop stars, and world-class models by changing their looks.
And pageant director David Kim said Ms Noe was provided with a breast enhancement free of charge after winning the contest; a claim she denies.
"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. If she has no good nose, then maybe, if she likes, we can operate on her nose. If it's breasts, then breasts."
Mr Kim added the teenager was stripped of her title and "dethroned" because she was dishonest and unappreciative - and that she absconded with her bejewelled crown.
"She thinks as long as she keeps this crown she's the winner," Mr Kim said. "She's not."
Miss Noe has demanded an apology "to rectify the damage they have done to the integrity of my country".
"I will return the crown only when they apologise to Myanmar, for the dignity of our country," she said.
"I was put under duress to undergo head-to-toe cosmetic surgery which I refused...I didn't have breast implants, but I don't want to go into details, to preserve my dignity."
She said she flew back to Myanmar before realising organisers had decided to remove her title.
It has also been claimed there was disagreement over who was supposed to manage Ms Noe's career, with both her mother and event organisers wanting control.
Fifty years of self-imposed isolation kept Myanmar contestants off the international beauty contest stage until 2012.