Skip to main content

Miss New Zealand told to give up her tiara



The winner of Miss Universe New Zealand has called in lawyers after being told to give up her tiara by organisers.
The New Zealand Herald understands director Val Lott has delivered a letter to 22-year-old Avianca Bohm (photo), who was crowned this month, advising her that she is ineligible to represent New Zealand.
She also held a meeting with Ms Bohm in an effort to persuade her to quietly give up her title.
This year's beauty pageant quickly turned ugly when it emerged Ms Bohm, who was born in South Africa, does not have New Zealand citizenship. It has also emerged Miss Otago, who was third runner up, is an Australian citizen.
Yesterday neither Ms Lott nor Ms Bohm could be contacted.
But the regional licensee of Miss North Harbour, Melissa Martin, welcomed the decision, which would crown runner-up and Miss North Harbour Talia Bennett.
"The young woman is just ineligible to hold the title. It's not a witch hunt," she said.
"It's right and wrong. It's black and white - there's no grey area here."
However, Ms Bohm has sought legal advice in an attempt to continue her reign and has the backing of the competition's head judge, Jack Yan.
"The impression I've been getting ... is that as long as Avianca arrives at Miss Universe with a New Zealand passport, she's fine," Mr Yan said.
He said yesterday that he understood the process to speed up her citizenship was under way.
"From what I understand it will be [successful], because the exact same circumstances happened with Miss World New Zealand 2011."
Department of Internal Affairs spokesman Tony Wallace said he could not comment on individual applications for citizenship.
However, the citizenship office does urgently process applications on humanitarian grounds or in cases where urgency is required in order to represent New Zealand.
The Minister of Internal Affairs, Chris Tremain, approves or declines citizenship.
Ms Lott was aware that Ms Bohm did not have citizenship when she entered the competition, but said she had told Mr Yan that Ms Bohm should not win.
He denied this, and after the competition Ms Lott said she was confident Ms Bohm would gain citizenship and be able to represent New Zealand.
It now appears that she has back-tracked in the face of strong protests on social media and from supporters of Ms Bennett.
The day after the competition Ms Bohm told the Herald she had been talked into entering pageants by Ms Lott, who she met in 2007.
Nicholas Jones, New Zealand Herald
Source: APNZ, 6/15/2012


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Spain Wins Mister Global 2022

  Miguel Angel Lucas , 21, of Spain won the Mister Global 2022 title in Thailand on March 15, 2022. The 6'5" model and firefighter in training bested 31 other contestants.  The other four finalists include 1st runner-up Danh Linh of Vietnam, 2nd runner-up Dongwoo Shin of Korea, 3rd runner-up Juan Carlos da Silva of Venezuela, and 4th runner-up Gabriel Ortiz of Mexico. Photos courtesy of Mister Global

End Of The Year Review - Pageantry In 2021

  And the winner is... Miss Quasi-Normal. Runners-up include Miss Apartheid Universe and Miss Covid World.         2021 pageantry was characterized by a gradual return to normalcy as pageant competitions – which had been cancelled or postponed in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic – succeeded in staging physical productions while paying close attention to universal safety guidelines. Even major events like the Tokyo Summer Olympics, which was cancelled in 2020, successfully took place in 2021. Miss Universe and Miss Grand International held two editions (one each for 2020 and 2021), The Miss World finals was postponed for March 2022 after several contestants had tested positive for COVID-19 in Puerto Rico which hosts the pageant. The year was also a milestone for Miss Universe and Miss World’s 70th anniversary and Miss America’s 100th anniversary. TRANS-CENDENTAL MISS:    On March 8, 2021, Filipino-American  Kataluna Enrique z made history by being the first transwoman to be crowned

Miss USA Vice-President Max Sebrechts Accused Of Sexual Harassment

IMAGE COURTESY: MISS ACADEMY  Max Sebrechts, the husband of Crystle Stewart, President of Miss USA organization (and formerly Miss USA 2008), has been accused of sexual improprieties by several Miss USA 2021 contestants, according to a YouTube video “Miss USA Scandal?” by Natly Denise, a “truther and pop-culture enthusiast.” You can watch the entire video here: https://youtu.be/8xM2jXL6MXw On her video, Natly displays a screenshot  of an anonymous email sent to the affiliates of IMG/Endeavor including to Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization (MUO). The email was cc’d to Crystle and Michael Hannah (franchise director of Miss USA). The author of the email claims that MUO has been sent substantial evidence of Sebrechts’ sexual predatory behavior and Shugart has known about it for a while but didn’t say anything (obviously to cover it up and to protect Crystle). Natly also displays screenshots of direct messages sent to her by former Miss USA contestants (the names hav