Melissa Paredes (above), who was crowned Miss Peru World 2012 just last week, announced last Friday afternoon (July 6) that she is giving up her crown due to the harsh criticisms she received regarding a controversial photo of her posing as a bunny with her buttocks exposed.
"I'm not a showgirl and a dancer, I have nothing against those jobs. I'm Melissa Paredes, a woman who works to raise her family and I want Peru to know me. But I also want to announce that I am giving up my crown," she said on the set of the television program "Dos Sapos, Una Reina".
"That's my decision. I don't think you need a crown to be somebody. My family is affected by this (criticism), for them and for me, I am relinquishing the crown. I am a woman who knows her own worth and nobody has a right to criticize me for photos or my work as a model" she said.
Elba Fahsbender, who was first runner-up in the Miss Peru 2012 pageant, has been promoted to Miss Peru World 2012 and will compete in Miss World 2012 pageant in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China next month.
Tito Paz, organizer of the event, admitted to feeling embarrassed by Paredes's decision. "I'm telling her she has a lifetime ahead and she will have the full support of the entire organization".
|Melissa Paredes posing as a sexy bunny. She claims that these pics were taken years ago.|
Watch Melissa Paredes relinquishing her crown to Elsa Fahsbender
SOURCE: La República, Peru, 7/62012