Beauty queens who were booted from pageants

Maybe “world peace” could start from the beauty pageants?

Taiwanese beauty queen kicked out of Miss Earth pageant for refusing to change sash
Taiwanese beauty queen kicked out of Miss Earth pageant for refusing to change sash
23 Nov 2015

Taiwanese beauty queen kicked out of Miss Earth pageant for refusing to change sash

“World peace” may be one of the most clichéd answers given during beauty pageants, but the pageant world is anything but peaceful. On Sunday (Nov 22), Taiwan's representative at Miss Earth 2015, Ting Wen-yin, was kicked out of the competition for refusing to wear a sash that reads "Miss Chinese Taipei" instead of the "Miss Taiwan ROC.

"I told them (organisers) 30,000 times that Taiwan is Taiwan. I was born in Taiwan, my sash now says Taiwan, I represent Taiwan, and I'm going to use the name of Taiwan in appearing at this pageant," wrote the 22-year-old on her Facebook page. Their response? “Change the sash or just leave,” and so she did.

Wen-yin is not the first beauty queen who got kicked out from a pageant. Click through to read about more beauties who got the boot for controversial reasons.

Who: Anastasia Lin (Canada)
Who: Anastasia Lin (Canada)
23 Nov 2015

Who: Anastasia Lin (Canada)

Reason: Human rights advocacy

Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin is supposed to be in Sanya, China, right now competing for the Miss World title but has since been disqualified as she did not make it to the country. The 25-year-old did not receive her invitation letter from Chinese pageant organisers which is needed to apply for a visa, allegedly due to her human rights advocacy.

Born and raised in Hunan, Anastasia moved to Canada when she was a teen and has spoken up against human rights abuses in China. After winning the Miss World Canada crown earlier this year, her father, who still lives in China, was contacted by Chinese security forces and told that there would be consequences if she continued to speak out.

Photos: Anastasia Lin's Facebook

Who: Elizabeth Houghton (Singapore)
Who: Elizabeth Houghton (Singapore)
23 Nov 2015

Who: Elizabeth Houghton (Singapore)

Reason: Smoking

Singapore’s representative in the Miss Grand International 2013 pageant in Bangkok, Elizabeth Houghton, saw her pageant dreams go up in smoke after she was sent home after ten days. The reason? Smoking (at least officially). In addition, organisers said that the then 18-year-old had failed to fulfill her responsibilities at the pageant, often skipping activities as she was “not feeling well”.

However, Elizabeth claimed “there wasn’t even a real reason” why she was dropped. “I woke up one morning with a pulled neck strain and I had to be sent to the hospital. When I came back, they told me to pack my bags as they did not want to take care of me anymore,” she said in a radio interview. “If it was because of smoking, 20 other [girls] would be sent home.”

Photos: Miss Grand International

Who: Jenna Talackova (Canada)
Who: Jenna Talackova (Canada)
23 Nov 2015

Who: Jenna Talackova (Canada)

Reason: Not “naturally born female”

Never mind that the tall, buxom blonde beauty is the stuff of dreams for many men, Jenna Talackova was banned from the Miss Universe Canada pageant in 2012 after organisers found out that she was a transgender. Apparently, rules state that contestants must be a “naturally born female” and Jenna had been lied in her application. Following threats of a lawsuit, they reversed their decision and Jenna was later allowed back in the competition, where she finished in the Top 12.

Photos: Miss Universe

Who: Paola Builes (Colombia)
Who: Paola Builes (Colombia)
23 Nov 2015

Who: Paola Builes (Colombia)

Reason: Bikini was “too revealing”

And we thought beauty pageants are skin contests. Model Paoloa Builes was stripped of her Miss Antioquia crown and disqualified from the Miss Colombia competition last year after snaps of her posing in a skimpy bikini were leaked by fans of a rival beauty queen. Organisers felt that the “inappropriate” pictures breached competition rules against being photographed in a bikini below a certain size. Shocked at the dismissal, Paoloa said she felt "discriminated" against as other contestants too have photos of themselves in lingerie and “tiny clothing”.

Photos: Will Cadena Photography

Who: Maria Venus March (Philippines)
Who: Maria Venus March (Philippines)
23 Nov 2015

Who: Maria Venus March (Philippines)

Reason: Inconsistencies in birth records

Maria Venus March was supposed to represent the Philippines at the Miss Universe contest in 2010 but was dethroned due to "inconsistencies in her birth records". Turns out her birth certificate states that she was born in the Philippines to married parents when she was actually born in Qatar out of wedlock. Maria appealed, was reinstated and eventually finished fifth in the Miss Universe pageant.

Who: Danielle Tyler (England)
Who: Danielle Tyler (England)
23 Nov 2015

Who: Danielle Tyler (England)

Reason: She is a mum

Despite being accepted into the Miss England pageant last year, Danielle Tyler, 23, was later barred from participating because she is a mother. After learning about the “no children policy”, Danielle decided to double check with organisers, and that was when the mother-of-one was informed via email that she could no longer continue in the contest. Organisers defended the rule, saying it was in place to ensure the winner can carry out her role to the full, without neglecting any children she may have.

Who: Christine Balaguer (Philippines)
Who: Christine Balaguer (Philippines)
23 Nov 2015

Who: Christine Balaguer (Philippines)

Reason: Unknown

Another Filipino contestant who was given the boot was deaf beauty and hot favourite Christine Balaguer. Though the 24-year-old model did not disclose the reason she was forced to resign from the Miss Philippines pageant earlier this year, she wrote in a Facebook post that “being deaf is not the end of the world” and that it’s her dream to be the first deaf candidate to win Miss Philippines. Christine, who finished in the Top 10 in the Miss World Philippines in 2014, said was “depressed” about the resignation but would continue to chase her pageant dreams and be an inspiration to the deaf and disabled community. 

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