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Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen seeks formal apology

YANGON--A Myanmar beauty queen dethroned for alleged misconduct said Tuesday she would only return her crown if South Korean pageant organizers apologized — and denied accepting free breast implants.

May Myat Noe, 16, 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 event organizers stripped her of the title for alleged dishonesty. They accused her of absconding with the pricey crown — and the US$10,000 implants, which they say they funded to enhance her budding singing career.

On Tuesday the beauty queen hit back and demanded an apology from the organizers.

"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.

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

May Myat Noe also denied accepting free breast implants.

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