UPDATE: This story has been amended to include a statement from Vault Faces founder Dana Sopah.
A local beauty pageant winner has been stripped of her Miss Bikini Universe Singapore crown following an alleged dispute with the organiser over her prize money.
Feline Wong Xin Yi took to social media to voice her dissatisfaction with the organiser, talent management agency Vault Faces, after it informed her that she would be removed as the pageant’s winner.
Saying that the decision was arbitrary and unfair, Wong said in her Facebook posts on Sunday (7 October) and Tuesday that she had been called “rude” and “backstabbing” by the organiser in a Whatsapp conversation after she enquired when she would receive her pageant prizes.
Vault Faces has since transferred the crown to the first runner-up, 20-year-old undergraduate Andrea Wong. The pageant was held on 15 September at the AJ Hackett bungy jumping site on Sentosa,
Founder of Vault Faces and national director of Miss Bikini Universe Singapore Dana Sopah, said in a statement on Tuesday that Wong had been officially disqualified as the winner as she had breached the terms and conditions that pageant participants were subject to.
Sopah added that Wong’s breach was not due to any one isolated incident, and that Vault Faces had a zero tolerance policy when it comes to the rules so as to protect the interests of candidates, sponsors and the pageant.
Wong, however, countered that there was no evidence that she was in breach of the rules cited by Vault Faces.
She posted images on Facebook of what she said was a letter from Vault Faces disqualifying her as a beauty queen, in which the company said that Wong had breached clauses preventing her from defaming the pageant organiser and interacting with sponsors without permission.
In the letter, Vault Faces asked Wong to return her crown, winner sash and cheque board.
Wong also shared screenshots of a Whatsapp conversation between her and a “Dana”, an organiser with Vault Faces. Wong said she had waited two weeks with no reply after asking for updates regarding her prizes, which included a $1,000 cash prize. Dana appeared to be upset with Wong for asking when she would receive her prizes.
Wong wrote, “These are all her assumptions against me without any proof or evidence. I asked her for proof but she is unable to provide a single one.” She said she would not give up her beauty queen title until Vault Faces explained how she had breached the rules.
Miss Bikini Universe Singapore describes itself on its Facebook page as a pageant and fitness model competition, in which contestants are judged on their fitness physique.
Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore has reached out to Wong and Vault Faces for comment.
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