Reputation and public image are very important to all beauty pageant queens and participants because the whole world is watching you during and even after the pageant!
So when there is something that would ruin the image and name of the company who sponsors the pageant winner, they have to take immediate action, which often ends up in contract termination and revoke of all benefits.
Though the matter is merely a hearsay, a winner of a beauty pageant is accusing the organizer of a beauty pageant of not handing her the $3,000 (RM8,900) prize money she was entitled to.
22-year-old Melissa Wix who is the former winner of Miss Bikinis Asia Singapore 2016, a pageant organized by Lumiere International, told Shin Min Daily that she was promised a $3,000 (RM8,900) cash after winning the contest.
In response to the claim, the organizer said that Melissa’s nude photos have been leaked online, and stripped her of her title on grounds of ‘unacceptable behavior’.
However, Melissa is claiming that the organizers did not uphold their bargain, and she has only received $500 (RM1,500) to date. She added that she also had to fork out money from her own pockets to participate in the pageant.
“The contract between the company and I ended in April 2017. I have done my part, but the company keeps finding trouble with me.
“They harassed me on Facebook and through my email, and even stripped me of my title.”
According to Melissa, she has lodged a police report in November 2017 over the alleged harassment and received a lawyer letter from the company in January 2018. She said that the company demanded a public apology or a six-digit sum compensation.
“On Tuesday night (February 13), a spokesman for the company called me, and asked me to remove my Facebook posting, or the company will pursue legal actions.
“I did not agree to the company’s demands, and I intend to report the case to the police when I return back to Singapore after Chinese New Year.”
However, when Lumiere International was contacted by reporters, a spokesman, Ms. Chen Hui Lin denied the accusations made by Melissa and accused her of defamation instead.
According to Ms. Chen, the $3,000 (RM8,900) prize that Melissa was entitled to, only $1,000 (RM2,900) was in cash money. The remaining $2,000 (RM5,900) was a model contract with the company.
In addition, the $1,000 cash money would be given out in two intervals – specifically after the winner was crowned, and the conclusion of the subsequent pageant in 2017.
“After Melissa was crowned the winner, she received $500 (RM1,500) cash immediately. The company also informed her of the clauses and conditions, which she agreed to.”
Ms. Chen also said that the company later found nude photos of Melissa circulating online, and considers this to be a serious harm to its reputation, hence, the company has decided to cancel all existing job opportunities given to Melissa, as well as her title.
“To the company, a pageant winner shouldn’t just be beautiful on the outside but more importantly, have an upright character. Ms. Wix is not a good role model, and the company was forced to make a decision.
“With regard to her defaming the company, we have already reported the case to the police, and we will be pursuing legal action.”
Girl, why did you think that nude photos would be okay to be circulated as a pageant queen?
What are your thoughts on this?