Last Thursday Miss Michigan 2019 winner Kathy Zhu said on social media that she was stripped of the title at the Miss World America beauty pageant after the organization accused her of racism.
The 20-year-old tweeted a message sent by Miss World America State Director Laurie DeJack to her email where she told the young woman she was dismissed from being a pageant participant.
“Miss World America’s State/National/Chief Director accused me of being racist, Islamaphobic, and insensitive.”
“They stripped me of my Miss Michigan title due to my refusal to try on a hijab in 2018,” Kathy said, The Hill reported.
According to Daily Caller, by then Zhu had enrolled at the University of Central Florida and had the opportunity to attend a Hijab Day event there. However, she declined to try on a hijab and posted on Twitter what happened to her. This was not seen as a good thing by the critics, which led them to ask for her expulsion.
The model, which has 70,000 followers on her Twitter and Instagram accounts, shows herself as a follower of President Trump and publishes related content under the nickname @Political Kathy.
According to The Hill, Zhu noted that the contest officials had seen her social media posts before she became a contestant but she points out that they said they had been duped because of her Chinese legal name. The model claimed that the organization discriminates against people with conservative opinions.
In this way the 20-year-old argues that the current controversy has to do with a bigger issue than the organization’s previous knowledge of her social networks.
“They’re not letting people that represent another side of the story represent them,” she told Yahoo Lifestyle: “They only want someone to say things that people want to hear and there’s a lot of things in this world that it’s hard to hear.”
“It’s not even about a crown or a pageant. … It’s about the fact that people really do discriminate against people with conservative views,” the model remarked.