Miss Universe New Zealand has run into rough waters; the Herald reports:
The newly crowned Miss Universe New Zealand may be stripped of her tiara because she is not a New Zealander.Unless the citizenship of South African-born Avianca Bohm is fast-tracked she is unlikely to be able to attend Donald Trump's Miss Universe pageant later this year.Representing Howick, the 22-year-old was crowned in a ceremony on Saturday night in Wellington.But less than 24 hours later, organisers admitted she should never have won.Yesterday, pageant director Val Lott blamed the judges and said they were told Ms Bohm was not eligible to win."It's not embarrassing for the competition. It's embarrassing for the [chief] judge, who should have taken on board what I said to him."It says that in their entry form. [Ms Bohm] and I both had a clear understanding that she couldn't win."I said, you can enter it because it will still be a lot of confidence-boosting and great for your area to represent Howick."Ms Lott has contacted organisers of Miss Universe 2012 to ask if Ms Bohm can represent New Zealand as a permanent resident.The judging panel was headed by Jack Yan, publisher of fashion magazine Lucire.Mr Yan told the Herald he disputed Ms Lott's version of events, but said he didn't want to get into a game of "he said, she said". "If I do that, it's going to drag on with no end. I think we need to look to the future and see what the next right step is."Another person involved in the competition, who asked not to be identified, pointed to an online casting call which said that to enter, "you must have NZ residency and citizenship".However, the Herald understands some of the other contestants also don't hold citizenship.