(CMR) Miss China World has reportedly been stripped of the title after she was accused of faking her academic credentials to enter the beauty pageant.
Reports are that Qin Zewen was recently declared the new Miss China after the incumbent was stripped of her title. Qin said she had a master’s degree from Fudan University and worked as an analyst at a security consultancy. However, trade regulator Securities Association of China, the trade regulatory organization, has refuted this, insisting that she holds only a bachelor’s degree and is not a licensed analyst.
The organizers of the Miss World competition said in a statement: “We are concerned with the complaints regarding the Miss China candidate that we have received. We will look into the matter, and if the rules have been breached, appropriate actions will be taken.”
Qin Zewen (25), who has not responded to the allegations, posted a picture online showing her with two friends. It was captioned: “An ordinary little girl.” She was declared China’s representative in the 71st Miss World competition after Ruan Yue, the winner of this year’s Miss China competition was stripped of her title over “inappropriate acts.”
It is unclear why she was chosen over the runner-up or the second runner-up to represent the country on the world stage. Reports are that Qin was not even a regional winner of the Miss China competition and was relatively unknown in the country, with just 3,500 followers on the microblogging site Weibo.
The Times reported that Du Yang, the 2014 Miss China, wrote in an online post that “many odd things” had happened surrounding China’s involvement in this year’s Miss World event.
“I understand the economy is not doing well, and the organizers have many difficulties. But, even with difficulties, there should be no act that severely violates competition rules,” Du said. She did not elaborate but added she would be in touch with the headquarters to “safeguard the brand reputation of Miss World.”