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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Miss World 2012: Malawi vs. New Zealand

One of the most talked about moments of the 2012 Miss World Pageant that took place last Saturday was the jaw-dropping incident between Miss New Zealand and Miss Malawi. After Miss New Zealand was announced, it was Malawi's turn who then appeared to shove New Zealand right out of the way. Relive the incident:

Now, let's see how this incident was perceived by the respected parties involved:

New Zealand:
 
Miss NZ stunned by rival's push
 
Otago Times (originally from The New Zealand Herald)
 
It's the moment dubbed the "pageant push" and has more than 115,000 views on YouTube.
But the victim, Kiwi beauty queen Collette Lochore, says it was just plain "surreal".
The 18-year-old Miss World New Zealand, was posing on stage when she was jostled out of camera view by Miss Malawi, Susan Mtegha.
After a short verbal exchange between the two, Ms Mtegha elbowed Ms Lochore out of view and stood smiling in her place.
"It's crazy. It was streaming live ... and there I am getting pushed off my mark on stage," Ms Lochore told the Herald when she arrived back at Auckland Airport last night.
Ms Lochore, who first saw the video footage when in transit in Sydney yesterday, said she was still in a state of disbelief.
"All you can do is just hold your own and represent New Zealand how you want to."
The competition in the inner Mongolian city of Ordos in China pitted 116 beauty queens against one another and was eventually won by Miss China, Yu Wenxia.
But it was the on-stage jostle that caught everyone's attention.
Despite the ugly incident, Ms Lochore said she harboured no bad feelings towards Miss Mtegha, a fashion designer and dancer.
Speaking from Shanghai on Monday, the director of Miss World NZ, Desmond Foulger, said he would complain about the incident.
However, Ms Lochore said she had asked Mr Foulger not to make an official complaint.
"I think it has nothing to do with the Miss World pageant. They just had no control over what the contestants were doing and it wasn't at the standard we felt it should have been."
This year's pageant is likely to be Ms Lochore's last, but she would like to help the next Miss World NZ do her best and focus on the pageant's association with charity work.
Ms Lochore said that to date she had raised $26,000 which will go towards helping children and the disadvantaged around the world.
She teaches drama to young people aged 3 to 18 and was this year inducted as the youngest member of the New Lynn Rotary Club.
- Harry Pearl, NZ Herald
Outa my way: The world witnessed Miss Malawi pushing Miss New Zealand out of her way. This has been of the most talked about incident of the pageant that was unsurprisingly won by the host delegate, China's Wenxia Yu, in Ordos.

Malawi:

Miss Malawi defiant on ‘pageant push’, says no apologies
 

The country’s beauty queen, Susan Mtegha, has said she cannot apologise for pushing Miss New Zealand, Collette Lochore, on stage at the Miss World in China last Saturday.
Miss Malawi, 24, made her first public speech following the incident, which had its video posted on YouTube and quickly went viral that people called it “The Pageant Push.”
The video showed Mtegha shoving the 18-year-old Miss New Zealand and this sparked accusations from the director of Miss World NZ, Desmond Foulger, saying “It was a very rude and very unprofessional thing to do.”
But writing on her Facebook page Miss Malawi Susan Mtegha, the country’s flag carrier at the 2012 Miss World said: “…I do not apologise for my action because I know I was right.”

“I feel sad that some Malawians would have rather liked to see [me] stand in the back ground over shadowed by someone else and not appear for my close ups, I stood up for myself and that is the truth, it could have happened to any girl,” she explained.
Mtegha further said as bad as it looks all she was doing was moving her contender out of her close up mark.
“She was in a wrong sport [sic] and I asked her to move and when she did not I had to slightly push her over or else I would have missed my close up when Malawi was called.
“Miss World stage directors later on confirmed back stage that I was right by pushing her as this was instructed of us to do over and over during rehearsals,” she disclosed.

Returns Sunday
Meanwhile, Mtegha, who was scheduled to arrive back home on Tuesday but failed because she missed her flight after collapsing at Beijing International Airport just after she checked-in, is still in China.
Nyasa Times has established that Miss Malawi is staying at the Malawian Embassy in Beijing until she gets another flight. This was confirmed by Vitu Kamanga, Miss Malawi office director.
“She is expected on Sunday, 26th [August]. With flights being fully booked, it’s tricky. The embassy staff are being hospitable under the circumstances [and] she says she is doing fine,” Kamanga told Nyasa Times.

So, that leaves the question... WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON????????

 

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