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Dethroned Kenyan beauty queen fights for her crown in court

Dethroned Kenyan beauty queen fights for her crown in court

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In a bid to represent Kenya at the Miss World beauty pageant in December, embattled “former” Miss World Kenya 2016 who was stripped of her crown in July for “breach of code of conduct” is suing the organisers.

The law student and model, Roshanara Ebrahim, was dethroned on July 30 through a statement issued by Miss World Kenya franchise holder Terry Mungai.

“A grave situation has come to our attention that is in breach of our Code of Conduct and our contract with the reigning Miss World Kenya 2016 Roshanara. We uphold a strict code of conduct that expects beauty queens to manage their public and private life,” the statement said without stating the exact offense.

The statement did not end there but suggest that Roshanara Ebrahim had accepted the decision which she later denied.

“Mrs. Mungai falsely misinformed the entire public that I had acknowledged and accepted the ‘dethronement’ of the Miss World Kenya title,” she said in a statement quoted by Kenyan local media.

“I never breached nor been informed of any breach of any code of conduct or contract known to me. I conducted myself in a manner that is consistent with my status,” Ms Ebrahim added calling the decision “ill conceived”.

She promised to send her grievances to court for legal recourse.

She re-echoed her intention on social media when she posted a picture of herself and the newly crowned Miss World Kenya 2016, Evelyn Njambi, who was then the first runner-up.

“…my rights were infringed and I have no choice but to fight for my dignity and reputation in court. All In all if you end up representing our great nation you have all my support…” she posted on Instagram.

Whoever wears the crown by December 20 will have to face other beautiful women from around the world in Washington D.C. in the United States to compete for the Miss World title.

The crown has been won by an African country on five occasions: Egypt (1954), South Africa (1958, 1974, 2014) and then Nigeria (2001).