Itir Esen, an 18-year-old who was crowned Miss Turkey on Thursday, has been stripped of her crown over a tweet.
On the 1-year anniversary of the coup attempt, Esen had tweeted:
“I am having my period this morning to celebrate the July 15 martyrs’ day. I am celebrating the day by bleeding a representation of our martyrs’ blood.”
Organisers of the pageant said they spent a long time investigating whether the tweet was genuine.
After discovering it was, they decided to strip the queen of her crown. In a statement released by them on Friday, they wrote:
We regret to say that this tweet has been tweeted by Itir Esen. It is not possible for the Miss Turkey Organisation to promote such a post, when it aims to introduce Turkey to the world and contribute to its image.
Esen had reportedly denied the tweet came from her account. However, she later release a statement on social media saying:
I want to say that as a 18-year-old girl, I had no political aims while sharing this post.
Asli Sumen, the first runner up, will now take her place and represent Turkey at the Miss World pageant in China.