PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — Lucy Maino, a beauty queen has been stripped of her crown over a TikTok video of her twerking.
Maino, 25, shared a video of herself dancing on her private account but it was reportedly downloaded from there and shared on other social media platforms.
The since deleted video sparked outrage in the country as thousands termed the dance as “inappropriate,” others questioned her eligibility for the role of a model.
Following the backlash to the video, Miss Pacific Islands Pageant committee PNG (MPIP PNG) decided to “release” Ms Maino, the 2019 winner of Miss Papua New Guinea, from her duties.
“After discussions with Miss Maino last week, MPIP PNG now formally advises that the reign of the 2019 crowned Miss Papua New Guinea had come to an end and Miss Maino has been released with immediate effect.” the MPIP PNG said in a statement released on the official Facebook page.
“The MPIP PNG is focused on developing young women holistically, ensuring that they grow in terms of academia, social consciousness, personal development, and exposure to a bigger brighter world with awareness of issues facing PNG and the region,” the statement continued.
Lucy Maino was crowned Miss Earth Papua New Guinea in 2019. Due to COVID-19, she took on the role for another year.
Not only was Lucy Maino a pageant queen, but she is also a professional footballer. Maino currently plays as a right back for the Papua New Guinea women’s national team.