Miss loses crown after posting video in which she appears dancing

Lucy Maino’s private account, 25, was not enough to prevent her dance at TikTok from being leaked. Yesterday, The Independent newspaper reported that Miss Papua New Guinea lost the crown after the video sparked controversy.

Crowned Miss Papua New Guinea in 2019, Maino has received numerous criticisms for the publication because the dance – twerking – is not suitable for a model to share.

After the video and the reaction to it, Maino was “released” from her duties by the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant PNG (MPIP PNG) committee with a “friendly decision”, according to The Independent.

“Our main objective is the empowerment of women. We are a unique contest-style platform that promotes cultural heritage and traditional values,” said the committee.

“MPIP PNG promotes the virtues of trust, self-esteem, integrity and community service with a parallel focus on education,” added the statement.

For The Guardian, a former Miss Papua New Guinea, who declined to be identified, said the situation shows a deeply ingrained misogyny in the country.

“I’m sure that if a public male figure made a video on TikTok, we would all be laughing or even praising,” she said to the English newspaper.

After the repercussion of the case around the world, Lucy Maino also received support from Internet users, who refute the criticisms given to her, exposing the country’s misogyny.

The Guardian approached Miss and the MPIP PNG committee for comment, but they did not respond. Lucy’s TikTok profile is still active, but the account remains private.

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