Beauty pageant winner staying positive

By Edward Rooney

Avianca Bohm yesterday. Photo / Neville Marriner
Avianca Bohm yesterday. Photo / Neville Marriner

Beauty pageant winner-in-limbo Avianca Bohm was spotted out shopping yesterday, apparently with time on her hands as a dispute over her eligibility is sorted out.

The newly crowned Miss Universe New Zealand may be stripped of her tiara because she was born in South African and is not yet a New Zealander. She has yet to fulfil any assignments as the crown holder. Yesterday, she told the Herald on Sunday she could not comment. However, a friend said the 22-year-old was looking forward to the situation being resolved and she was remaining positive.

The waitress has called in lawyers after being told to give up her tiara by organisers. The Herald reported pageant director Val Lott delivered a letter to Bohm, advising her that she was ineligible to represent New Zealand.

It is understood Bohm's citizenship is unlikely to come through in time for Donald Trump's Miss Universe pageant.

Lott did not return calls.

- Herald on Sunday

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