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In the Philippines, beauty queens are pop culture goddesses. That's why it's breaking news whenever one gets dethroned. SPOT.ph lists Pinay beauties, as well as foreigners, who were stripped of their crowns for one reason or another.
1. MARIA VENUS RAJ
Disputed title: Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2010
Pageant problem: Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) officials cited inconsistencies in her birth certificate. It appeared that she was born in Qatar and not the Philippines, which would make her ineligible for her crown.
Queenly aftermath: Raj is currently fighting to get back her crown. After some deliberation, the BPCI reconsidered her plight and stipulated that she gets to be queen if she produces a Philippine passport before the Miss Universe pageant in August. If not, she will be replaced by Binibining Pilipinas second runner-up, Helen Nicolette Henson since first runner-up Dianne Necio is only 17. If Raj does end up competing in the Miss Universe pageant, she goes down in pageant history as the first dethroned queen to be reinstated.
2. RIS LOW
Disputed title: Miss Singapore World 2009
Pageant problem: From the start, many Singaporeans bashed Low for her atrocious English. Then again, she also turned out to be a criminal. She had failed to inform pageant officials that she was convicted of credit card fraud in May 2009. She was asked to step down since, obviously, a beauty queen with a criminal record was not what the organizers signed up for.
Queenly aftermath: Low's notoriety continues. She claimed to be bipolar and confessed to stealing Pokemon cards when she was young. This didn't faze the folks at Espire, a condom manufacturing company that appointed Low as their ambassador.