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Beauty queen resigns over lingerie fraud

Published: 1:01AM Thursday October 01, 2009 Source: Reuters

  • Ris Low, who was crowned Miss Singapore World (Source: Reuters)
    Ris Low, who was crowned Miss Singapore World - Source: Reuters

Beauty queen Miss Singapore World has given up her crown after it emerged that she had stolen credit cards to go on a shopping spree for lingerie.

Ris Low had come under public pressure to be stripped of her 2009 title, after local media reported she stole seven credit cards last year while working at a medical clinic, buying goods worth about S$8,000 ($7,850) including gold anklets and phones.
   
Organisers of the pageant ERM World Marketing said she had resigned of her own accord.

She will no longer represent Singapore at the Miss World finals to be held in South Africa in December, but her replacement has not yet been decided.
   
Low had also been criticised for her poor English, mispronouncing bikini in a recent video, leading others in multicultural Singapore to spring to her defence and soul-searching on websites about the national character.
   
"If there was a beauty contest for countries, how do you think Singapore would fare on the world stage? We seem to have the aesthetic qualifications. But with a very ugly personality," said blogger Solofigure09 on the Straits Times newspaper's website.