Queenstown’s Miss Otago is caught up in the citizenship controversy that’s rocked the Miss Universe New Zealand contest on its high heels.
Ineligible: Queenstown’s Aussie-born Miss Otago Monique Cooley was ineligible to win Sunday’s Miss Universe NZ title as she’s not a Kiwi citizen
It’s been revealed the winner of Sunday’s Miss Universe NZ title, South African-born Avianca Bohm, may be stripped of her tiara because she doesn’t have Kiwi citizenship.
But now it’s also come to light that third runner-up - Queenstown entrant Monique Cooley who represented Otago – was also ineligible for the crown.
Miss Universe NZ contestants are required to have both Kiwi residency and citizenship.
However the Otago Daily Times website reports that Adelaide-born Cooley – who moved to NZ 12 years ago – isn’t a Kiwi citizen.
“I have never applied for it, I assumed it was automatic,” she told the website.
Ironically, Cooley, a Body Sanctum beauty therapist, roomed with Bohm during the lead-up to the pageant final in Wellington.
Cooley, 22, told the website that she’d be applying for citizenship as soon as possible – maybe even during her upcoming holiday in Hawaii.
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