Although it is not a frequent occurrence in pageantry, occasionally a titleholder will lose her title for a variety of reasons. One Lebanese titleholder just lost her title due to an international visit. (Read: Former Miss World Posts Holocaust Memorial Selfie)
About the visit
Miss Lebanon Emigrant 2017 Amanda Hanna was crowned just over one week ago. Hanna violated the Lebanese law with her visit to Israel using her Swedish passport. This visit allegedly occurred before she won her new title, not during her reign. After learning of this visit, the pageant officials alerted Lebanon’s Minister of Tourism who made the final call on her title.
A statement was released by the organizers of The Festival of Lebanese Emigrants in Dhour Al Choir on the decision to take Hanna’s title. The statement said, “After communicating our decision with Lebanon’s Minister of Tourism, he decided that Hanna should be stripped of her title because her visit to Israel violates our country’s laws.” (Read: Miss Iraq Stripped of Her Title)
Although Lebanon considers Israel an enemy state because some lands in Southern Lebanon are still occupied by Israel, Hanna posted nothing but positivity to her Facebook after her Israel visit. She said the trip had been “one of the best weeks of [her] life.”
The country prohibits the support of Israeli products, bans films featuring Israeli actors, and boycotts Israeli products. If any Lebanese citizens should break that law, the country can choose to prosecute and jail those found guilty of having contact with or supporting Israel in any way.
About the pageantry and politics between Israel and Lebanon
This is not the first time there has been controversy over the interactions between a Miss Lebanon and Israel. In 2015, Miss Lebanon was almost stripped of her title after a selfie from Miss Universe was posted with Miss Israel and two other contestants. The Lebanese queen claimed that Miss Israel photobombed her selfie with the other two contestants. Luckily, Miss Lebanon 2015 was able to keep her title.
What do you think of the decision to strip Hanna of her title? Do politics belong in pageantry? Let us know your thoughts! (Read: Pageant Question About Politics)