Silverbird Productions, organizers of Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, cleared up the situation about why 1st runner-up Damiete Charles-Granville will represent the country in Miss World instead of this year’s winner Isabella Ayuk.
Given this statement, the story making the rounds that the current MBGN, Miss Isabella Ayuk was disqualified from participating at the finals of the Miss World beauty contest, holding in Mongolia, China, has been described as ‘ untrue.’
According to the Vice-President, Silverbird Group, Mr Guy Murray-Bruce “the rumour is not only untrue, but also, the handiwork of rumour mongers.”
Isabella Ayuk is still the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria and at no point did we dethrone her. Isabella remains the winner of the MBGN 2012 and accordingly is expected to carry out her duties as queen until next year when another queen is chosen”
“Although she will not be vying for the Miss World title, she will be contesting for the Miss Universe crown, while MBGN Second Runner up, Miss Ifeoma Umeokeke will be at the Miss Tourism Queen International holding later in the year in China.
The decision to swap her role with that of the first runners-up was taken by the organiser and it was taken in the collective interest of the company and the country”, Mr Bruce affirmed.
The media came during week with the news that Isabella Ayuk who was crowned MBGN in Benin City, May, 2012 had been dropped from vying for the Miss World crown on the ground of age falsification.
Damiete Charles-Granville suits best the profile for Miss World, at 21 years of age.
Isabella Ayuk never ‘falsified’ her age, according to organizers. The 26-year old beauty will now represent Nigeria in Miss Universe, this December (where the age limit is 27). The cutoff for Miss World is 24 years old, and they accept 25-year olds in special cases. Courtesy of Vanguard, Nigeria