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Miss World Canada Cites Pageant Ugliness in Decision To Quit

January 7, 1992

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Miss World Canada said she decided to quit her post after less than two months because she found being a beauty queen was an ugly experience.

Tara Paat, crowned Miss World Canada on Oct. 24, said she became disillusioned when she was given a costume worn by previous Miss World contestants and discovered it was dirty.

She then flew to South Africa on Nov. 30, where she and more than 80 other contestants were filmed feeding the hungry and visiting the homeless.

″They just brought enough food and blankets for about 20 kids and adults so they could film it,″ Paat said. ″There were all these other kids standing, crying and screaming, pulling on me to give them something.″

Paat, 21, of suburban Vancouver, quit 12 days before she was to compete in the Dec. 28 Miss World contest in Atlanta.

Jeffrey Barnet, co-owner of Vancouver-based Miss World Canada, said Paat pulled out after she became ill. He said Miss World organizers paid Paat’s travel expenses to Europe, fed her and shuttled her around for 30 days.

″If she found so many things repugnant, why did she not leave and come home sooner?″ he said.

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