Model stripped of her Miss Michigan title after controversial social media posts

A beauty queen in Michigan has been stripped of her “Miss World America Michigan” title after posting comments on social media that were allegedly “racist.”

Kathy Zhu, a 20-year-old University of Michigan student who was part of the Miss World America contest, was investigated by the pageant, who found some of her social media comments to be “problematic.”

Zhu was targeted in 2018 after she complained about a “Try a hijab” booth at U of M, claiming that the event was a way for women to experience Shariah oppression.

“So you’re telling me that it’s now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing?” she wrote,. “Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?”

Another tweet involved criticism of black-on-black violence.

“Did you know the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks?” Zhu wrote on Twitter. “Fix problems within your own community first before blaming others.”

According to Newsweek, MWA director Laurie DeJack soon sent Zhu messages telling her that she was no longer Miss World America Michigan.

“It has been brought to the attention of Miss World America that your social media accounts contain offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content, and in violation of MWA’s Rules and Conditions, specifically the contestant requirement of ‘being of good character and whose background is not likely to bring into disrepute Miss World America or any person associated with the organisation’,” DeJack wrote. “Therefore, and effective immediately, MWA does not recognize you as a participant of any sort or in any capacity as it relates to any and all events of MWA. Furthermore, let this communication serve as official notice to remove any mention of yourself as a participant in MWA from all social media platforms (including photographs of you wearing the MWA Michigan sash and/or crown, and any text claiming to be a participant of MWA events).”

Zhu’s supporters have since been inundating both her twitter account and the email accounts of those in charge of the MWA pageant.

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