Weluree Ditsayabut, the reigning Miss Universe Thailand 2014, announced her decision to relinquish her crown during a press conference held at the Renaissance Hotel in Bangkok on Monday, June 9th, 2014.
Weluree Ditsayabut announces to give up her title of Miss Universe Thailand 2014 during a press conference at Renaissance Hotel in Bangkok on Monday. Photo courtesy of Stringer/Reuters.
“I felt under pressure. I tried to improve myself but what I could not stand was to see my mother stressed,” Weluree said. “I have decided to sacrifice my status as Miss Universe Thailand,” tearful Weluree told reporters.
Weluree Ditsayabut, 22, was crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2014 on May 17th, 2014 at Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon in Bangkok.
However, right after her coronation, comments she made months earlier soon surfaced, including one on her Facebook account, referring to the red shirts, which said: “I am so angry at all these evil activists. They should all be executed.”
That’s the reason why she has been under “waves of criticism from the society”. She decided to resign after seeing her mother losing sleep because of her. When asked whether she would regret giving up this opportunity, Fai said she was not sorry at all.
It was unclear whether first runner up Pimbongkod Chankaew would replace Weluree as Thailand’s representative at the global competition, Miss Universe 2014. Organizers of the pageant said they will have to talk with each individual contestant before making the final decision.
They also told reporters that they will have to review other criteria, such as social media, when screening and selecting contestants in the future.