The selection process for Miss Universe Morocco has led to controversy because the crowned lady has renounced her title.
Morocco returned to the Miss Universe pageant this year after an absence of four years.
Miss Universe Morocco announced on social media that Fatima Zahra Khayat, who won this year’s pageant, relinquished her title after suffering an ankle injury that prevented her from representing the country in Israel later this year.
In a comment on Instagram, Fatima said: “I regret to tell you that unfortunately, I can’t stand the @missuniverse competition after a fall that caused a “bad” ankle.”
“I have withdrawn from this prestigious competition of @missuniversemorocco. Therefore my title of Miss universe morocco will be transferred to the first runner-up chosen by the Jury the [email protected]”
There have been many reasons behind her decision to withdraw from the pageant, with some questioning whether she wanted to be in the limelight amid controversial plans to travel to Israel to participate in Miss Universe. 2021 competition on 12 December.
While some sources question his appointment as it is related to the host of the show RedOne, whose real name is Nadir Khayat.
The 22-year-old Fatima, however, has already faced criticism after revealing that her grandmother is actually Algerian and has moved to Morocco. This led to calls for him to be stripped of the title, especially at a time when the two countries are suffering from increased tensions and have cut ties.
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