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SYDNEY, Sep 28, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- An Australian model says she gave up her Miss Thailand World crown because the beauty contest's sponsor threatened to publish nude photos of her.

Thai-Australian model Angela McKay, 20, relinquished her crown only 10 days after she won the contest earlier this month, the Sydney Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.

McKay took to Thai TV Tuesday night to show the nude photos that were used in an overseas ad campaign but had never been seen in conservative Thailand, the newspaper said.

McKay, a native of Perth and resident of Sydney, said the trouble started with the contest's sponsor, BEC-Tero, when she asked for more money and an apartment in Bangkok with a gym.

The firm's response, she said, was the demand she resign over the "rude" photos.

"They advised me that my pictures that I had taken previously to entering were too rude and were unfit for somebody to be Miss Thailand World. So they asked me to resign," McKay said.

BEC-Tero chief executive Brian Marcar has denied the allegations.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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