The Miss World America organization has stripped a fervent Trump-supporting model of her Miss Michigan 2019 title over “racist, Islamophobic, and insensitive” social media posts, with one such tweet saying: “The majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks.”
Kathy Zhu, 20, is a University of Michigan student who won the 2019 Michigan World America title on Sunday.
However, her reign was cut short after organizers became aware of Zhu’s controversial Twitter posts.
Zhu tweeted Thursday what appeared to be a screenshot of an email she received from Miss World America officials, who told her she was dismissed from being a pageant participant.
“Miss World America’s State/National/Chief Director accused me of being racist, Islamaphobic, and insensitive,” Zhu tweeted. “They stripped me of my Miss Michigan title due to my refusal to try on a hijab in 2018, my tweet about black on black gun violence, and ‘insensitive’ statistical tweets.”
Miss World America's State/National/Chief Director accused me of being racist, Islamaphobic, and insensitive.
They stripped me of my Miss Michigan title due to my refusal to try on a hijab in 2018, my tweet about black on black gun violence, and "insensitive" statistical tweets. pic.twitter.com/K1Btho0Pgq
— Kathy Zhu (@PoliticalKathy) July 19, 2019
A screenshot of an email stated that Zhu had violated the contestant requirement of “being of good character” and not being “likely to bring into disrepute Miss World America or any person associated with the organization.”
The Detroit Free Press reports that Zhu replied to a Twitter user in a comment saying: “Did you know the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks? Fix problems within your own community before blaming others.”
In 2018, Zhu approached a Muslim Student Association booth and declined to wear a hijab, later tweeting that “there is a ‘try a hijab on’ booth at my college campus.
“So you’re telling me that it’s now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing?” she tweeted, according to the Detroit Free Press. “Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?”
Both tweets have since been deleted.