FIJI-BORN Synthia Nath was on top of the world when she was crowned Miss Globe New Zealand 2014 on May 10 at Papakura.
However, this joy quickly turned into sorrow for the 19-year-old applied science student at the Auckland University of Technology when she was told by organisers of the pageant two days later that her title was meant for another girl.
Ms Nath, speaking to the NZ Herald, said she called one of the organisers to get clarity about her prize and was asked if she had $3000 — a trip to Turkey in June for the Miss Globe International pageant.
"I was shocked, I was like, 'Aren't you supposed to give me the money?' They were like 'No' and asked if I had the three grand or not," she told the NZ Herald.
The catch was she had to pay for the trip herself or find sponsorship. She told the organiser that she could not come up with the $3000 in such a short time as entering the NZ pageant alone had cost her more than $1000.
Ms Nath said she then called the CEO of Face of Beauty International Ltd Milagros Manuel and told her of her situation.
"She said, 'Good, you don't have the money. Give the crown and sash back, I have other girls lined up."
Miss Nath went back to the organiser the following day and received another blow when she was told they'd made a mistake in announcing her as the winner.
"She said, 'I mixed up the name somehow and it was another Indian girl that should have won'."
When she offered to do so, the organiser offered to give it back to her, saying in an email, seen by the Herald, "You can keep it and pretend that you still are Miss Globe."
Ms Nath is now seeking an apology and compensation.