Miss Asia Pacific World is a yearly beauty pageant. There have been a number of controversies with the pageant, and the first three winners have been stripped of their titles. In 2011, its first winner, Jung Eun A was 'dethroned' after allegations of "automatic top-ranking placements in exchange for sex" by organisers. British model Amy Willerton fled the competition after lack of food and alleged sexual harassment from organisers. The 2014 Miss Asia Pacific World, May Myat Noe from Burma, was crowned on 31 May 2014 but was dethroned after three months.
The 2011 search was the first edition of the Miss Asia Pacific World pageant. It was held in Busan, South Korea, on 15 October 2011. Jung Eun A of Korea was crowned by the end of the event. However, after only one day she resigned from her title. Florima Treiber of France took over but was 'dethroned'. On 12 May 2012, Diana Starkova of Ukraine was officially crowned the new Miss Asia Pacific World 2011 queen, replacing dethroned winner Florima Treiber.
The second edition of the Miss Asia Pacic World pageant took place in 2012. It was held in Seoul, South Korea, on 16 June. Himangini Singh Yadu of India was crowned by Diana Starkova at the end of the event. The third edition of pageant was held on 30 October, at Hallyuworld, Seoul, South Korea, where Srishti Rana of India was crowned as Miss Asia Pacific World 2013.
At the 2011 pageant Amy Willerton, a contestant representing Wales, along with a number of other contestants, claimed the pageant had been fixed after the girl representing Venezuela was apparently placed runner-up of the talent round before she had competed. Led by Willerton, the contestants demanded answers from organisers and later made claims that some contestants had been offered automatic top-ranking placements in exchange for sex. The events were filmed by Willerton and other contestants, which were later uploaded to YouTube under the title "Confessions of a Beauty Queen". Subsequently, she and the representatives from Aletha Shepherd of Guyana, Costa Rica and Pamela Peralta fled their hotel to the airport, claiming the pageant organisers had tried to keep them there against their will and had followed them to the airport to stop them escaping. The Korean National Police Agency and organisers denied all accusations. Willerton claimed that the organisers bribed the police officers, "When the police arrived they called in one of the chairmen of the pageant who actually got his wallet out straight away and we were all pushed back by the organisers so we couldn't speak...Our translator would not translate for us, so we were completely helpless."
In September 2014, its registered office in Seoul was identified as a small room in a shared office space.
May Myat Noe, the winner of the 2014 pageant, was 'dethroned' three months after her win. The organisers claim that May Myat Noe complained about scheduling for the months after her win, and wanted her mother to stay with her during that 3-month period, but was unwilling to pay the added expenses that would be incurred. Organisers also claimed she was rude and not returning phone calls.
In her press conference, May Myat Noe later criticised the organisers by saying "I'm not even proud of this crown, I don't want a crown from an organisation with such a bad reputation. But I won't give it back to the Koreans unless they apologise. Not just to me but my country for giving it a bad image." She would hand over the crown to the Burmese authorities, but will not allow it to return to the organisers in South Korea until she receives a formal apology. She further stated that she, a 16-year-old, was coerced to escort Korean tycoons, "I was told that, in order to generate funds to produce my music album, I need to accept invitations to escort some business tycoons whenever they require my company".
During a media interview with MBC TV on Sept 14 at Yangon, Myanmar, she said "I am still a minor. If I'm saying I've operated my breast, then the organization is backward. When my mother and I signed the consent operation agreement, I thought it was medical check. I didn't know the meaning of the signature". It turned out that May Myat Noe lied about her age to 18 years old to participate local contest in Yangon in 2013 The Organization accused May Myat Noe to Gangnam Police Station, Seoul in September 2015 for defamation, false accusation and breach of management contract. and sued Andre Jung Weon-young and particular newspapers for spreading false information and libel suit.
On April 7, 2016, the prosecuting attorney Ha Ji-Soo at Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office ordered That Htet Aung May Myat Noe Suspension Of Prosecution, case number 2016-31557 in the crime of libel by mass communication, and the organization declared to prosecute That Htet Aung and her mother in Myanmar, statute of limitations by 1 September 2022.
The 2011 competition was the first edition of the Miss Asia Pacific World pageant. It was held in Busan, South Korea on 15 October 2011. Jung Eun A of Korea was crowned by the end of the event, however after only one day she resigned from her title and Florima Treiber received the title. On 9 May 2012 Diana Starkova of Ukraine became the new Miss Asia Pacific World 2011 Queen, she replaced dethroned winner Florima Treiber from France. Mongolia - Bayaarkhuu Gantogoo
Scotland - Anastasia Mikhailides
Taiwan - Zhu Ri-Xing
Vietnam - Vũ Thị Hoàng My decided not to appear on this contest, and she followed the contest Miss Universe 2011 in Sao Paolo, Brasil.
The second edition of the Miss Asia Pacic World Super Talent pageant took place in 2012. It was held in Seoul, South Korea on 16 June. Himangini Singh Yadu of India was crowned by outgoing Miss Asia Pacific World Diana Starkova at the end of the event.India won the Miss Asia Pacific World title for the first time.
Cameroon, Germany, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Philippines, Sri Lanka Thailand and Turkey placed for the first time.
Estonia, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Puerto Rico, and Ukraine placed for the second time.
Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 #No. 1 Supertalent Search in the world was the 3rd edition of the Miss Asia Pacific World Super Talent pageant to be held on 30 October 2013, at the 63 Building Seoul, South Korea. Himangini Singh Yadu of India will crown her successor at the end of this event.
21 delegates were confirmed: