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Miss Oxfordshire contestant sacked over her topless selfie in aid of charity
MISS Oxfordshire organisers kicked model Georgia Eden out of last night’s competition after discovering she posted this topless ‘selfie’ picture she put online to promote the fight against breast cancer.
The 22-year-old was told images, in which she is covering her breasts and was posted before she even entered Miss Oxfordshire, was contrary to the competition’s rule 3 in that it brought the event into disrepute.
The professional model, who entered Miss Oxfordshire on April 1, said she tweeted the image twice in late March with the hashtages #coppafeel (a campaign fundraising for the condition) and #breastcancerawareness after losing a close friend to the disease last year.
Miss Eden added she had been asked to support the cause by her London modelling agency Mode, with whom she has a strictly “no-topless” contract.
The Abingdon resident said: “I am quite upset by this accusation against my character, I feel demeaned. I have been made to feel cheap. The photo is implied topless – there are no nipples on show.
“This is my career, I wouldn’t have posed the photo if I thought there was anything wrong with it. I have never ever posted a topless image. I have never even gone topless on a beach.”
But yesterday organiser Beverley O’Neill said she believed Miss Eden’s pictures showed she was “not suitable” for Miss Oxfordshire, which held its final last night in Witney.
On Wednesday, Ms O’Neill emailed Miss Eden: “It has been brought to the attention of Miss England that you have previously posted semi-naked photographs on social media. This contravenes rule 3, do not bring the Miss England contest or its sponsors into disrepute.
“As a result I regret to inform you that we will be unable to accept your further participation in the event.”
Mrs O’Neill told the Oxford Mail: “This woman has got her boobies all over the place.
“She is all over social media with these pictures of herself... she wants to be a glamour model she is into all that stuff, Loaded and I don’t even know what. It is worlds apart from our contest. She may have made a mistake but you can’t be in a beauty pageant and a page three model, they are completely different worlds.
“The Miss England representative has to be someone of a certain calibre and she is not suitable.”
Miss England area organiser Diane Slater said she believed there had been full frontal images but could not provide evidence of this. Miss Eden denied this out of hand.
Ms Slater added that even Miss Eden’s ‘selfie’ image was enough though to contravene competition rules.
In the past weeks, Miss Eden and other contestants had their photos on the Miss Oxfordshire website, and the public were invited to pay £1 each to vote for the girls. Miss Eden said she had 52 votes.
Boyfriend Kieran Cochrane, 22, an Abingdon United footballer, said: “One-hundred per cent, this doesn’t make sense. She took this photo herself, to help a charity.
“She is a beautiful girl, and was doing really well as a model, so when this happened she was really annoyed and upset.”
Coppafeel is a campaign that promotes the for women to regularly check their breasts for signs of cancer.
- See Monday’s Mail for full results.
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