Dethroned: The Scandal Behind Burma's Beauty Queens

Lines of teenagers dressed in ankle-length skirts are on their knees, carefully unpacking boxes of sequinned evening gowns and rhinestone-encrusted shoes. It’s late afternoon and the sense of excitement in the hall is palpable. In just a few hours, the doors will open for the Myanmar Fashion Designers Group Fair, a popular fashion show. In one glitzy booth, complete with Hollywood film posters, VIP attendee May Myat Noe is posing for photographs, her red minidress clinging to her tiny...
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