SINGAPORE - It was Ms Elizabeth Houghton's first overseas beauty pageant.
But the Singapore representative's experience at the recent inaugural Miss Grand International, held in Bangkok, didn't end the way she expected.
She was dropped before the finals last Tuesday.
This came as a shock to Ms Houghton, who had earned her spot in the pageant after finishing as first runner-up in Miss World Singapore 2013 in July.
The Eurasian nursing student, 18, alleged that she was dropped from the pageant because she had "talked back" to the organisers.
The organisers, however, have a different story. They say that Ms Houghton was asked to leave because of her smoking habit - something forbidden by the pageant as well as the hotel where the contestants stayed.
Ms Houghton told The New Paper: "(The organisers and the chaperones) were humiliating some of the girls, like Miss Germany and Miss Sweden, and calling them fat.
"So I spoke up for Miss Germany and told the organisers to stop calling her fat because it's not nice.
"They told me to shut up or I would be sent home."