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Miss Turkey lost her crown over controversial tweet


The Winner of Miss Turkey, Itir Esen, was stripped of her crown due to a controversial tweet.

Esen, 18, was crowned on Thursday, hours later she lost crown after it emerged that she tweeted about last year's failed coup in Turkey.

In the tweet, she wrote, "To celebrate July 15 Martyr's Day, I began the morning by getting my period. I am celebrating the day by bleeding representing the martyrs blood," the tweet read.

The tweet was posted on the anniversary of last year's coup attempt. The tweet has since been deleted.

Can Sandikcioglu, president of the Miss Turkey Organization, announced the news on Thursday.

"We announce with regret that the tweet was indeed sent out by Itir Esen," Sandikcioglu said on the contest's website."It is not possible for the Miss Turkey Organization, which aims to introduce and support Turkey in the world, to accept such a post."

Esen apologized for her tweet on her personal Instagram account.

"I made this post with innocence during a sensitive time without thinking. As any one who feels like a victim during their menstruation, it does not contain any meaning other than 'it is July 15 and this is my situation right now,' " she wrote.

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The runner up Asli Sumen was later crowned Miss Turkey. Sumen is expected to represent Turkey in the Miss World contest in China in November.

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