Hong Kong( CNN) Anastasia Lin just wanted her parent to assure her face.
Prevented from taking part in Miss World 2015 when China refused to allow her to enter the country, where the final was being held, she tried again this past December.
The Canadian was under no illusions about coming home with the 2016 crown. Getting on stage would be enough: the Miss World final is broadcast around the globe, including in her native China, where her father has been harassed and prevented from leaving.
In the end she appeared on screen for all of six seconds, during her introduction. For the rest of the depict she was tucked away at the back of the crowd of contestants, or at the corners of the stage.
“It was actually too naive to think that my father could see me, ” Lin said.