Barred from China and silenced in the US, this beauty queen isn’t backing down

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.

If she is slightly bitter, it’s with good reason. Her sliver of screen time was bought with months of practice and rehearsal, and, most painfully for an outspoken human rights activist, her silence.

During the competition, Lin said she was placed under a communication blackout and forbidden from speaking to journalists, part of what analysts say is a pattern of western companies cooperating with China to stillness critics overseas.

Miss World chairperson Julia Morley said the organization did “our best to assist Miss Lin and have done absolutely nothing to prevent her doing everything she wished to do.”


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