Miss Turkey 2017 stripped of her crown over 'unacceptable' tweet

Megan Young

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Itir Esen, 18, will not represent Turkey at world beauty pageant competition in China, few hours after winning the national competition on Thursday in the city of Istanbul.

The crown of Miss Turkey 2017, Itır Esen, was taken away by contest organizers over one of her tweets on the anniversary of a failed coup in July 2016.

The verification of the post was confirmed by the Can Sandikcioglu, head of Miss Turkey.

In a message shared on her Instagram account, Esen said her post was written "carelessly" but was not politically motivated, apologising for any misunderstanding.

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The tweet was posted around the first anniversary of the 15 July coup attempt, when almost 250 people died fighting an army uprising.

Mr Erdogan has clamped down on opposition since the failed coup attempt.

The tweet, which has since been deleted, said: "I got my period on the morning of the July 15 martyrs" day. "I am celebrating the day by bleeding a representation of our martyrs' blood".

The organisers in an emailed statement explained that her title was revoked because of a tweet in July which they described as "unacceptable".

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"It is not possible for the Miss Turkey organisation, which aims to promote Turkey and contribute to its image worldwide, to accept such a post".

The teenager added: "My family raised me by teaching to respect our homeland and nation. I do not have a character that could show disrespect to our martyrs", she said.

The 2015 beauty queen was sued for insulting Erodgan on social media.

The victor of Miss Turkey 2017 was de-crowned on Friday.

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