This is not the first time this happens and the resemblance between both girls’ cases is interesting.
Jessica Kahawaty has been crowned Miss Australia 2012, the second Lebanese after Nicole Ghazal. Both of them had participated in Miss Lebanon before attempting their luck at Miss Australia and both of them were deemed good enough to be runner ups only.
I guess this speaks more about the insurmountable amount of “wasta” present in the Miss Lebanon competition, regardless of what they try to portray, and where the best candidate doesn’t always win, let alone letting proper girls participate in the first place.
But hey, world peace is super important!
Jessica was a candidate at the 2012 Miss Lebanon pageant which saw Rahaf Abdallah win: