Israeli beauty queen’s selfie with Miss Lebanon during Miss Universe contest causes stir
An Israeli beauty queen’s selfie has caused a stir in Lebanon, with some Lebanese calling for their country’s contestant at the Miss Universe pageant to be stripped of her title for consorting with the enemy.
Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, posted a photo of herself and Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, smiling together at pageant preparations in Miami, where the winner will be picked on January 25.
The two countries are technically at war, although the border has been largely quiet since their 2006 conflict. The Lebanese risk prison if they call or travel to Israel and all Israeli products are banned in Lebanon.
Some Lebanese have demanded on social media that Ms Greige lose her title for contact with a citizen of the enemy state.
“Since the first day of my arrival to participate to Miss Universe, I was very cautious to avoid being in any photo or communication with Miss Israel, who tried several times to take a photo with me,” Ms Greige said.
“I was having a photo with Miss Japan, Miss Slovenia, suddenly Miss Israel jumped in and took a selfie, and uploaded it on her social media.”