“Someone called me a racist because I recognize that black people kill more blacks than police do.”

Kathy Zhu, a 20-year-old University of Michigan student who won the 2019 Michigan World America title, has had her reign cut short.

And she’s not staying silent.

The President Trump supporting model is on the warpath against the Miss World America organization, which stripped her of her Miss Michigan title over “racist, Islamophobic, and insensitive” tweets.


After less than a week, she lost her title after organizers became aware of what they referred to as her “controversial” Twitter account days later.

Within hours, Zhu took to Twitter to post screenshots of the email and text exchange she had with the state director of Miss World America on Thursday.

To be clear, the organization is not to be confused with Miss Universe, formerly owned by now-President Trump.

Laurie DeJack claims the MWA organization came across Zhu’s account late in the game.


“Do not go out representing Michigan World America. We do have a problem,” a text from DeJack reads. “Just notifying you that we have an issue and we will need to talk!”

That account is where the beauty queen goes by “Political Kathy”.  DeJack felt that her content was in violation of the organization’s rules and conditions.

“Miss World America’s State/National/Chief Director accused me of being racist, Islamaphobic, and insensitive. They stripped me of my Miss Michigan title due to my refusal to try on a hijab in 2018, my tweet about black on black gun violence, and “insensitive” statistical tweets,” said Zhu.


An email was sent later that included the national director and chief operating office of MWA.  In it, they said that Zhu violated the contestant requirement of “being of good character” and not being “likely to bring into disrepute Miss World America or any person associated with the organization.”

They gave her the boot.

“Your social media accounts contain offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content,” DeLaurie wrote. “Therefore, and effective immediately, MWA does not recognize you as a participant of any sort or in any capacity as it relates to any and all events of MWA.”

Zhu, for her part, said the pageant’s organizers were made aware of all of her social media pages before they accepted her as a contestant.

They blame it on her legal Chinese name.

“I feel like it’s their fault for not vetting me properly before they signed me up for this,” Zhu says. “They complained that I didn’t give them my name, but I did. They referred to me as Kathy and they knew me as Kathy but I signed my legal papers with my legal name, obviously. So it was just really weird how they were like, ‘Oh, well you misled us.’ I mean, I sent them everything. So they should’ve known better to check my stuff before they continued with this.”

Zhu argues the entire controversy is about a much bigger issue than the organization’s prior awareness of her social media.


“They’re not letting people that represent another side of the story represent them,” she explains. “They only want someone to say things that people want to hear. And there’s a lot of things in this world that it’s hard to hear, but it’s the truth.”

She says she had no plans to use her platform to be divisive, but rather to encourage people to use their voice, no matter the cause.

Too bad, says MWA. 

“It’s not even about a crown or a pageant,” she says, “It’s about the fact that people really do discriminate against people with conservative views.”

The internet is now exploding with support for the pageant queen, with even Joy Villa tweeting in support of her.

So far, Miss World America has had no response.

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