As Miss Hong Kong, Louisa Mak Ming-sze gets lots of privileges such as getting invited into exclusive parties, but joining a bash at her alma mater is probably not one of them.
We almost fell off our seat upon reading a report from Cambridge student organ the Tab that the Cambridge Union had escorted Mak out of the Spring Ball because she looked like an imposter.
The 24-year-old Cambridge law graduate turned beauty queen brought along a Television Broadcasts crew to film a documentary about her alma mater and its 200-year-old club.
Do they know she is Miss Hong Kong 2015?
Well, not exactly, because one ballgoer doubted if she was the real Mak-coy because “the actual Miss Hong Kong has better teeth”.
Now that’s adding insult to injury, although it wasn’t meant to be so.
Perhaps Mak looked quite different in person after she won the beauty contest last summer, but the Cambridge ended the story in a satirical note.
According to the Tab: “The pseudo-scandal of ‘a Miss Hong impersonator crashing the Union spring ball’ was a hilarious rumor that continued to circulate, until it became apparent that she was in fact the real deal.”
The unwanted publicity was the second setback Mak suffered after she failed to make to the final five in the Miss Chinese International Pageant.
Mak was challenged if she deserved the beauty title because she trailed many of her fellow Chinese comparables by a wide margin, with some observers saying it’s because of her short and thin figure.
Her boyfriend Joseph Lam Chok, also an EJ Insight contributor, played down the Cambridge incident, calling it as “a funny misunderstanding”.
The Tab quoted the union president as saying that Mak and her TVB crew were escorted to the office but failed to present press passes on request.
The pageant star was followed around by two camera men, professional lighting staff, and a production crew which quickly attracted the attention of everyone at the ball.
The union president looked jolly on camera. But things turned sour when the Tab asked for a chance to interview Mak but was dismissed by her abrasive team.
Later, her team was reported to have taken advantage of the free alcohol, although they only had “workers’ wristbands” given by the spring ball director, which only entitled them to food.
Perhaps a sincere apology and a glass of cold beer from the student union could have softened the blow for Miss Hong Kong.
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