Emily Kachote, 25, loses her title after naked photos surface

By Michelle Ward Trainor
Updated June 11, 2015 08:00 PM
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It looks like another scandal has rocked the pageant world.

Miss Zimbabwe has officially lost her crown after pictures of the beauty queen posing nude surfaced, pageant organizers announced.

As a result, Emily Kachote will no longer represent Zimbabwe in the Miss World pageant held in China later this year, the Miss Zimbabwe Trust said in a statement on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

Before the competition, the 25-year-old signed an agreement that she had never posed nude and would not do so if she, in fact, won the crown. According to Miss Zimbabwe Trust rules, the pageant contestants are also banned from dating or “making sexual advances toward anyone.”

“Her conduct was a precise violation of rules governing the Trust,” organizers said.

A tabloid newspaper first published the pictures, which quickly spread on social media just two weeks after she won the pageant. The photos were taken before she had entered the competition, Kachote said.

“I have always suspected that these pictures would circulate but it happened a long time ago,” she told H-Metro last month. “I believe my past does not determine where I am going.”

This is not the first time the country has been the subject of pageant scandal. Thabiso Phiri, who was last year’s Miss Zimbabwe winner, was also stripped of her title for posing nude.

Kachote will now be replaced by the first runner up, Annie Grace Mutambu.