Olivia O'Neil, a 15-year-old from New Zealand, held the title of Miss Teen Wanganui for three months -- until a Facebook photo of her with newly dyed brown hair led to her crown being taken away. Sounds harsh, right? So is what the pageant organizer Barbara Osborne supposedly told Olivia.
Once Barbara saw Olivia's Facebook picture she asked, "Is that a wig? I hope it is, don't give me heart failure. Please tell me that's a wig." The teen replied that it wasn't a wig and she dyed her hair brunette. If this was unacceptable, then Olivia told Barbara that pageants may not be for her. Barbara replied with, "Well you better decide, miss. Hand over your crown with an attitude like that. I'm sure someone will step into your place with manners." Ouch.
When Olivia handed over her crown, Barbara also told her she "would not go far in this world." Olivia says, "I don't think you can tell a 15-year-old that they aren't going to go very far in life. It's hurtful."
Barbara Osborne is no longer working with the organization, but that doesn't mean Olivia is getting her crown back. Jevan Goulter, the new pageant spokesman, states, "The expectation in holding the crown [was] that she maintain the image she had when she won it."