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New Miss Sweden risks disqualification

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11:05 CEST+02:00
Photo: Fröken SverigeThe new Miss Sweden, 20-year-old Isabel Lestapier Winqvist, risks losing her title following revelations that she once appeared in men's magazine FHM. Lestapier Winqvist, who saw off nine other contestant's in Saturday's final, will learn of her fate late on Tuesday afternoon.

For the last two years, the New Miss Sweden contest has been organized by Panos Papadopoulos. Having bought the rights, Sweden's 'swimwear king' gave the concept a full makeover after feminists alleged that the competition was outdated and sexist.

Panos Emporio's founder soon set about updating the 60 year old event to make it more compatible with modern values.

The beauty pageant of old was duly replaced by a professional recruitment process to find a positive role model for young Swedes. The winner would be employed on a full-time to represent Sweden for the year following her victory.

As minds began to matter, the swimwear section was removed and the contestants' intelligence took centre stage: last year's winner, actress Josephine Alhanko, is a trained art historian with two masters degrees to her name.

Feeling that Isabel Lestapier Winqvist's appearance in FHM is out of step with these new values, Panos Papadopoulos has refused to rule out removing her crown at this early stage.

A decision was due to be taken on Tuesday afternoon but the organizers have now decided to wait until later in the week.

"We are going to do this in a couple of days. We will investigate her past and talk to her to see if there is anything else she hasn't told us," Papadopoulos told The Local.

FHM was able to confirm that Isabel Lestapier Winqvist had appeared in the magazine.

"She was our ex-girlfriend of the month in February 2006," editor Tobias Wickström told The Local.

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