Miss Turkey 2017 stripped of crown over 'unacceptable' tweet about military coup

Fiona Simpson
Miss Turkey: Itir Esen was stripped of her crown: AP

Miss Turkey 2017 has been stripped of her crown over a past tweet about the country’s military coup.

Itir Esen, 18, compared her menstrual cycle to the spilt blood of 15 “martyrs” who died in the July 15 military uprising.

According to the BBC, it read: “I am having my period this morning to celebrate the July 15 martyrs' day. I am celebrating the day by bleeding a representation of our martyrs' blood."

The organisers of the beauty contest branded the post “unacceptable” and stripped her of her title just hours after the teenager won the show.

They said the tweet did not come to light until after Thursday's ceremony in Istanbul, after which they held a long meeting to discuss the situation and verify the post, the BBC reported.

On Friday they said in a statement: "We regret to say that this tweet has been tweeted by Itir Esen. It is not possible for the Miss Turkey Organisation to promote such a post, when it aims to introduce Turkey to the world and contribute to its image."

Ms Esen later responded with her own statement on Instagram which read: "I want to say that as a 18-year-old girl, I had no political aims while sharing this post."