August 29, 2019
1/7Beauty queen gives back her crown after sexual harassment
22-year-old, model Hollie Funke Hersey was selected to represent Ireland at the Miss Grand International 2019 final in Venezuela in October. But just weeks after being picked she claimed the pageant director barged into a bathroom while she was getting changing.
2/7Beauty queen gives back her crown after sexual harassment
Ex-Miss Grand Ireland, Hollie Funke Hersey, handed back her crown recently. In a video released on Facebook, she claimed that pageant director “body-shamed” her. She also claims that he pinched her thighs while taking measurements.
3/7Beauty queen gives back her crown after sexual harassment
Hollie hails from Roscommon near Galway, claims Miss Grand Ireland organizer edited her images “unnaturally” and said she ate like “a pig”, which he denies.
4/7Beauty queen gives back her crown after sexual harassment
She also mentioned, “While I was in my bikini the pageant director, he asked if he could point something out and to which I said ‘yeah’. So he then proceeded to grab or pinch my stomach, and then did the same to my thighs on both sides in between my legs and told me ‘this needs to go. He said I needed to lose weight and that I needed to have a waist measurement of 60 cms.”
5/7Beauty queen gives back her crown after sexual harassment
“I was not comfortable with the fact there were three men in the room and someone was barging in on me while I was changing. I was then branded a drama queen,” Hollie adds. 30-year-old, pageant director confirmed that he did tell Hollie to “do a bit of cardio” as he took her measurements. But the Miss Grand Ireland franchise owner insisted he deselected Hollie because she “became too diva” with “her demanding behavior” and insists she gave him permission to take her measurements.