Miss Egypt forced to give up her crown as rumors of 'secret' marriage surface

Published October 10th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Horreya Farghally, Miss Egypt 2002/2003, surprised everyone yesterday by giving up her title to the first runner-up, Nour Al Samry, following several rumors, affecting her reputation's credibility. 


The London-based daily, Al Sharq Al Awsat, reported Thursday that Farghally announced the news at a press conference she held late Tuesday in Cairo. "I prefer to be referred to as an 'equestrienne', rather than my attachment to the title of Miss Egypt 2002," Farghally said in the press conference. 


Rumors circulated claiming that the 25-year old Farghally had secretly tied the knot with another man, despite her engagement to Ahmed Hatem Farrag, the son of the well-known media figure, Ahmed Farrag. "I did not marry and I did not get LE 200,000 (approximately: $ 48,000) following my coronation, as rumors claimed. I'm going to give up my title to Nour Al Samry, and will dedicate my time to horse riding," she said, expressing hopes in owning and operating a horse-riding school to teach the younger generation. 


Several groups attacked the event, which took place last July 15, at the Conrad Hotel in Cairo, saying that the idea of organizing such an event does not reflect any 'open-mindedness', but shows how far away we are moving from cultural and religious values. 


Farghally, who also won the Miss Photogenic and Miss Global Beauties Egypt competitions, was supposed to represent Egypt in Miss Universe 2003 in Panama. – Albawaba.com

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