ADMA, Lebanon, June 29 (UPI) -- Lamitta Franjieh, first runner-up in the Miss Lebanon pageant, refused the title and the $12,000 saying she preferred not to be tied down by a contract.
The Daily Star reported Tuesday that Rony Jazzar, producer from Star Wave Productions, the pageant organizer with the Lebanese Broadcasting Corp., announced Franjieh's decision during a news conference held for Miss Lebanon 2004, Nadine Njeim.
"She said she preferred not to be tied down with a year-long work contract that comes with her title," Jazzar said.
Franjieh stormed off the stage during the live televized pageant when she learned she hadn't won.
Njeim said the two contestants were still friends, even though Franjieh did not congratulate her after the event.
"We had good relations during our common stay at the house," she said. "But after we left, we lost contact."