Anastasia Lin, the outspoken Miss Canada and human rights activist, was forced to watch the Miss World pageant on television rather than joining her fellow contestants on stage.
Opening up to the press, Lin spoke about the presumed reason for being denied entry to the tournament: her upcoming role in a film called The Bleeding Edge which depicts Chinese humans rights abuses inflicted on the Falun Gong spiritual sect.
A film graduate of Canada’s Toronto University, the 25 year old Lin believes her criticism of the Chinese government is what cost her a place at the 65th Miss World pageant. At the contest final, which took place on November 19, Miss Spain was crowned Miss World 2015.
“For the Chinese government, I did not even exist,” said Lin. “I was told: ‘Sorry, there is no explanation. You cannot come’.” She said defiantly, “Chinese film-makers have to alter their scripts. Everything has to be in line.”
Despite the threats her family has received, Lin is adamant that the fight for freedom should continue. “It is important for Chinese to express what they wish. We should encourage the Chinese people to speak up for themselves.”
Summarizing her personal aspirations, Lin declared that she wanted to “replace the fear and hatred in people with kindness and compassion.” The politically-minded Lin is also in favor of remodeling the Miss World contest to emphasize its contestants’ goals and beliefs.