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Turkish model refused visa for beauty contest

The Local · 9 Mar 2011, 08:00

Published: 09 Mar 2011 08:00 GMT+01:00

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Sezgi Melek Tüzel was due to travel to the Baltic island of Usedom to strut her stuff “Top Model of the World” contest on March 16. But daily Die Welt reported this week that she had not received a visa even though contestants from South America and Africa had.

Citing the Turkish press, Veli Harmanda from Turkey's organizing committee called the incident an "international scandal," according to the paper.

Though rehearsals for the contest have already finished, Tüzel is hoping to be granted permission to visit Germany as soon as possible in order to make the finale next week.

The model's woes underscore recent complaints by Turkish officials, who say Turkey's citizens have had increasing difficulty getting German visas.

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Your comments about this article

12:40 March 9, 2011 by beeker
She certainly looks like a threat to national security to me. I¦#39;m sure that customs and immigration are capable of doing a thorough search for prohibited items
13:49 March 9, 2011 by Ebolter
Looks like a guy to me .
14:14 March 9, 2011 by D_J
Please give her the visa. I mean, to her atleast please!
14:32 March 9, 2011 by KamiZ
@Ebolter. How many guys have you seen with breasts? :D
14:45 March 9, 2011 by The-ex-pat
14:32 March 9, 2011 by KamiZ

@Ebolter. How many guys have you seen with breasts? :D

You have never been to Thailand then löl
15:28 March 9, 2011 by marimay

Don't tell me you prefer the female crew cut so many german women wear.. lol
16:09 March 9, 2011 by appocalypto
now she can get back to cooking doners and falafels :D
16:12 March 9, 2011 by Angry Ami
an outrage, how could such a thing happen, I mean transgender folks are welcomed in Germany, what? she's a female, oh, masculine looking women are welcomed in Germany, why just look around Berlin, she must be let in, or come out or...

18:15 March 9, 2011 by lordkorner
I wouldn't throw her out of bed for eating a kebab...
11:29 March 10, 2011 by tallady
If you Google her ,there are many photos of her as a model....I think she models and looks good. Let her in....lordkorner is going to buy her a kebab
13:43 March 11, 2011 by mike_1983
turks having trouble getting a visa??? well thats 4-5 million turks too late!
07:27 March 12, 2011 by dr.makni49
Surprising news and some surprising comments... well, folks, you have the right to say so.
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