Miss World Canada, Anastasia Lin, says China is refusing to issue her travel documents to take part in the final there next month. She believes she's being punished for her human rights activism.
Lin was born in China but moved to Canada with her mother when she was 13 years old.
Lin says authorities have approached her father, who is still in China, in an attempt to intimidate her and her family.
Lin is still hopeful she can compete in the pageant. She says the Miss World Organization — which uses the slogan "beauty with a purpose" — needs to do more to fight for her inclusion.
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