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Is she the nude model from 2001 contest?

HER 89cm bustline had hogged the limelight during the Miss Asia pageant.

Ten days after the contest, Bonnie Yuen, the hot favourite who ended up fourth, still finds herself the talk of the town.

Apple Daily reported that she bears a striking resemblance to a model who had posed nude for Hong Kong's Penthouse magazine.

This was yet another controversy that has emerged from the scandal-hit pageant.

Following the discovery of her bare-all exploits in 2001, the nude model was disqualified from a beauty contest by Asia Television (ATV), the same organisers of the Miss Asia Pageant.

The nude model shares the same English name and surname as Yuen. They also look the same and are about the same height.

The nude model was 18 then, which means she would be 26 now, about the same age as Yuen.

One difference was in their Chinese names. Yuen's Chinese name is Xiao Man while the nude model's is Wan Wen.

The other obvious difference is the bust size.

According to records from 2001, Wan Wen measures 81-58-89cm (32-22-35 in inches).

But Yuen's chest measures 89cm and her voluptuous figure was one of the talking points of the pageant.

Apple Daily reported that she even dared ATV chief executive Ricky Wong to 'feel her breasts to see if they are real' when Miss Asia contestants met him last Friday.

Mr Wong had asked if her breasts were real.

Quoting sources, Apple Daily said Yuen is the nude model from 2001 who posed for Penthouse.

She had merely changed her name and enhanced her figure, the paper said.

Yuen was contacted but she didn't reply by press time.

Mr Zhang Jicheng, the producer of the 2001 show in which Wan Wen was disqualified, told Apple Daily: 'They do resemble each other. But there's a slight difference when it comes to the figure.'

When contacted, an ATV spokesman said he's not sure if they are the same.

However, Ms Ouyang Haixuan, a fellow participant from the beauty contest in 2001, insisted that Yuen and Wan Wen are the same person.

She told Apple Daily: 'That big-bosom Miss Asia contestant Bonnie Yuen is the same person who took part in the 2001 contest with me and got disqualified.

'She didn't change much except for her figure.

'I could tell that it's her when I first saw her on TV because there was a period of time when both of us were quite close.

'But we lost touch after she changed her phone number.'

Meanwhile, in another scandal, Mr Wong has been forced to step down barely 12 days after taking over, making him the shortest-serving CEO in the station's 50-year history.

In a press conference on Monday to reveal the discrepancy in the votes and results of the beauty pageant, Mr Linus Cheung Wing Lam, ATV executive chairman, told the press that he had accepted Mr Wong's resignation, citing 'irreconcilable differences' between them.

Mr Cheung said that it was not because of the incident where Mr Wong had questioned Yuen about her breasts.

However, Mr Wong's company issued a statement insisting that he had not resigned.

This article was first published in The New Paper on Dec 17, 2008.

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