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Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss South Africa 2017

Miss South Africa, has for the past few days been accused of racism after she was photographed wearing gloves to meet orphans with HIV.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, 22, met children at a soup kitchen in Johannesburg, handing out meals at what was supposed to be a charity event.

The beauty quuen, however said she wore disposable gloves for hygiene reasons as she was dishing out food at Ikageng community centre.

She faced a lot of backlash on Twitter, with many accusing her of being racist or afraid of touching people with the disease.

All of the children at the soup kitchen on Wednesday were either orphans, HIV-positive, or both.

The hashtag #MissSAChallenge went viral on Thursday, after thousands of South Africans posted photos poking fun of the beauty queen but she responded to the critics saying:

One Twitter user termed the whole ordeal as disgusting.

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