Miss South Africa has sparked anger after she posted pictures of herself wearing hand gloves during meeting orphans with HIV.
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who is mixed race, was accused of racism following the charity event at a soup kitchen in the country’s capital, Johannesburg, Metro UK reports.
People said she was either afraid of catching HIV by touching the children or she was ‘wearing gloves to touch black children.’
The 22-year-old Miss South Africa defended wearing gloves, denying she was racist and saying that she was told to wear gloves because she was ‘handling food’.
She said: ‘I just want to clear something up. All the volunteers on site wore gloves because we were told it was the right thing to do while working with food and we were handing out food to young kids.
‘That was our only intention with wearing the gloves; to be as hygienic as possible. I really feel that my intentions were completely misunderstood.
‘To me, the moral of the story today is that 300 kids got a proper, warm lunch and they got that with or without gloves, so I am a bit sad my intentions were taken completely wrong and I can only apologise if I offended anybody.’
However, other pictures and footage from the event show she did remove her gloves.
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