Venus Raj is one of the most controversial Filipina beauty queens in the Philippines. She was stripped off of her crown and title as a Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines-Universe) a few weeks after the pageant which was held on March 6, 2010.
The beauty queen was dethroned due to the inconsistencies found on her birth certificate and her (Venus) claim that she was born in Doha, Quatar. There was even a debate whether Venus Raj is a Filipino citizen or not. The Filipina beauty queen, on the other hand, sought the help of a legal expert to help her reclaim the title of Binibining Pilipinas on the grounds that she is indeed a citizen of the Philippines.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Raj is a Philippine citizen by virtue of the jus sanguinis principle (“right of blood”), a basic right provided by the Philippine Constitution which bestows upon a person the citizenship of his father or mother regardless of where the person was born, thus declaring her of Filipino citizenship.
On April 10, 2010, she was reinstated as the 2010 Binibining Pilipinas by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. The reason for her reinstatement was solely due to humanitarian reasons.
In August 2010, she went to the United States to compete for the Miss Universe crown, and fortunately she landed 4th place in the said competition.
Full Name: Maria Venus Bayonito Raj
Screen Name: Venus Raj
Birth Date: July 7, 1988
Birth Place: Doha, Quatar
Birth Sign: Cancer
Height: 5 foot and 9 inches
Education: Diploma in Communication Arts major in Journalism at the Bicol University. She graduated with Latin honors (Cum Laude)
Beauty titles: Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2008
Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2010
Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up
Major competitions: Miss Philippines Earth
Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2008
Binibining Pilipinas 2010
Miss Universe 2010