23-year-old Miss Ukraine, Veronkia Didusenko, who won the crown in Kiev last Thursday, 20th September 2018 did not get to enjoy the thrill of winning a beauty pageant before the crown was stripped off her less than a week later. The young lady was disqualified when organizers discovered she had lied about her personal life on her application form.
The beauty queen has a four-year-old son with her ex-husband but competition rules ban mothers or women who have been married from entry.
The Organizing Committee of Miss Ukraine 2018 released a statement regarding disqualification of Veronika Didiusenko, who had won the title. It read:
“In accordance with the Rules for conducting the National Beauty Contest Miss Ukraine, a person who wishes to take part in the National Beauty Contest “Miss Ukraine” must comply, among other things, with the following requirements (valid for the period of the Contest): – not / was not married; – has no children,” the statement reads. “The same requirements are indicated in the official form (OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM), which is contained in the unified rules and conditions of participation in Miss World contest 2018.”
Now, Miss Ukraine officials have yet to decide which contestant will fill her position to compete in Miss Universe. The competition’s jury plans to announce a new Miss Ukraine 2018 on Sept. 30 in a television broadcast, according to a statement.
The 23-year-old model regarded the disqualification as “discrimination” and, according to Ukrainian media, would not give up on her title so easily. Supported by her boyfriend who addressed the controversy on Facebook, the couple have decided to fight “not for the title, but for the change of these atavisms.”