A beauty queen who was stripped of her crown and barred from competing for Miss World is taking legal action against the UK-based Miss World contest because she was banned from taking part for being a mother, Daily Mirror reported on Monday, December 2nd.
Veronika Didusenko, 24, won the Miss Ukraine title in 2018 but was dethroned four days later after the organisers found out that she was divorced and had a baby boy named Alex, now five. She was also banned from entering the Miss World finals, according to AFP.
The beauty queen said she is taking legal action against the contest, demanding a rule change.
"We demand a change of rules, @missworld," 24-year-old Veronika Didusenko posted on Instagram on Monday after launching a campaign called #righttobeamother to allow all women to participate in the pageant.
"The reason I was not allowed to compete in Miss World after winning the title #MissUkraine is because I had been married and have a child," she wrote on Instagram.
The rules of Miss World ban married women and mothers from taking part in the beauty pageant and oblige the contestants to sign a corresponding agreement.
Didusenko accused organisers of "discrimination," saying that global beauty pageants "seem to be stuck in the dark ages."
On Sunday, she wrote on her Instagram page, "I don't want the crown back."
"I want to get the rules changed for wider society," she added.
Didusenko claimed Miss World organisers are violating the terms of the Equality Act of 2010 that protects against discrimination based on certain characteristics, including marriage, maternity, and gender, and she has taken legal action in London.
There has not yet been any comment from Miss World on the issue.