Miss Ukraine 2018 Veronika Didusenko has been stripped of her title after pageant organisers found out that she is a divorced mother, Cosmopolitan reported.
“In accordance with the Rules of conducting the National Beauty Contest, 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 and does not have a child,” a statement read.
Didusenko had thanked her fans for supporting her during “these tough times” when the news of her de-crowning surfaced.
The Ukrainian model announced that she will be launching a campaign for mothers who are not allowed to take part in beauty paegants.
“‘She gave birth when she was 19 and then divorced. I think it is wrong to position such a person as a role model for others to follow’,” she quoted a judge as saying in a photo caption on her Instagram account. Didusenko says she has been treated similarly this way before.
The pageant organisers will announce a new winner shortly.