While the Miss America 2014 competition takes place Sunday (Sept. 15), offering its own share of entertainment outside the actual pageant, the Miss World 2013 competition has a bizarre mystery at the center.
One contestants’ background is currently unknown, and officials are unaware how she made it all the way to Miss World.
According to officials from Uzbek Culture and Sports Ministry and the National Committee on Women, Uzbekistan didn’t hold a Miss Uzbekistan competition and anyone saying they represent the country is an “imposter” … a.k.a. 18-year-old Miss Uzbekistan Rakhima Ganieva.
The Tashkent native gained fame this summer when she was named Uzbekistan’s first-ever representative in the Miss World competition, although now many are wondering how she even made it to the competition.
Ganieva seems to believe she belongs at the Miss World competition. “On 20 of July, I took part in a beauty contest, and I won the title of Miss Uzbekistan 2013 and I am very happy of this event,” Ganieva says in her Miss World introduction video.
Zhavlon Komolov, a representative of the Tashkent-based Pro Models modeling agency where Ganieva briefly trained as a 15-year-old, said, “Rakhima Ganieva never passed through any special selection process in Uzbekistan. If there had been a process to choose a young lady for this competition, I can assure you that a much more beautiful model would have been chosen. I’m sorry that Ganieva is choosing to build a career on lies.”
While this mystery is ongoing and she hasn’t been kicked out of Miss World yet, officials have more important issues to handle — they are currently looking for a new location to host the competition in Indonesia because some Islamists in Jakarta say the capital city would be disgraced by hosting a “pornographic” contest.
Watch Ganieva’s Miss World introduction video below: