Who knew a beauty pageant could offer more media excitement other than a fumbled answer from a contestant?
It seems the Miss World competition is creating quite the buzz, mainly because they're unaware how a certain contestant made it all the way to Miss World.
It seems 18-year-old Miss Uzbekistan, Rakhima Ganieva, is a bit confused. Not about global politics or education, but about who she is. You see, according to officials from Uzbek Culture and Sports Ministry and the National Committee on Women, Uzbekistan didn't even hold a Miss Uzbekistan competition and anyone saying they represent the country is an "imposter".
On the Miss World website, Ganieva says she likes music from classical to modern, plays the piano, enjoys and plays sports, such as tennis, and likes to read in her free time. And she isn't just reading Cosmo or the latest Nicholas Sparks book, she enjoys the writings of the famous Russians - Chekhov, Dostoevsky,Tolstoy. She also likes to travel, having graduated from the Tashkent Professional College of Tourism, and plans to study law.
On paper, she sounds like the perfect beauty queen contestant. Such a shame she didn't lay the same ground work as all the other girls competing.
Even though Ganieva, a native of Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, will be the first ever representative of Uzbekistan in Miss World, her antics are upsetting many of the people back home.
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."
So how exactly did she make it all the way to the Miss World competition in Indonesia if her predominantly Muslim homeland doesn't even host a contest to represent them? Though her entry is still a mystery, she hasn't been kicked out of Miss World, but that could be because they have more important issues to handle. Officials of the competition are currently looking for a new location in Indonesia because some Islamists in Jakarta say the capital city would be disgraced by hosting a "pornographic" contest.
You can watch a video of Ganieva introducing herself as Miss Uzbekistan 2013 below.