A beauty queen is taking legal action against the UK-based Miss World contest because she was banned from taking part for being a mum.
Veronika Didusenko, 24, was crowned Miss Ukraine in 2018 but was stripped of her title four days later after it was revealed she was divorced and had a son called Alex.
She was also banned from representing her country in the Miss World finals and replaced by another contestant
she has taking legal action in London claiming organizers are in breach of the Equalities Act 2010 and has demanded they change their ‘outdated’ entry criteria to reflect the modern world.
It comes two weeks before the Miss World finals take place in London
She said: “It was really humiliating when I was disqualified. I was very upset. I had to hand back the title, the crown and prize money.
“I couldn’t believe they would do such a thing in this day and age.
“Why does having a son and being previously married disqualify me? It’s shocking.”
Miss World, which was created in 1951 by the UK’s Eric Morley, is the largest beauty pageant.
It has always banned mothers or married women with contestants from 118 nations having to sign to confirm they meet the rules. Reported dailymail
Chief executive Julia Morley, who has run the contest for the past 19 years, has previously said the rules are there to protect children’s welfare
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