Former Miss Ukraine Sues Miss World After She Was Disqualified For Being A Mother

Ukrainian model, Veronika Didusenko, is launching legal action against the Miss World contest and its discriminatory rules.

The 24-year-old who was crowned Miss Ukraine in 2018, is demanding a rule change after she was stripped down of her title because she is a mother. Thus, she was disqualified from going on to compete for Miss World.

The competition bans mothers and married women from participating in the beauty pageant, and Didusenko, who has a five-year-old son, is trying to change the policy by taking legal action.

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In a lengthy Instagram post, the model claims that “the entry policy operated by #MissWorld is discriminatory on various grounds, namely marital status, and pregnancy and maternity.”

Didusenko goes on to explain that she doesn’t want her crown back, but is taking legal action to change the discriminatory rules affecting the wider society.

 

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The proud mother-of-one admits she actually saw the rule on the application form, however, she decided to enter the competition after she was encouraged by the organizers. Unfortunately, she was disqualified four days later.

It was humiliating and insulting for me. I felt so bad because it’s not just my story, it’s the story of thousands of women around the world who maybe want to take part but I don’t have the possibility to enter because they are mothers.

Didusenko says she was appalled by the rule, and that being a mother doesn’t interfere with her job as a model. In fact, the model revealed her son is used to traveling with her for her modeling work, and believes this makes him “so much more developed than other kids.”

 

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Back in 2014, Angie Beasley, the director of the Miss England competition, claimed that it would be difficult for the winners to focus on both their roles as models and being mothers.

In a statement to ITV, Beasley said that “it is both unfair on the child and her family to take the mother away from home for the year whilst she travels the globe helping charity causes for children.”

 

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Didusenko is being represented by Ravi Naik, human rights lawyer, who claims that under the Equality Act 2010, the beauty pageant’s entry policy is discriminatory.

Miss World returns to London on 14 December, and the 24-year-old believes this is the perfect opportunity for the competition to introduce the change.

 

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