Veronika Didusenko, Miss Ukraine 2018 takes legal action against the “Sexist and outdated” contest after she was banned from participating in Miss World for being a mother and a divorcee. As the pageant has banned mothers or married women with 118 nations having to sign to confirm they meet rules. The 24-year-old was stripped out of her title just after 4 days later when organizers discovered that she was a mother to Alex(5 years old) and was divorced.
Miss Didusenko has accused organizers of discrimination and leaving her “publicly humiliated”. She added “It was really humiliating when I was disqualified. I couldn’t believe they would do such a thing in this day and age“. Now she has launched her action in London claiming organizers are in breach of the Equalities Act 2010 and has demanded they change their ‘outdated’ entry criteria to reflect the modern world. She is now launching the campaign”Right to be a mother“.
She also said, “I don’t want the crown back. I want to get the rules changed for the wider society”. These rules are a systematic, widespread and international policy that results in discrimination on large scale across many countries. Miss Ukraine is believed to win a crown worth $275,453 and $129,275 cash prize which she had to return. The Miss World Executive Julie Morley has previously said that the rules are there to protect children’s welfare.