Veronika Didusenko is a 24-year-old model that was crowned Miss Ukraine 2018. However, she had her title taken away after the organizers found out that she was a mom.
Yes, you read that right.
Apparently, the rules of the competition ban anyone from taking part in the Miss World franchise if they’ve got children. Veronika, who has a 5-year-old son, has now decided to take legal action against the contest over its policy. She told Radio 1 Newsbeat that she wants to change them, challenge them, and she wants to make sure that the rules of Miss World move with the times.
She wants to make them more fit for nowadays and reflect women’s reality today, when moms can perfectly balance between their careers and their personal life.
According to Veronika, she was surprised when she was crowned the winner at the Miss Ukraine beauty pageant, and she would’ve gone to represent her country at the Miss World contest, but she was disqualified four days later. She now adds that it was humiliating and insulting for her, and it felt so bad because it’s not just her story, but it’s the story of thousands of women around the world who maybe want to take part, but are unable to do so because they are mothers.
She admits that she saw the rule on the application form, but claims that she was encouraged to enter by the organizers.
CEO and chair of the Miss World Organization, Julia Morley, was questioned about this rule in an interview in 2018, and she told Good Morning Britain that one has to look to everyone and they vote as to what is acceptable when you’re trying to get a worldwide organization to agree.
The director of the Miss England competition, Angie Beasley, said in 2014 that it would be tough for moms to split their attention between the role and being a mom, and she said in a statement that it’s 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”.
Veronika claims that her son is a “nicely developed boy” and the reason is that he’s been traveling around the world with her for her career.
“So the argument of Miss World that they’re worried about children’s welfare… is absolutely for me it’s nonsense.” – she claims.
Veronika says that she hopes taking legal action against Miss World will change the rule, and she’s being represented by human rights lawyer Ravi Naik, who alleges that the entry policy is discriminatory under the Equality Act 2010.