Published:  01:22 AM, 04 December 2019 Last Update: 01:25 AM, 04 December 2019

Ex-beauty queen barred from Miss World

Ex-beauty queen barred from Miss World A former Miss Ukraine stripped of her crown and barred from competing for Miss World. -Colected

A former Miss Ukraine stripped of her crown and barred from competing for Miss World because she is a mother has launched legal action against the contest, demanding a rule change.

"We demand a change of rules, @missworld", allowing all women to participate, 24-year-old Veronika Didusenko said on her Instagram on Monday after launching a campaign called #righttobeamother. Didusenko was crowned Miss Ukraine in 2018, but was dethroned after the organisers found out that she has a five-year-old son and disqualified from going on to compete for the Miss World title.

"The reason I was not allowed to compete in Miss World after winning the title #MissUkraine is because I had been married and have a child," she wrote on Instagram.

The rules of Miss World ban mothers and married women from taking part in the beauty pageant and oblige the contestants to sign a corresponding agreement.

Didusenko accused organisers of "discrimination" and said that global beauty pageants "seem to be stuck in the dark ages". "I don't want the crown back," she wrote on her Instagram page on Sunday. "I want to get the rules changed for wider society."

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