A beauty contest holding in Kazakhstan was thrown into confusion as one of the contestants who made it to the final revealed that he’s a man.
A 22 year old man entered the competition alongside 4,000 others posing as a female contestant under the moniker ‘Alina Alieva’.
According to news report on the incident, the man decided to enter into the competition to prove his point on a debate he had with his friends about natural beauty.
In his words;
“My friends and I, we had a debate on beauty, and I decided to take part in the pageant. I’ve always been a champion of natural beauty.”
“You can see that many young women look identical, the same make-up, the same style – and they believe that they are beautiful if they follow trends. I don’t think so.”‘I came through to the finale and decided to expose the identity of Arina Alieva when I realised it had gone too far. ‘At the very beginning there were around 4,000 applications from across Kazakhstan, but I got to the final,’.
Although getting to the final does prove his point, his confession left the unsuspecting pageant organisers in shock. He was swiftly disqualified and replaced with another contestant Aikerim Temirkhanova, 18 who had scored 1975 votes against 2012 scored by the disqualified imposter’Arina Alieva’.
Speaking after his disqualification, Illay said:
“I am not urging people to cross-dress.
“What I want is to turn people’s attention to the fact that the typical beauty standard is not that important, but individuality and natural look is.”