Ukraine’s efforts to exclude the Russian participant for the Miss Universe 2022 beauty pageant were unsuccessful, Viktoria Apanasenko, Ukraine’s candidate for the Miss Universe 2022 beauty pageant, said in an interview with the Ukrainian TSN News tv channel on Jan. 14.
"We did a lot of work on that, but she was granted a US visa, and this decided her participation in the contest," she said.
"If the Americans gave her a visa, the organizing committee cannot drop the contestant."
Apanasenko also commented on the Russian contestant’s efforts to be photographed next to her at the pageant.
"She was tasked by her organizing committee to take a selfie with me," the Ukrainian said.
"And this is not the first time she tried to do it. I have only one question for her and so far I’ve received no answer — whether she supports the policy of her president who started the war in Ukraine, or not. Several times they offered to take a 'friendly snap.'"
Earlier, NV reported that the U.S. representative won the title of Miss Universe 2022. Ukraine's Apanasenko did not make it to the top 16.