It sounds like something from a cheesy movie — average woman signs up for beauty pageant, average woman gets all of the votes. But unfortunately Maya Shelkovaya didn’t get to stand on a stage throwing bits of crown at the audience or doing a red Solo cup routine to Pharrell’s “Happy” or whatever it is beauty queens do these days. Instead she got disqualified.
Shelkovaya originally signed up for the Russian pageant — which I understand is something being carried out primarily through e-mail and social media — because she wanted the prize, she told to Vocativ. The prize was some sort of game points for “Allods Team,” Shelkova’s favorite in-app Russian Facebook game. I like this lady already. She wrote on her submission photo that she thought she was ugly, and was totally blown away when she leaned she’d been voted into the top five, beating out hundreds of other young women.
An optimist’s take on this might be that Shelkovaya’s unique brand of beauty and unapologetic confidence in the face of online trolls was inspiring. An asshole might just assume she cheated. Apparently the organizers are assholes. They disqualified her and told her in a letter that “the organizer has the right to suspend a participant from the competition at any time if suspicions arise that the participant (or a third party) in the competition tries to change the results.”
“Mostly people write that I’m brave and honorable,” Shelkovaya told Vocativ. “But, to be honest, I don’t know where they got that from. I’m completely average.”
Apparently Shelkovaya has recieved an apology, but we all know what she really wants are these damn game points. My hopes for success are not high — Russia has a history of being terrible at beauty pageants.
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