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Anger as Russian beauty queen ‘is seen in the Maldives after missing key events “due to illness”‘

A beauty queen has been stripped of her title – amid claims she went awol and damaged her gold and silver crown.

Miss Moscow 2018, Alesia Semerenko, is accused of refusing to take part in key events ‘due to illness’ – but then being seen on her social media sunbathing in the Maldives.

The economics student, 24, kept her crown at home against the rules and when it was returned ‘the encrusted diamonds were falling off it’, claimed the organisers.

The catwalk star denies the accusations against her and claims she is the victim of a vendetta and campaign of ‘lies’ because she caused an upset in winning the prestigious Russian beauty pageant title three months ago.

Miss Moscow 2018 (pictured), Alesia Semerenko, is accused of refusing to take part in key events 'due to illness' - but then being seen on her social media sunbathing in the Maldives

Miss Moscow 2018, Alesia Semerenko, is accused of refusing to take part in key events ‘due to illness’ – but then being seen on her social media sunbathing in the Maldives

The beauty queen had taken several holidays and when she was expected to attend an event with Russian military paratroopers she was seen on a beach in the Maldives (pictured)

The beauty queen had taken several holidays and when she was expected to attend an event with Russian military paratroopers she was seen on a beach in the Maldives (pictured)

The Miss Moscow title is seen as prestigious and a previous winner last year wed the then king of Malaysia, Semerenko is pictured at the 2018 final

The Miss Moscow title is seen as prestigious and a previous winner last year wed the then king of Malaysia, Semerenko is pictured at the 2018 final

A source from the contest Alesia ‘must be distressed at having to give away her crown to her nearest competitor – runner-up Ksenia Palenova – but this is what is happening now.’

The source claimed it was impossible to contact Alesia to undertake engagements to which she was committed after winning the title.

Pageant producer Svetlana Yagovitskaya complained that the beauty queen was repeatedly ill ‘but in her Instagram she is having an intense social life’.

She said: ‘She fell ill once then again and again. It was going on for several months.

‘When managers went to see her at home, they found that the crown was broken and bent in several places.

‘It was not clear what exactly Alesia was doing with it – but the crown looked shabby.’

She had taken several holidays and when she was expected to attend an event with Russian military paratroopers she was seen on a beach in the Maldives.

‘What is the sense in having a queen who we can’t bring anywhere?’

The catwalk star denies the accusations against her and claims she is the victim of a vendetta and campaign of 'lies' because she caused an upset in winning the prestigious Russian beauty pageant title three months ago

The catwalk star denies the accusations against her and claims she is the victim of a vendetta and campaign of ‘lies’ because she caused an upset in winning the prestigious Russian beauty pageant title three months ago

She was told her ‘fairytale is over’ after failing to acknowledge a final warning, according to a report in Moskovsky Komsomolets.

The title is seen as prestigious and a previous winner last year wed the then king of Malaysia.

Director of the contest Tatiana Andreeva-Falk, the director of Miss Moscow contest, told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper: ‘It is very unpleasant that nothing matters for her except her beauty.

‘We hardly managed to get the crown back from her. It is broken. It has to be repaired. It is an expensive crown, made from gold-plated silver and semi-precious stones.’

She said: ‘The winner of the contest Is expected to take part in numerous events for one year, mostly for charity. Alesia has not attended a single one. It is impossible torch her on the phone.’

She had also skipped most of the rehearsals ahead of the contest. 

‘We thought hard whether to expel her before the contest but she is such a beautiful girl. We didn’t throw her out. The the jury made her the winner.’

Her critics say when she won the title she vowed to ‘fight the common view that beauty and intellect are incompatible’.

The economics student, 24, kept her crown at home against the rules and when it was returned 'the encrusted diamonds were falling off it', claimed the organisers

The economics student, 24, kept her crown at home against the rules and when it was returned ‘the encrusted diamonds were falling off it’, claimed the organisers

She said: ‘The stereotype is that we are stupid dolls incapable of anything but walking down the catwalk. I want to breakdown this stereotype.’?

Semerenko denied refusing any roles and insisted she was always at the end of a phone or contactable on social media.

She insisted she had not broken or damaged her crown. She claimed she was the victim of ‘lies’.

Stripping her of the crown was a ‘disgrace’ and ‘stupid’.

The reason she had been fired ‘is totally different and I don’t want to talk about it’, she said.

‘I can only say that there is somebody who was very unhappy about my crown.’

She added: ‘Let Polenova carry my crown after me. Probably, she won’t break it.’

She stated: ‘I deserved this victory and this moment cannot be crossed out of the history, whatever they say and write.’ 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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