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> Within days, it was taken off her, why, because she's a mother, which is against the rules of Miss Ukraine and Miss World. Organizers had found out 23-year-old Veronika Didusenko is divorced with a 4-year-old son.
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>> In September, she was crowned Miss Ukraine 2018.>>
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Now she's fighting back with a campaign called right to be a mother to change what she calls outdated and humiliating rules that discriminate.>> What is most important now is to let people know and make them aware that this problem exists. And this rule, this norm, which exists in this world contest is really discriminatory.
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>> Miss Ukraine's executive director has defended the decision to disqualify. She says it's punishment for lying to the organizers. She also says it's not discrimination because mothers do have an alternative, the Mrs. Ukraine or Mrs. World competitions, where marital status doesn't matter. But they're also nowhere near as high profile, and Veronika isn't buying it.
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She says while many have criticized her on social media for lying, she's also getting hundreds of messages of support.>> Today I'm only holding this ribbon, but not such a long time ago, I'd been wearing it and a crown of Miss Ukraine 2018.>> She believes the rule prevents women with children from pursuing their dreams and plans on appealing to political figures, including France's first lady Brigitte Macron and Michelle Obama to support her cause.
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