Miss Russia said contestants in the 71st Annual Miss Universe pageant “avoided” and “avoided” her.
She added that she received threats from Ukrainian social media users during the contest.
“Ukrainian and Swiss girls ran away from me like fire,” said Anna Linnikova.
Miss Russia said the Miss Universe pageant was “extremely difficult” and that she “continues to receive threats” from Ukrainian social media users as a result of her participation in the contest.
The 71st Annual Miss Universe Contest was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, with the final selection on January 14th. Ms. R’Bonney Gabriel, her girlfriend of the American representative, won the competition after facing allegation of collusion when she won the Miss USA contest.
in an interview with Evening Moscow published on TuesdayRussia’s Anna Linnikova said she “faced constant insults and threats from Ukrainian social media users” during the tournament and even faced “negative comments from longtime acquaintances from Ukraine”. said he did.
Although she did not specifically mention the war between Russia and Ukraine in her interview with Evening Moscow, Linnikova hinted that she was “shunned” because of the ongoing conflict between the two countries. It looked like
“And so many others avoided me, just knowing my origins avoided me,” she continued. “Ukrainian and Swiss girls ran away from me like fire. !”
She went on to say that it was “a pity” that she didn’t want to talk to Viktoria Apanasenko from Ukraine because she was Russian.
“I tried to get in touch, but all my efforts were in vain. Everyone saw Victoria’s demonstrative behavior. This was her choice and I hold no grudge.” she said.
But Apanasenko spoke earlier Daily Beast Regarding her struggles to compete with Linnikova, Linnikova told the outlet that she only approached her for a selfie.
Apanesenko told the Daily Beast newspaper: “I was hoping until the last minute that Miss Russia would come to me and say sorry, but she took a selfie that I thought was propaganda. “Miss Russia never said a word about the war. People told me it would be dangerous for her.”
Apanasenko also told The Daily Beast that he thinks the Miss Universe organization underestimates the sacrifice it takes to compete alongside Rinnikova.
“I really appreciate the support of Miss Universe, but did the organizers understand how I felt standing on the same stage and smiling as Miss Russia in a blood red dress? I don’t know,” Apanasenko told The Daily Beast, referring to Linnikova’s “Crown of the Russian Empire” costume.
Apanasenko’s costume Similar to Archangel Michael, known as guardians.talk insiderApanasenko said he created the costume concept while watching the war in Ukraine, and was created over four months with limited supplies and candlelight.
In addition to her tension with Apanasenko, Rinnikova said she was worried about her personal safety due to the harassment she received on social media at the Miss Universe pageant.
When the public learned the address of the hotel where she and the other participants were staying, she was threatened and said, “There have been threats of physical violence on the condition that I go on stage. really frightened the life of
Linnikova told Evening Moscow that she believes “everything about the Top 16 stage has a purely political context” and that her failure to reach the final stage of the competition was due to “the quality of my performance. It has nothing to do with it,” he said.
She added that it was “very iconic” that both an American and a Ukrainian won two nominations in the competition. Win the Spirit of Carnival Award during the pageant. This award was given to a contestant who embodied Carnival Cruise Line’s “values of fun, friendship, diversity and inclusion.” company website.
A representative for Miss Universe did not immediately respond to an insider’s request for comment.
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