Miss Uzbekistan was alleged to be a national beauty pageant of Uzbekistan. The alleged winner would participate in the international beauty pageant Miss World. Controversy over the title of "Miss Uzbekistan World 2013" erupted when Ganieva Rahima, a resident of Tashkent, claimed the title. She began taking part in Miss World 2013 for Uzbekistan. She claimed that the Miss Uzbekistan 2013 pageant was held in 20 July 2013 in Tashkent. Supposedly the contest included three levels: introduction in national costumes, catwalk in cocktail dresses and catwalk and interview in evening dresses.
Officials at the Uzbek Culture and Sports Ministry and the National Committee on Women stated that the country never held a contest. And the university that she claims to attend has no record of her.
- Sindelar, Daisy. "Who Does Miss Uzbekistan Think She Is?". RFE/RL, Inc. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
- Simpson, Peter (13 September 2013). "So, Miss Uzbekistan, how DID you qualify for Miss World . . . from a Muslim country that holds no such contest?". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
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