The winner of a beauty contest was stripped of the prize when it was revealed the model in the lingerie photos who won the competition was actually male.
The contest sparked controversy when the lingerie company decided to rescind the prize of a professional photo shoot from the contest winner, 20-year-old student Anthony Nagorny, Daily Mail reports.
Nagorny, who appeared in a number of photos in lingerie, reportedly borrowed makeup and underwear from his girlfriend. The girlfriend, who has not been named, helped him pick the four photos that he entered to the competition under the pseudonym Ms. Avocado.
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The photo shoot prize will now be shared by three female runners up.
"This boy looks very much like a girl," said Zhanna Stolpovskaya, the manager of the competition held in the Sakhalinsk Oblast region in southeastern Russia. "As pics were free to upload, he decided to participate too."
Users on social media criticized the lingerie company's decision.
"Idiots," said one user. "Now he can easily sue them for gender discrimination. And you might have thought the only women get discriminated."
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"They are so full of s***," said another. "Why wouldn't they announce gender requirements from the very start?"
In 2012, a Canadian beauty pageant kicked out a contestant after learning she was transgender, according to Daily Mail.
Miss Universe Canada kicked Jenna Talackova, 23, out of the contest after they learned about her gender, stating that contestants in the competition must be "naturally born female," though organizers acknowledged that Talackova is a "real girl."
National director Denis Davila said Talackova said she had been born female on her registration form.
"She feels like a real girl and she is a real girl. She didn't expect people to question it," said Davila. "She was hoping we could put her back in the competition, but the rules are very clear and there's no way we can go back on it."
In an interview, Talackova said that she knew she was female at the age of 4, and began hormone therapy 10 years later before undergoing gender transition surgery at age 19.
"I regard myself as a woman with history," Talackova said.
"Jenna Talackova from Vancouver, British Columbia will not compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada competition because she did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form," said Miss Universe Canada in a statement.
"We do, however, respect her goals, determination and wish her the best," the statement added.