Beauty pageant final contestant shocks everyone by revealing he's actually a man
At some point in our lives, we've all been part of a joke that has gone too far. Whether it's putting laxatives in the tea of your co-worker who you don't like or tricking your mate into doing something stupid and dangerous, it's easy to overstep the mark and end up feeling bad about your actions.
However, while these instances may only affect one or two people, one man played a practical joke on an entire nation and used it to spread a powerful message about beauty standards across the globe.
As I'm sure you are more than likely aware by now, this week's news has so far been dominated by Kylie Jenner and the Super Bowl. However, it may come as a surprise to some people that there are actually other stories going on in other parts of the world. Over in Kazakhstan, a beauty contest has been thrown into disarray after one of the finalists revealed that he is actually a man.
Ilay Dyagilev, 22, managed to trick organisers by posing as Alina Alieva and beat 4,000 other applicants to reach the last stage of the competition.
Speaking about his reasons for entering the competition, Dyagilev said:
"My friends and I, we had a debate on beauty, and I decided to take part in the pageant. I’ve always been a champion of natural beauty.
"You can see that many young women look identical, the same make-up, the same style – and they believe that they are beautiful if they follow trends. I don’t think so."
However, rather than continue through the final round of the competition, Dyagilev decided to tell the organisers of Miss Virtual Kazakhstan that they had been conned, as had the online voters who had been voting from all over the country.
"I came through to the finale and decided to expose the identity of Arina Alieva when I realised it had gone too far.
"At the very beginning there were around 4,000 applications from across Kazakhstan, but I got to the final," he said.
The organisers said that they had been left "shocked" by the revelation that one of their contestants was a man and Ilay's confession has led to him being removed from the final and replaced by Aikerim Temirkhanova, 18.
Dyagilev managed to come through the semi-final, which cut the numbers of contestants from 142 to 16, before being replaced. So far, Temirkhanova has scored 1975 votes in the semi-final, however, the fake Arina Alieva managed to score 2012.
It's not the first time that a male has conned beauty pageant judges. Just last year, Andrey Nagorny, 20, tricked officials in Russia after he posed as a lingerie model and won a contest. The 'striking brunette' used his girlfriend's lingerie and makeup and called himself Ms Avacado. However, once organisers found out the truth, Mr Nagorny was stripped of his title and the prize.
Fair play to Dyagilev for using humour as a tool to show the problems with beauty pageants. At the end of the day, who are a few judges to determine what constitutes being 'beautiful'? Isn't it just a matter of opinion?