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This man tricked a beauty pageant into thinking he was a woman and became a finalist

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Alina Alieva was not exactly who the organisers thought she was

Anna Freeman

06 Febrero 2018 15:55

A beauty contest in Kazakhstan was thrown into disarray after one of its finalists revealed that he wasn’t the full-pouted, thin woman they thought she was.

Ilay Dyagilev, 22, tricked the pageant’s organisers by posing as Alina Alieva, defeating 4,000 applicants to the last stage of the competition.

‘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,’ Dyagilev said.

‘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, his conscience got the better of him when he decided to tell the organisers of Miss Virtual Kazakhstan that they had been lied to, as well as online voters 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 they were ‘shocked’ by the revelation of the man from Almaty, the country’s largest metropolis. Dyagilev’s confession led to him being removed from the finalists and replaced by 18-year-old Aikerim Temirkhanova.

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