A Miss Uzbekistan mystery has people wondering just who Rakhima Ganieva, an unknown woman shrouded in mystery and set to take part in the Miss World competition this 2013, really is. According to News.com.au this Saturday, Sept. 14, Ganieva is an 18-year-old winner from Tashkent, but officials from the region say they actually have no clue as to who she is or where the beauty came from.
The Miss Uzbekistan mystery begins when Ganieva first made international headlines and brought Uzbekistan into the set spotlight when she was crowned the very first representative from the country to participate in the Miss World competition. The contest started this week in Indonesia, but it is only now coming to light that pageant officials in Tashkent are claiming they don’t recall who 18-year-old Rakhima Ganieva is or how she became Miss Uzbekistan.
The Uzbek Culture and Sports Ministry, as well as the country’s national committee on women, recently released a statement affirming that they have “virtually no prior knowledge of Ganieva’s entry into the Miss World Contest,” also making it quite clear that Uzbekistan doesn’t officially hold a competition to even crown a Miss Uzbekistan in the first place.
This strange Miss Uzbekistan mystery that’s shrouded with missing details can begin to be solved by looking at the Miss World’s official online website, which cites that 18-year-old Ganieva is a “beauty born and raised in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent,” and is a talented piano player who also enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and learning about history. She is also said to be a college graduate of the Tashkent Professional University of Tourism, while hoping to study law in the near future.
According to Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbek President Islom Karimov (described as a fellow beauty with whom Ganieva has often been compared) recenty took to Twitter to say that the Miss Uzbekistan representative is a "Tajik-looking girl" who literally "appeared out of nowhere.”
No word yet on how this Miss Uzbekistan mystery woman shrouded in obscurity before coming into the international spotlight (as well as her trending status this week) might help her fare in the 2013 Miss World competition.