FANS have slammed Miss Universe 2023 for snubbing Miss Ukraine despite looking for pageant star with “strong advocacy”.
A total of 84 contestants were narrowed down to 16 semi-finalists, however, it was Miss USA who took out the final prize.
However, the news of a US winner was not warmly received by many fans, who would have instead preferred a Ukraine winner.
During the national costume segment some contestants chose to make political statements including Miss Ukraine, Viktoria Apanasenko, who made an impact with her reference to the ongoing war.
The 28-year-old unveiled the “Warrior of Light” costume in the contest with her performance video going viral online and receiving world wide adoration.
The footage showed the elegant model sweeping across the stage in an angel-like dress with wings and bearing a sword.
She posed in a warrior stance as her wings spanned out 16 feet.
Unfortunately, her performance was not enough to make it into the final rounds of the competition.
The news came as a shock to many viewers, who took to social media slamming the competition.
“If indeed #MissUniverse is looking for a transformational queen with strong advocacy then where is Miss Ukraine in the semi-finals,” a Twitter user said.
“Miss Ukraine with her wings and sword deserved some kind of honourable mention,” one said.
“Miss Ukraine is top class,” another said.
Regardless, the “battle angel” will be remembered for sending a message to Vladimir Putin as the war in Ukraine continues to rage.
Despite Ukraine’s loss in the competition, a US contestant won for the first time in 11 years.
R’Bonney Gabriel was crowned the 71st Miss Universe 2023 winner.