When Elmira Abdrazakova won the Miss Russia beauty pageant she gained a crown, a little fame, and a whole bunch of haters.
According to The Sun, the newly crowned Miss Russia’s haters are saying that she is “not Russian enough” since her father is Tatar, a Russian ethnic minority, and she was born in Kazakhstan.
Elmira Abrazakova, 18, saw her Facebook page fill with hateful comments after she won the Miss Russia pageant. The comments got so bad that the young beauty queen eventually decided to close her account.
Abrazakova said: “The nationality question – I don’t really understand it, I don’t understand why men would write to a young girl offensive things about her nationality … It humiliates first of all not me, but those people who write it. It was bizarre for me when men were writing things like that to me, I was surprised we have people of that sort here.”
Abrazakova said that she hopes to turn some of her Miss Russia haters into fans as she competes in the Miss World contest. And if she can’t convince any Russian men that she deserves the title, the 18-year-old hopes to inspire teenage girls from around Russia to achieve great things.
The pageant winner said: “For many teenage girls Miss Russia will become a role model, a measure of beauty. Maybe some girls will look at me and get inspired by my experience to grow, to develop, to work hard. I hope they can see that in life you can reach something without big money.”