Pretty Ugly: Miss Global 2022 disqualifies Valeria Vasilieva following social media controversy

Pageant contestant Valeria Vasilieva, an Estonian, went viral on Indonesian social media on May 17, 2022 after labeling Balinese police as “corrupt”. Photo: Screengrab.
Pageant contestant Valeria Vasilieva, an Estonian, went viral on Indonesian social media on May 17, 2022 after labeling Balinese police as “corrupt”. Photo: Screengrab.

The organizing committee of Miss Global 2022 has disqualified Miss Global Estonia, Valeria Vasilieva, amid backlash from her viral video in which she labeled Bali police “corrupt.”

“[We] want to clarify and address a recent, viral issue that has been going on on social media in the past several days,” Kishanty Hardaningtyas, the director of Mahakarya Duta Pesona Indonesia, told local media outlets.

“On behalf of the Miss Global team and committee, we are disturbed and genuinely regret the behavior of Miss Global Estonia.”

Vasilieva, according to Kishanty, has been officially disqualified from the event, which will take place on June 11 in Nusa Dua, Bali. The committee said that they found Vasilieva “has broken the rules” without elaborating further on the exact violations that the Estonian beauty queen had committed. 

As previously reported, Vasilieva became the subject of public backlash after uploading a video on her TikTok account last week where she ranted about authorities in Bali. 

Read also: Estonian beauty queen in hot water following social media rant criticizing “corrupt” Bali police

“If you want to travel to Bali, be ready,” she said in the now-deleted video. She went on to say that cops would stop travelers everywhere and inspect their documents before insinuating extortion.

“Until you will pay all of the money you have to this fucking corruption police [sic]. Good luck,” she added.

Vasilieva later took down the video but local entrepreneur and fashion designer Niluh Djelantik (@niluhdjelantik) noticed it and uploaded a copy on her Instagram account.

“With that many pageant crowns you have, but still no manners,” Niluh wrote in the caption. 

“If you’re obeying the rules [such as wearing helmets or have all the documents handy], the authorities would not enforce the law […] leading a certain public opinion by saying f*ck*1ng [corrupt police], if you don’t have evidence you will deal with the public deception and defamation law. The punishment is jail and deportation.”

What followed was a witch hunt with authorities reportedly searching for Vasilieva, who arrived on the Island of Gods on April 25. The committee said that she had visited Bali earlier than expected for the pageant and had traveled on her own dime.

Vasilieva herself flew out from the island on May 17, which was the same day when immigration was alerted to the social media drama. Local outlets reported that she booked herself a flight to Doha the very same day the controversy began.

Some pointed out that Vasilieva had a point by calling out “corrupt” Bali police (like the case here). Others, however, pointed out that a number of foreigners had been caught violating traffic rules, such as failing to wear motorcycle helmets. Ultimately, without proof either way, it’s not clear if Vasilieva was indeed an extortion victim and had justifiable grounds to criticize police in Bali.

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