Rakhima Ganieva from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, appears to have everything it takes to be a perfect Miss World contestant: She's a college-bound 18-year-old with brown wavy hair and dewy, dark eyes. She loves travel, tennis, and playing the piano. And she's no airhead. "When I have some free time," she writes in her Miss World introduction, "I like to read a good book … My favorite writers are Chekhov, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy." She's also her country's first contestant to participate in the pageant. The catch is, officials from Uzbekistan deny sending her and say they have no clue who she is.
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EurasiaNet, a news service that covers Central Asia and the Caucuses, reports that the Uzbek Culture and Sports Ministry and the national committee on women have claimed they had no information on Ganieva's entrance into the Miss World pageant, which kicked off in Indonesia on September 8. Furthermore, they denied there was ever a Miss Uzbekistan contestRead More »from The Mysterious Miss Uzbekistan: Who's That Girl?