|Miss Uzbekistan. (Screen grab/Youtube.com)
A woman competing in the Miss World pageant as Miss Uzbekistan has raised some eyebrows because the Muslim country doesn't hold a competition and hasn't heard of her.
In an introductory video on the Miss World website Rakhima Ganieva, 18, says she hails from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, wants to be a lawyer and attends the University of International Diplomacy and Economy.
However, officials in her home country have never heard of her and say a Miss Uzbekistan contest has never taken place, the Telegraph reported.
In the Miss World video, Ganieva says she won her sash at a July 20 contest.
The Telegraph also reported no modelling agencies have heard of her, nor are there records of her at the university she claims to attend, which is actually called the University of World Economy and Diplomacy and her written biography says she's a graduate of another university altogether.
Ganieva, though, is still playing her role posing for pictures in an Uzbekistan sash with some of the world's other beauty queens.