Some folks in Finland are up in arms over the newly crowned Miss Helsinki. Nineteen-year-old Sephora Iklaba won the competition last week, besting the two other finalists pictured above. Since her victory, however, Sephora has been dealing with backlash over several things. First, she was originally born in Nigeria, which some say disqualifies her from the competition. And, according to those with a judgmental eye, the title of Miss Helsinki should be held by a woman who is more attractive. Yikes.
“If people start saying that this thing is attractive, I [have] lost all faith in humanity,” one person commented on Instagram. “Political correctness won. She’s damn ugly and not even from Finland,” another commented on social media. “It’s not that she’s black, it’s that she’s the least beautiful of all the entrants,” someone else noted.
Thankfully, Iklaba isn’t letting all the shade rain on her parade. She took to Instagram to clap back at her detractors, writing, “Be humble but still let these motherf*ckers know you worked for what you got!” She also shared her reason for doing the competition was “to be a good role model for young people and to represent those who are really unsure of themselves and are going through difficult issues”.