A 22-year-old model has withdrawn from a national beauty pageant after he revealed he's actually a man.
Ilay Dygailev fooled judges as he pretended to be a woman named Alina Alieva when he applied for the Miss Virtual Kazakhstan pageant.
According to the Daily Mail, he became a finalist in the competition after beating out more than 4,000 other applicants for one of the coveted spots.
"My friends and I, we had a debate on beauty, and I decided to take part in the pageant. I’ve always been a champion of natural beauty," Dyagilev said. "You can see that many young women look identical, the same make-up, the same style – and they believe that they are beautiful if they follow trends. I don’t think so."
Eventually, Dyagilev admitted his rouse went too far, and told the organizers the truth - just before the final leg of the competition could take place.
"I came through to the finale and decided to expose the identity of Arina Alieva when I realized it had gone too far."