Russia’s Maria Elena Kostyanova has become the world’s youngest athlete to win the Miss Universe crown, but her father remains in jail.
Maria Elena Kustyanova was crowned Miss Universe in Moscow in May 2018 and is the first Latvian-born winner of the pageant since it was created in 1961.
She beat the reigning champion, Miss Finland Laima Kostyaeva, by one point, to win her fourth title.
The crown was handed to Kustyana in a ceremony on Tuesday, the first in a series of events for the crown that include the pageant’s grand finale in Moscow on Oct. 25.
Kustyanovas father, who is serving a life sentence for murdering his stepmother, remains in custody.
She is expected to appear at the pageant in the fall.
Russia has been grappling with the rise of Islamic extremism for decades, with many Muslim populations turning to Russia’s ultranationalist, nationalist, far-right parties.
The country’s authorities have repeatedly accused Moscow of backing terrorists, including Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda-linked militants.