"Rakhima Ganieva never passed through any special selection process in Uzbekistan," said Zhavlon Komolov, a representative of the Tashkent-based Pro Models modeling agency where the teen trained as a 15-year-old.
Both the Uzbek Culture and Sports Ministry and the national committee on women said they don't know who Ganieva is, adding that the country doesn't even have a Miss Uzbekistan contest, Eurasianet.org reported.
"If there had been a process to choose a young lady for this competition, I can assure you that a much more beautiful model would have been chosen," Komolov said. "I'm sorry that Ganieva is choosing to build a career on lies."
Even Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov's daughter, Gulnara Karimov, took to Twitter to speak out against Ganieva, calling her a "Tajik-looking girl" who "appeared out of nowhere."