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Miss Ukraine Anastasiia Lenna explains 'airsoft' photos: 'I'm not military'

Eve Edwards March 8, 2022


An image of former Miss Ukraine Anastasiia Lenna wielding an airsoft gun has gone viral, leading some to believe the beauty queen had signed up to military service.

Lenna has been vocal in her support of the Ukrainian resistance since Russia invaded on 24 February 2022. The Kyiv-based model and marketing manager has made multiple posts on social media, some captions reading: “The invaders will die on our land.”

But why do some followers of Anastasiia Lenna mistakenly believe she has signed up to military service in light of her social media posts? Let’s take a look.

Screenshot: Miss Grand International 2015 Preliminary – UKRAINE Anastasia Lenna – Александр Бончук YouTube

Anastasiia Lenna wields airsoft gun in combat-style image

Taking to Instagram in support of Ukraine, Anastasiia Lenna shared an image of herself dressed in combat-style gear with the hashtags ‘Stand with Ukraine’ and ‘Hands of Ukraine’.

This image of the model wielding weapons has led her to be dubbed the ‘Lara Croft of Kyiv’.

But it has since been pointed out the gun Lenna is holding in the image is an airsoft rifle, not an assault rifle. Airsoft is a team game played with mock weapons. Airsoft guns or rifles use plastic bullets that are far from deadly. In another Instagram post, Anastasiia Lenna reveals she has played airsoft “for years”.

While images and videos of young Ukrainians fighting in the resistance have gone viral on social media, this isn’t a picture of Lenna picking up the fight.

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Ex Miss Ukraine clears up military confusion

After several news outlets mistakenly reported Anastasiia Lenna had signed up for military service, the former pageant queen cleared up the confusion.

‘Due (to the) current situation, I want to talk! I am not a military (person), just a woman. Just a normal human, like all people of my country. I am also an airsoft player for years,” Lenna wrote in an Instagram post.

“All pictures in my profile (are) to inspire people. I had a normal life just on Wednesday, like millions of people. I don’t do any propaganda except showing our women of Ukraine are strong, confident and powerful.”

Lenna previously shared multiple images of herself playing airsoft, as seen below:

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Anastasiia Lenna’s airsoft images explored

As Lenna admitted in her Instagram post, she has played team game airsoft for several years. Casting an eye over Lenna’s Instagram profile, you can see she’s a keen player.

Anastasiia Lenna has fought in several airsoft ‘battles’, such as the Battle of El-Nasr. Images of Lenna engaging in airsoft games date to September 2020.

So, while Lenna might look ready for active duty, she has never fought for Ukraine’s military.

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