Miss Italy criticised for telling judges she wished she was alive during World War II
Miss Italy has some more questions to answer.
Beauty queen Alice Sabatani (18) was crowned Miss Italia last night, but not without some controversy as she described the most desirable historical period to live in as World War II.
While acknowledging that she would not have had to fight because she is a woman, she said that 1942 was her year of choice if she could go back in time - one of the grimmest years in the war and in modern history.
In 1942, Mussolini's dictatorship's was crippling Italy and it was also the year that Nazis began mass gassing of Jews in Auschwitz and other concentration camps around Europe.
When asked why she wanted to experience that particular year, she responded: “Well . . . to see really what the Second World War was like, since the books talk about it for page after page. I . . I want to live it. In any case I am a woman so I wouldn’t have had to do military service, so I would have
The controversial response didn't harm her chances at the crown however as she won the title of Miss Italy later that night and won over the judges so much that one even jumped to her defence later in the evening.
Vladimir Luxuria, a transgender actress and writer, said: "Try to imagine the emotions of a young woman who had all the spotlight on her: She panicked."
She was quoted in a local paper as saying she wanted to be alive during the time "for better or for worse".