A former Miss Grand Ukraine has reportedly exchanged her high heels for combat boots and joined the Ukrainian military in its fight against the Russian invasion.
According to her Instagram account, Anastasia Lenna, Ukraine’s 2015 Miss Grand International beauty contest delegate, has answered the call to defend her homeland.
“Anyone crossing the Ukrainian border with the intention of invading will be killed!” wrote one, in an English-language post on Saturday, which was accompanied by a photograph of armed soldiers blocking a route.
She also uploaded a photo of soldiers walking with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whom she described as a genuine and strong leader to her 75,000 followers.
Since the invasion began on Wednesday, the model has posted a series of messages on her Instagram Story imploring people to support Ukraine’s armed forces and asking for money.
The marketing and management graduate from Kyiv’s Slavistik University has previously shared images on her Facebook page of herself in full military regalia holding airsoft pistols in wild regions for fun.
She now appears to be using lead bullets instead of plastic pellets.
According to her Miss Grand International profile, she had previously worked as a model and public relations manager in Turkey, a far cry from the battlefield bloodshed. She has also worked as a translator and speaks five languages.
So far, Ukraine’s valiant fighters have held off the Russian attack, with no major cities captured and thousands of Russian troops killed.