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Yet this warm and calm person was dragged into a scandal recently after winning the competition to represent Ukraine in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan in May.

Yuriy Syrotyuk, a senior member of right-wing Svoboda party, said that “Gaitana is not an organic representative of the Ukrainian culture” and that, since she is black, Ukraine will be “associated with a different continent.”

But Gaitana says that the racist comments make her feel sorry for Syrotyuk. “I wouldn’t like to be in his shoes, so many people are talking about him now, criticizing him,” she sighs.

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