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Russia Proud of Miss Universe Showcase

Despite an early elimination of its own beauty queen, Russian organizers were thrilled to play host to a bevy of beauties.

Published: November 13, 2013 (Issue # 1786)



  • Having narrowed the field from 86 to ten, the Miss Universe 2013 finalists strike a pose on stage in Moscow.
    Photo: Pavel Golovkin / AP

  • Red fails to help ignite any love from the judges for Miss Russia.
    Photo: Pavel Golovkin / AP

  • Sergei Zverev and Anastasia Volochkova freeze for the camera.
    Photo: Natalie Svirko / For SPT

  • With a huge glossy smile, Miss Venezuela celebrates her sparkly new crown.
    Photo: Natalie Svirko / For SPT

Miss Venezuela, Maria Gabriela Isler, swept aside 85 contestants togive her country its seventh Miss Universe crown during thecompetition final inMoscows Crocus City Hall onNov. 9.

Although Russias beauty queen failed tomake it intothe top 16, theevent left Russian organizers andcelebrities beaming with patriotism that their country managed tohost anevent ofthis scale, andsome already asking forthe next pageant dose.

I cant describe all thethings that Im feeling atthis moment. Im shaking andI dont believe it, 25-year-old Isler said moments after being crowned Miss Universe 2013. Maybe tomorrow Ill wake up andsay, oh my gosh, its me, but right now Im still shocked.

Isler successfully navigated theswimsuit, evening gown andinterview portions ofthe pageant towin thetop spot. Spains Patricia Rodriguez was thefirst runner up, followed byConstanza Baez fromEcuador, Ariella Arida fromthe Philippines andBrazils Jakelyne Oliveira.

For me its like winning because its thefirst time that my country got so close tothe crown, said Miss Ecuador after theshow. Now I only want tosee my people andgo tomy country because Im so proud andI hope that theyre proud too.

This years judging panel included Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, gold medal figure skater Tara Lipinski, Nizhny Novgorod-born model Anne V, chef Nobu Matsuhisa, television host Carol Alt, watch designer Italo Fontana, haircare businessman Farouk Shami andRussian pop star Filipp Kirkorov.

Kirkorov left his two young children athome with their grandfather andput ona little something that came ina box fromMilan specifically, aleather jacket with golden studs, sequin shirt, ripped pants andgold-tipped sneakers tomake his debut as aninternational show judge.

Oxana Fedorova, Russias contestant, who won theMiss Universe pageant in2002 but later gave up her crown, andlast years winner Olivia Culpo set thebenchmark bywhich Kirkorov said he would pick this years winner. Kirkorovs mother also played arole insetting themodern standard ofbeauty.

My mom was abrunette andIll be looking formy moms features inthe next winner, Kirkorov said. He then went onto voice his support forMiss Russia, Ukraine andBulgaria before catching himself. Ive said too much. I cant say all this because Im amember ofthe jury.

Thecontestants got up early andrehearsed formost ofthe days leading up tothe final, like Guyanas Katherina Roshana Khan who said she had been up since 5 a.m. Bythe time theshow kicked off at10 p.m, all walking parades, as well as dances set tothe music ofPanic! Atthe Disco andCrocus Group vice-president Emin Agalarov, were perfectly tuned andchoreographed.

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Wednesday, Oct. 22


English teachers can expect to receive a few useful pointers today from Evgeny Kalashnikov, the British Council regional teacher, during the EFL Seminar this afternoon hosted by the British Book Center. The topic of todays seminar is Grammar Practice.


Young Petersburgers will get the chance to jumpstart their careers at Professional Growth, a job fair and forum featuring more than 40 major Russian and international companies vying for potential candidates for future positions. The forum not only is a chance to network but also to learn more about the modern business world and to understand what it takes to get the job you want.



Thursday, Oct. 23


AmChams Public Relations Committee meeting is scheduled to meet this morning at 9 a.m. in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center.


Sportsmen get their chance to stock up on all kinds of gear at the Hunting and Fishing 2014 exhibition starting today at Lenexpo. Everything from rods and reels to boats, motorcycles and equipment for underwater hunting will be on sale so that any avid outdoorsman can always be prepared.



Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBAs ongoing Breakfast with the Director series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at Sounds of the Universe, a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the clubs website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit Neophobia at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBAs Marketing and Communications Committees round table discussion on Government Relations Practices in Russia this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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