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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. 1


The St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum 2014 kicks off today at Lenexpo, where it will be presenting the latest and greatest ideas until Oct. 3. Focusing on economic development and the decisions and measures necessary to encourage development in Russias most important industries, the event is a possibility to discuss the innovations currently available in a variety of fields.


Representatives of the Russian and international media industries arrive in St. Petersburg for the first ever International Media Forum being hosted by the city until Oct. 10. With a variety of events on tap, including workshops, lectures and film screenings, the event plans to reemphasize the citys reputation as the countrys culture capital and as an emerging market and location for the visual arts.



Thursday, Oct. 2


The celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Mikhail Lermontov continues with todays free exhibition in the citys Lermontov Library at 19 Liteiny Prospekt. Titled Under the Rustling Wings, the temporary exhibition will feature the costumes and scenery used in the 1917 production of Lermontovs play The Masquerade, which he wrote in 1835 when he was only 21 years old.



Friday, Oct. 3


Learn more about how to manage and evaluate employee performance during SPIBAs Human Resources Committee meeting this morning on Employee Assessment: Global and Local Trends. Starting at 9:30 a.m., the discussion will touch on such topics as the partnership between HR and business, reliable assessment strategies and more, with Tatiana Andrianova, the head of the SHL Russia and CIS branch in St. Petersburg, as the featured guest. Confirm your participation by Oct. 2 by emailing office@spiba.ru or calling 325 9091.


AmChams Procurement Committee Meeting is at 9 a.m. this morning in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center on Ulitsa Yakubovicha.



Saturday, Oct. 4


Wine and cheese lovers will get their chance to revel during Scandinavia Country Club and Spas Wine Market Weekend. Going on today and tomorrow, wining diners can listen to live music, take part in culinary classes and, of course, sample a variety of fine wines from around the world. The cost of admission is 400 rubles ($10.30) for adults and 200 rubles ($5.15) for children.



Sunday, Oct. 5


Look for the latest fall fashions at the Autumn Market today in Freedom Anticafe at 7 Kazanskaya Ulitsa. The minimarket plans to offer clothes more flattering than the puffy jackets that are a staple of the citys cold-weather fashion, while offering the same amount of protection from the biting winds blowing off of the Baltic.



Monday, Oct. 6


SKA St. Petersburg, the citys KHL affiliate, welcomes Slovakian club HC Slovan in a match-up tonight at the Ice Palace near the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased on the clubs website or in person at either the arenas box office or the clubs merchandise store on Nevsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Oct. 7


Learn more about Russias energy industry at the St. Petersburg Energy Forum that begins today and runs through Oct. 10. Attracting industry experts and political and business representatives, the forum plans to welcome more than 350 plus companies and their representatives to discuss the future of Russias largest economic sector.



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