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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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