The first Miss USSR Pageant was held in Moscow in 1989. Julia Sukhanova from Moscow was the first Miss USSR. Julia was granted theright to participate further in Miss World but her parents refused point-blank to sign the contract on her behalf. When the young beauty came of age she moved to the USA where she started the modelling career and later owned a company specializing on the sport equipment.
Russia Illustrated, the main magazine of Russian emigration, organized and launched the first Miss Russia beauty pageant in 1929. Girls of Russian origin living in all European states were invited to take part. The first Miss Russia, Valentina Osterman, was crowned in 1929 in Paris. She was disqualified for her German passport. First runner-up Irina Levitskaya succeeded her.
Valentina Osterman - Miss Russia 1929:
Elmira Abdrazakova / Эльмира Абдразакова (born October 7, 1994) - Miss Russia 2013. She will represent her country in the Miss World 2013 pageant and Miss Universe 2013 pageant. Elmira Abdrazakova is an ethnic Tatar.
Elmira is 175 cm in height, measurements: bust - 86, waist - 60, hips - 92.
Ksenia Sukhinova (born 26 August 1987, Nizhnevartovsk, Russia) is Miss Russia 2007 and Miss World 2008 winner.
Sukhinova is 178 cm in height, measurements: bust - 83, waist - 60, hips - 91.
Ksenia Sukhinova is on Facebook - facebook.com/Sukhinova.Ksenia
Elizaveta Golovanova (born April 2, 1993) is Miss Russia 2012. She represented her country in the Miss World 2012 pageant and Miss Universe 2012 pageant.
Golovanova is from Smolensk and currently studying for a law degree at university. She likes writing poetry, cooking and keeping fit. She also enjoys art and literature, and describes herself as being persistent, creative and kind-hearted. She has a pet turtle and would one day like to be a television presenter.
Elizaveta talking about herself:
I am Elizaveta Golovanova! I represent Russia - a country that cherished many talents, a country full of colors and emotions, a country with great history. I am proud to be born here. I’m 19, I’m a second year law student. I do enjoy my studies because law is a live science full of unexpected and is very up to date which is very important to me.
Despite of studies, my life is full of bright events and impressions because I’m happy to hold the title of Miss Russia 2012. It is essential to me as my mission is to communicate not only esthetic beauty to the World but also inner one as well as to fulfill the World with kindness and positive energy.
Another crucial part of my life is sport – an amazing way to strengthen my body and to stay tuned. I do my best to spend my spare time with my friends and relatives. I feel high walking through the night Moscow enjoying the shimmering lights of the city. I love dark chocolate and my turtle.
Wish you good luck and see you at Miss World!"
Her height is 178 cm, measurements: bust - 86, waist - 62, hips - 89.
She was nicknamed the Russian Rapunzel for her long hair.