Miss Ukraine

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Miss Ukraine
Міс України
Formation 1991
Type Beauty Pageant
Headquarters Kiev
Location
Membership Miss World
Miss International
Official language Ukrainian
Miss Ukraine Chairman Lilia Kuznetsova
Budget Main site (Ukrainian)/(Russian)

Miss Ukraine (Міс України or Панна України, Panna Ukrayiny) is a national beauty contest in Ukraine and was first held in 1991 in the National Palace "Ukraina".[1]

Today it is one of the top three national beauty contests in Ukraine, others being Miss Ukraine Universe and Queen of Ukraine. Miss Ukraine serves as preliminary for the Miss World and sometimes Miss International. Until 2006 it was the only national beauty contest, participants of which were qualifying for all the international pageant contests. Miss Ukraine still is the most prestigious and broadcast, however other concourses such as Miss Ukraine Universe with the help from Oleksandra Nikolayenko becomes well accepted also.

Historical overview[edit]

The first national pageant Miss Ukraine became an eighteen-year-old university student Olha Ovcharenko/Rechdouni, who was also a semi finalist in "Miss USSR" beauty pageant, and the first runner-up in 1990 Miss Kiev beauty pageant. The participants of Miss Ukraine would qualify to represent Ukraine on the international level such as the Big Four Pageants, Miss Intercontinental as well as continental beauty contests. Miss Universe contest usually was attended by the first runner up of Miss Ukraine but sometimes the winner can also compete. The national beauty contest was reorganized after Miss Ukraine Organization lost its franchise to one of the former pageant winners Oleksandra Nikolayenko (2001). Since 2006 Oleksandra Nikolayenko organizes Miss Ukraine Universe concourse as qualification to Miss Universe independently.

The contest takes place out of 26 candidates from all the regions of Ukriane. The major regional contests are Miss Kiev, Miss Odessa, Miss Donbass, Miss Western Ukraine and Bukovina, Miss Dnipropetrovsk, and others.

In 2002 Miss World 2002 was attended by the first runner up of Miss Ukraine Iryna Udovenko as the winner of the national contest Yelena Stohniy was over the age restriction to participate on the international level.

Since 2005 Miss Ukraine is being broadcast every year by one of the leaders of the national TV-networks Inter.

In 2010 the Ukrainian National pageant took place in fall on Saturday, September 4. The winner received a crown estimated at 250,000 euros, an automobile "Renault", and various make-up products.

Sponsors[edit]

Guests and jury[edit]

Venues[edit]

Titleholders[edit]

Iryna Zhuravska
Lika Roman
Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists

The winner of Miss Ukraine represents her country at Miss World. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent. Traditionally there are titles for Winner, Runner-ups and People's Choice Award.[3]

Year Miss Ukraine Represented Placement Special awards Notes
United Kingdom 2014 Andriana Khasanshin Lviv TBA TBA TBA
Indonesia 2013 Hanna Zayachkivska Ivano-Frankivsk Top 20
China 2012 Karina Zhyronkina Kharkiv Unplaced
United Kingdom 2011 Yaroslava Kuryacha[9] Vinnytsia Top 15
China 2010 Kateryna Zakharchenko[3][10][11] Odessa Unplaced
South Africa 2009 Yevhenia Tulchevska[12][13][14] Dnipropetrovsk Unplaced
South Africa 2008 Iryna Zhuravska[15][16] Kiev Top 15
China 2007 Lilia Roman[17] Uzhhorod Unplaced
Poland 2006 Olha Shylovanova[18][19] Kharkiv Unplaced
China 2005 Yulia Pinchuk Novovolynsk Unplaced
China 2004 Olesya Matveyeva Kiev Unplaced
China 2003 Ilona Yakovleva[20] Kharkiv Unplaced
2002 Yelena Stohniy[21] Kiev Did not compete
South Africa 2001 Oleksandra Nikolayenko Odessa Top 10 President of Miss Ukraine Universe
2000 Yulia Lineva[22] Zaporizhia Did not compete Competed in Miss Universe 2001
United Kingdom 1999 Olha Savinska Kharkiv Unplaced
1998 Olena Spirina Kharkiv Did not compete Competed in Miss Universe 1998
Seychelles 1997 Oksana Kuzmenko Kharkiv Unplaced
India 1996 Natalia Shvachko[23] Yenakieve Unplaced Competed in Miss Universe 2000
1995 Vlada Kerdina Brovary Did not compete
1994 Terezia Lazarenko Uzhhorod Did not compete
1993 Iryna Barabash Kharkiv Did not compete
South Africa 1992 Oksana Szabo Kirovohrad Unplaced
1991 Olha Ovcharenko[24] Kiev Did not compete
1990 Yulia Shestopalova[25] Mykolaiv Did not compete

Miss International Ukraine[edit]

The second title of Miss Ukraine represents her country at Miss International. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent. Sometimes Miss Ukraine Organization will be appointing the contestants to represent Ukraine at Miss International by castings.

Year Miss International Ukraine Represented Placement Special awards Notes
Japan 2014 Sofia Oleinyk Ternopil TBA TBA Elected as Miss Ukraine International 2014
Japan 2013 Margaryta Gorbyk Kiev Unplaced Appointed from Top 6
Japan 2012 Yuliya Gershun Dnepropetrovsk Unplaced Appointed from contestant
China 2011 Oleksandra Krysha Kiev Unplaced Appointed from contestant
China 2010 Inna Bezobchuk Kiev Unplaced Appointed from contestant
Macau 2008 Yuliya Galichenko Mariupol' Unplaced Appointed from contestant
Japan 2007 Mariya Varyvoda Unplaced Appointed from contestant
China 2006 Inna Goruk Unplaced Appointed from Top 6
Japan 2005 Mariya Zhukova Kiev Top 12 Appointed from Top 6
China 2004 Yuliya Kumpan Kiev Unplaced Appointed from contestant
Japan 2003 Veronika Dmitrievna Bondarenko Top 10 Appointed from contestant
Japan 2001 Nataliya Ivanovna Bakulina Top 10 Appointed from contestant
Japan 2000 Yana Anatoleyevna Razumovska Appointed from contestant
Japan 1999 Liliya Zalunina Unplaced Appointed from contestant
Japan 1997 Yuliya Zharkova Unplaced Appointed from contestant
Japan 1996 Nataliya Vasilievna Kozitskaya Top 10 Appointed from contestant
Japan 1994 Helen Vladimirovna Bakaeva Unplaced Appointed from contestant
Japan 1993 Natalya Vorona[24] Kiev 2nd Runner-up Appointed from 1st Runner-up (1991)

Other contests[edit]

  • Golden Crown of Ukraine (Золота Корона України), was conducted for the first time on November 6, 2004 at the Lviv Opera Theater. The winner of the contest Yelena Klepko from Poltava won the automobile Peugeot-206, a golden crown, and the title Miss Transport of Ukraine 2004. She also was allowed to participate at the Top Model of the World contest.[26]
  • In March 2010 there took place a Miss Bukovel contest as part of popularization of the Prykarpattya ski-resort Bukovel. The contest was won by a representative from Luhansk who later participated in Miss Ukraine 2010 as Miss Bukovel.[27]
  • Throughout Ukraine take place numerous other regular regional pageant contests among such are Transcarpathian Open ( 2010), Miss Kiev City (2009), Miss Crimean Champaign (2010), Miss Sevastopol (2009, 2010), pageant contest of Chernihiv Region (1996), and others.
  • In Chicago every year from about a thousand Ukrainian Americans one Miss Ukrainian Diaspora is chosen.[28][29]

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