|Beauty pageant titleholder|
June 5, 1986
|Title(s)||Miss Utah USA 2009|
|Miss USA 2009 (3rd runner-up)|
Chukanov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and moved to the United States when she was four years old. She holds dual U.S.–Bulgarian citizenship and speaks fluent Bulgarian, English, some Russian and studied Spanish. Chukanov graduated from the University of Utah, with a degree in International Studies and minors in Leadership Studies and Art History.
Chukanov competed in the Miss Utah USA 2008 pageant in late 2007 and placed third runner-up to Julia Bachison. She competed the following year and won the title. She was also first runner up in a prior Miss Sandy pageant. Chukanov represented Utah at the Miss USA 2009 pageant held in Las Vegas, NV, on April 19, 2009 where she became the third consecutive delegate from Utah to make the semi-finals, and eventually placed third runner-up to winner Kristen Dalton of North Carolina. This was Utah's highest placement in the nationally televised pageant since 1998. Chukanov was directed by the pageant director Britt Boyse and Boyse's company Casting Crowns Productions. The other Casting Crowns titleholder Alicia-Monique Blanco of Arizona placed 2nd runner-up, making Boyse the most successful director for the 2009 pageant.
- "Sofia-born Laura Chukanov places fourth in Miss USA competition". The Sofia Echo. 2009-04-20.
- "Cover Story: Utah 2008".
- "Cover Story: Miss Utah USA 2009 vies for Miss USA while juggling homework and philanthropy.". In Utah This Week. 2009-04-09.
- Miss Utah USA official website
- The first publication of Laura Chukanov
- Laura Chukanov Fan Club - Proud to be Bulgarian
- Interview with Laura Chukanov
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