She held the "Miss Odesa", "Miss Ukraine South", "Miss Ukraine", "Miss Student", "Miss Tourism-Europe", "First vice-Miss Tourism-Planet", "Miss American Dream" and "Miss Tourism International" titles. She represented Ukraine at Miss World 2001 and placed among the top ten. Later, she was the 2004 Miss Ukraine Universe winner and represented Ukraine at Miss Universe 2004 in Ecuador 2004. She has received more beauty awards than any other woman in Ukraine. She was invited to judge the Miss Universe 2005 finals in Thailand.
Life after pageants
Donald J. Trump introduced then-72-year old Phil Ruffin, to Oleksandra Nikolayenko — like Melania Trump, a much younger former model. The couple were married in 2008 at Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump's private club in Palm Beach, Fla., with him as best man. The men's wives are quite close, Mr. Ruffin has said, “like peas in a pod.”
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