22 February 2009

Miss Universe Ukraine Named; Vietnam may not be Represented in Misses World and Universe 2009

Via Gra ex-member named Miss Ukraine Universe

Former member of Via Gra girls’ band, Christina Kots-Gotlib, won Miss Ukraine Universe beauty pageant on Friday, Feb. 20. She will represent Ukraine at Miss Universe 2009.

Anastasia Paperna, the daughter of the famous Ukrainian actress Olga Sumska, was named First Vice-Miss.

15 girls competed for the title of Miss Ukraine Universe. Among the jury members where actors Sergey Zhygunov and Svetlana Svetlichnaya, owner of Miss Ukraine Universe beauty pageant Oleksandra Nikolayenko and son of billionaire Donald Trump, Eric Trump.

Vietnam may not join Miss World, Miss Universe 2009

Elite Vietnam has refused to repurchase the copyright to send Vietnamese candidates to the Miss World, Miss Universe 2009 pageants. This means that Vietnam may miss the two big beauty contests this year.

Elite Vietnam Managing Director Thuy Nga said the firm’s withdrawal was planned in 2008, and is not because it is afraid of the new strict rules issued by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on beauty contests.

Under the new rules, there will be only one national beauty contest, Mrs. Vietnam 2009. Other contests will be local-level events. Contestants at Miss World and Miss Universe must be winners of national contests.

“If we want, we can choose beauties from previous years. But this is not a good method. It’s time to solve the problem at its roots,” she said.

Miss Vietnam Global 2007 Ngo Phuong Lan, who refused twice to take part in the Miss World pageant, said that if she was invited to attend an international beauty contest in 2009, she would have to refuse because she is busy with a new job and new life in Vietnam.

The first runner-up of the Miss Universe Vietnam 2008, Hoang Yen, said she was willing to represent Vietnam at any international beauty contest.