I am always convinced that politics plays a role in the selection of the finalists for some of our international beauty pageants. This is depressing and inevitable.
Miss Universe for instance is not an exception. How many times we have seen Ukraine in the Final 10? Many times since the former Miss Ukraine Oleksandra Nikolaenko acquired the franchise of the pageant effortlessly.
Connection is the answer for a beauty queen to enter the finals of a pageant. This is what I deduced from my readings.
In the case of Miss Ukraine, just take a look who attended the national pageant. So, don't tell me the national director is not associated with the Miss Universe Organization.
Christina Kots-Gotlib, 25-year-old model from Donetsk, wins Miss Ukraine Universe 2009 beauty pageant.
The judges at the Miss Ukraine Universe-2009 competition had a tough time selecting the country’s top beauty on Feb. 20. All 15 finalists were apparently gorgeous but the title went to 25-year-old Christina Kots-Gotlib, the only contestant with traditional 90-60-90 measurements. The title of Vice Miss Ukraine Universe went to Anastasia Paperna, the daughter of the famous Ukrainian actress Olga Sumska. The winner, Kots-Gotlib, was the oldest and most experienced contestant, and her self-assured presence on stage conquered the judges.
The judges included Oleksandra Nikolaenko, owner of the pageant and an ex-winner herself, actors Sergey Zhygunov and Svetlana Svetlichnaya, and son of billionaire Donald Trump, Eric Trump.
Last year’s winner of Miss Ukraine Universe Eleonora Massalab and Miss Universe 2008, Venezuelan Diana Mendoza, took part in the award ceremony, while Tina Karol, a Ukrainian singer, was one of many pop stars who entertained guests while contestants refreshed their makeup and changed for yet another stroll on the catwalk.
Apart from the title and the crown, the winner of the pageant gets the right to represent Ukraine in Miss Universe 2009, a worldwide pageant. She also received a Mercedes-Benz, a monthly stipend of $5,000 for a year, and a trip to Paris. Photos by Yaroslav Debelyi.
Christina Kots-Gotlib, 25, was born in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. From early childhood, she was interested in dancing, playing football and dismantling home appliances. She took on rhythmic gymnastics as a child and even had minor achievements in the sport.
The new Miss Ukraine-Universe started modeling while studying at the Donetsk Trade and Economy Institute. She won a dozen of local and national beauty contests, and then started a singing career in 2005 as a part of Ukrainian pop trio Via-GRA. Although her voice was mediocre, producers liked her for beauty and grace, and she stayed in the band for a few months.