Miss Utah 2009, Bulgarian-born Laura Kirilova Chukanov is one of the contestants in the Miss USA 2009 contest, the official website of the competition said.
She was born in Sofia on June 5 1986. Chukanov and her family immigrated to the US shortly after Bulgaria's transition to democracy began in 1990.
The Miss Utah 2009 contest website says the family left Bulgaria "when her father’s career in alternative energy research blossomed".
Chukanov speaks English, Bulgarian, and Spanish and is competent in Russian.
She is currently a senior at the University of Utah majoring in International Studies and doing minors in Leadership Studies and Art History. After her year as Miss Utah 2009, she intends pursuing a Masters Degree in Art Management.
Among other social activities Chukanov has served as a volunteer at a Navajo reservation. She has dual American and Bulgarian citizenship.