12 July 2009
Russian beauty to take part in Miss Universe pageant despite porn scandal
At the Miss Universe 2009 beauty pageant Russia is going to be represented by 18-year-old Sophia Rudyeva, in spite of her involvement in a child porn scandal.
Rudyeva won the Miss Russia pageant in March. But soon after she was crowned Russia’s most beautiful woman, an old erotic photo session featuring her appeared on the Internet.
The situation was especially controversial as at the time of the photo shooting, made for an international adult magazine, Rudyeva was only 15 years old, although she already possessed an enviable figure.
Organizers of the beauty pageant questioned the appropriateness of Sophia’s participation in the world beauty contest, saying that millions of girls worldwide look up to beauty pageant winners, and you can’t expect a child porn star to set a positive example.
Rudyeva responded to the debates in the media in an open letter, in which she apologized to everyone she had upset. She blamed dishonest managers and photographers for tricking her into the illegal photo shooting, and vowed that if she wins the Miss Universe title she will use her influence to prevent young and silly girl models from repeating her mistakes.
Controversy notwithstanding, Komsomolskaya Pravda daily reported Thursday that Rudyeva is going to the Bahamas in August to represent Russia at the Miss Universe contest.
“I am now getting ready for the contest,” she told the newspaper.
“I’ve been taking part in charity activities, took yoga, fitness and singing classes. I became the face of three world-famous brands, such as Philip Plein. I am very confident of myself.”