Girl from Sverdlovsk Region Wins ‘Miss Russia-2017’ Pageant

PHOTO by Yekaterina Chesnokova / RIA Novosti

Polina Popova from the Sverdlovsk Region was named the winner of “Miss Russia” 2017 beauty pageant, the TASS news agency reported on Sunday.

The winner was awarded a white gold crown decorated with diamonds and pearls worth more than $1 million. Polina Popova also received a cash prize of three million roubles ($53,100) and a brand new vehicle. A victory in the national pageant gives her the right to represent Russia at the “Miss World” and “Miss Universe” contests.

Polina Popova is only 21 years old. Among her interests is the Chinese language. “I studied Chinese. I wanted to enter [university] in China, but my plans have changed at the moment,” she said.

According to Popova, she may continue studying Chinese, but she plans to receive her education at Moscow State University. “Russia is the best place to live; it’s the best place for the future, for the family and children,” Popova added.

Her other hobbies include tennis and cooking and favorite book is “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell. The winner of the most prestigious pagent in Russia said that she does not intend to spend her cash prize yet. “I've worked in Asia, Europe and recently came back from America. I’m a top model and I earn good money,” Miss Russia-2017 explained.

The finals of the pageant were held in the concert hall of Barvikha Luxury Village with 50 representatives of Russian regions taking part. Contenders from Syktyvkar and Sakhalin regions joined the competition for the first time.

The first ever “Miss Russia” pageant was held in 1927 and was taking place in Paris, France until 1939. In 1941, with the beginning of the World War II, the contest was abolished and revived again only in 1989. Since then, it is annually held in Moscow (under the title "Miss USSR" till 1991).