This year’s Miss Russia beauty competition has ended successfully, despite a series of scandals which overshadowed proceedings.
The discovery of photographs of some of the contestants posing nude plus a sex tape involving others led to several disqualifications.
Eighteen-year old Elmira Abdrazakova, a student from the Siberian Railways University won the title.
A native of Siberian city of Mezhdurechensk, Abdrazakova said she did not expect to take first place: “It’s a miracle that I can’t even believe.”
She also overcame the handicap of not being used to walking in high heels: “For me, the most difficult part, probably, is the heels, because I’m not a professional model, and I have never seriously walked in heels. And in my life, unfortunately, I didn’t wear heels. And now, my legs are aching. It’s a terrible thing.”
She will have to get used to them as she now goes on to represent Russia in the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants.