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Ksenia Sukhinova
Beauty pageant titleholder
Miss Russia 08 Ksenia Sukhinova.jpg
Birth name Ksenia Vladimirovna Sukhinova
Birthdate 26 August 1987 (1987-08-26) (age 22)
Birthplace Nizhnevartovsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Eye color Blue
Hair color Blond
Title(s) Miss Russia 2007
(Winner)
Miss World 2008
(Winner)
Miss World Top Model 2008
Miss World Europe 2008

Ksenia Vladimirovna Sukhinova (Russian: Ксе́ния Влади́мировна Сухи́нова; born August 26, 1987) is a Russian beauty queen who won the Miss Russia 2007 and Miss World 2008 pageants. She also appeared in all of the postcards that introduced every participating song in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

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Personal

Ksenia Sukhinova was born 1987 in Nizhnevartovsk, Russian SFSR.[1] She lives in Tyumen, Siberia, where she is a fifth-year student at the Tyumen State Oil and Gas University, studying cybernetic systems.[2] She has an excellent academic record; according to the university's deputy president Veronika Yefremova the discipline is very difficult, "but Sukhinova's grades are all A's and B's."[2]

Ksenia's measurements are 1.78m (5'10"), she has blonde hair and blue eyes. Her first name is often romanized Ksenya or Kseniya.[1] She is a big fan of sports, and has been doing calisthenics, swimming and biathlon since childhood.[3] Her favorite book is Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.[4] When asked a question about her private life, she confessed that her heart was "still free."[5]

Miss Russia 2007

Sukhinova won the 2007 Miss Russia pageant on December 14, 2007 in Moscow, where she represented Tyumen. She surpassed 50 other contestants from all over Russia. She was unable to represent Russia at Miss Universe 2008 due to her college work, so her 2nd runner-up, Vera Krasova, replaced her in the pageant. Vera placed as the 3rd runner-up to Venezuela's Dayana Mendoza.[6]

Miss World 2008

Ksenia Sukhinova during the coronation ceremony.

She was the Miss World 2008 Beach Beauty competition second runner-up, placing after Miss Mexico who was the eventual winner, and Miss South Africa, the first runner-up.[7] She won the Miss World Top Model competition on December 3, 2008.[8] Both her placements at the two first fast track competitions remind Zhang Zilin's successes at Miss World 2007.[9]

On December 13, Ksenia was crowned the new Miss World at the finals in Johannesburg, South Africa after beating 108 contestants.[10] The first runner up was India's Parvathy Omanakuttan and second runner up was Gabrielle Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago. She is the second Russian contestant to win Miss World, the first was Julia Kourotchkina in 1992. The finale was watched by 1 billion viewers from 187 countries.[10]

In a press conference after her victory, she said: "I am very glad to have brought this crown to Russia. I am proud that it is Russia that got the crown and I devote my victory to the whole country and to its every citizen... and to my grandmother."[4] She also said that she hoped to improve Russia's international image to show the world that a girl from Russia could personify kindness, beauty and happiness.[4] She says raising funds for charity will be one of her main tasks in 2009.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b "Ksenia Sukhinova of Russia is Miss World 2008". peoplestar.co.uk. 2008-12-14. http://www.peoplestar.co.uk/index.html?news=298. Retrieved 2008-12-21.  
  2. ^ a b "Russian Miss World praised by tutors at jubilant university". RIA Novosti. 2008-12-15. http://en.rian.ru/russia/20081215/118864704.html. Retrieved 2008-12-21.  
  3. ^ a b "Siberian beauty crowned Miss World". Russia Today. 2008-12-15. http://www.russiatoday.com/Top_News/2008-12-15/Siberian_beauty_crowned_Miss_World.html. Retrieved 2009-05-20.  
  4. ^ a b c "World’s most beautiful girl from Russia does not know how to spend her prize money". Pravda. 2008-12-18. http://english.pravda.ru/society/stories/18-12-2008/106847-miss_world_russia-0. Retrieved 2008-12-21.  
  5. ^ "Sukhinova happy to be home after winning Miss World crown". RIA Novosti. 2008-12-17. http://en.rian.ru/russia/20081217/118912242.html. Retrieved 2008-12-21.  
  6. ^ "Miss Universe 2008 Winners". IndiaServer. 2008-07-14. http://www.india-server.com/news/miss-universe-2008-winners-2323.html. Retrieved 2008-12-21.  
  7. ^ "Mexico wins Beach Beauty Fast Track". Global Beauties. 2008-11-29. http://www.globalbeauties.com/world/2008/n_bb.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-21.  
  8. ^ "Russia wins Top Model fast track". Global Beauties. 2008-12-03. http://www.globalbeauties.com/world/2008/n_top.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-21.  
  9. ^ "Russia wins Top Model fast track, paving the way for her victory". Global Beauties. 2008-12-03. http://globalbeauties.com/world/2008/blog/?p=281. Retrieved 2008-12-21.  
  10. ^ a b "Russia's Sukhinova wins Miss World 2008 title". RIA Novosti. 2008-12-14. http://en.rian.ru/russia/20081214/118849856.html. Retrieved 2008-12-21.  

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Preceded by
Tatiana Kotova
Miss Russia
2007
Succeeded by
Sofia Rudieva
Preceded by
Tatiana Kotova
Miss Russia World
2008
Succeeded by
Ksenia Shipilova
Preceded by
Zhang Zilin
Miss World
2008
Succeeded by
Kaiane Aldorino
Preceded by
Zhang Zilin
Miss World Top Model
2008
Succeeded by
Perla Beltrán
Preceded by
Annie Oliv
Miss World Europe
2008
Succeeded by
Kaiane Aldorino
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