Miss Russia abroad

Miss Russia abroad (on the magazine cover - Ariadna Gedeonova Miss Russia 1936)

Miss Russia abroad (on the magazine cover – Ariadna Gedeonova Miss Russia 1936)

First Miss Russia abroad was held in Paris in 1929. The contest was launched by the magazine of Russian emigration “Russia Illustrated’. The participants of beauty pageant – beautiful Russian girls from European countries were invited to participate in it. The contestants should be unmarried and decent, having moral qualities, dignity, and aged 16 to 25. The contestants were all immigrants from revolutionary Russia. Beautiful participants were accompanied by their mothers, fiances. First stage of the pageant included the appearance of all girls together, then separately, and the third stage – interview. The jury estimated three qualities – appearance, beauty of shapes and the overall impression. The competition itself was like a parade of brides for the choice of Tsar – modest and chaste.

Miss Russia abroad

Miss Russia 1930 contestants

The jury consisted of famous people – Alexander Benois, Ivan Bilibin, Konstantin Korovin, and director Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, writer Alexander Kuprin and others.

Miss Russia abroad

Valentina Osterman – Miss Russia 1929

Irina Levitskaya

Irina Levitskaya

Valentina Osterman, a native of Rostov, was the first crowned Miss Russia 1929, in Paris. Unfortunately she was disqualified for her German passport. First runner-up Irina Levitskaya succeeded her.

Miss Russia abroad

Miss Russia 1935 contestants

Participants in such contests were very popular in the world, they were invited to various events, their portraits adorned the covers of magazines and postcards.

Miss Russia crown

Miss Russia crown

Just like other pageants worldwide, Miss Russia was halted after the WWII broke out in 1939. Once again, the competition was revived only in 1989 and was called “Miss USSR”, held in Moscow. The competition broadcasted on the first channel for six hours, was a stunning success!

Irina Ventzel Miss Russia 1930

Irina Ventzel Miss Russia 1930

Irina Ventzel Miss Russia 1930

Irina Ventzel Miss Russia 1930

Marina Chaliapina Miss Russia 1931

Marina Chaliapina Miss Russia 1931

Marina Chaliapina Miss Russia 1931

Marina Chaliapina Miss Russia 1931

Marina Chaliapina Miss Russia 1931

Marina Chaliapina Miss Russia 1931

Nina Pohl Miss Russia 1932

Nina Pohl Miss Russia 1932

Tatiana Maslova Miss Europe 1933

Tatiana Maslova Miss Europe 1933

Tatiana Maslova Miss Europe 1933

Tatiana Maslova Miss Europe 1933

Tatiana Maslova Miss Europe 1933

Tatiana Maslova Miss Europe 1933

Tatiana Maslova Miss Europe 1933

Tatiana Maslova Miss Europe 1933

Ekaterina Antonova Miss Russia 1934

Ekaterina Antonova Miss Russia 1934

Ekaterina Antonova Miss Russia 1934

Ekaterina Antonova Miss Russia 1934

Ekaterina Antonova Miss Russia 1934

Ekaterina Antonova Miss Russia 1934

Ariadna Gedeonova Miss Russia 1936

Ariadna Gedeonova Miss Russia 1936

Ariadna Gedeonova Miss Russia 1936

Ariadna Gedeonova Miss Russia 1936

Irina Ilina Miss Russia 1937

Irina Ilina Miss Russia 1937

Miss Russia 1937

Miss Russia 1937

Evgenia Dashkevich Miss Russia 1938

Evgenia Dashkevich Miss Russia 1938

Evgenia Dashkevich Miss Russia 1938

Evgenia Dashkevich Miss Russia 1938

Irina Borodulina Miss Russia 1939

Irina Borodulina Miss Russia 1939

Irina Borodulina Miss Russia 1939

Irina Borodulina Miss Russia 1939

bride's choice of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich

bride’s choice of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich