Miss Universe Ukraine 2023 is Angelina Usanova

Following a series of online screenings and interviews, Angelina Usanova has been selected and officially announced on Thursday, August 17 as Miss Universe Ukraine 2023.

The 26-year-old musician, songwriter, and yoga master from Kyiv will now prepare to represent Ukraine at the 72nd Miss Universe (Miss Universe 2023) to be held in El Salvador this November.

She succeeds last year's titleholder, Viktoria Apanasenko, who was awarded Best in National Costume for her awe-inspiring "Warrior of Light" costume during the 71st Miss Universe pageant in New Orleans last January.

Due to the ongoing armed conflict situation in Ukraine, the Miss Ukraine Universe committee decided not to hold a physical competition and resorted to an online search for the country's next representative on the prestigious international stage.

According to the national organization, the new Miss Universe Ukraine has been actively involved in humanitarian work since the beginning of a "full-scale invasion" of Ukraine.

"Angelina has held charity concerts to raise funds for humanitarian aid, organized housing for Ukrainian refugees in Europe, provided moral support to war victims with the help of yoga, meditation, and sound healing, collected and transferred funds for the purchase of cars to the front for of the 'Quick Evacuation' project."

An official crowning ceremony is expected to take place in Kyiv later this month. She is currently in the United States to prepare for the upcoming Miss Universe pageant.

Photos: Fadil Berisha, Miss Ukraine Universe / Instagram

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