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71st Miss Universe: Ukraine wins 'Spirit of Carnival' award

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Miss Universe Ukraine 2022 Viktoria Apanasenko received the "Spirit of Carnival" award during the 71st Miss Universe competition held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The award was presented to her by Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy "for embodying the company’s values of fun, friendship, diversity and inclusion." "Viktoria Apanasenko has made it her mission to remind us that the war is ongoing and people across Ukraine are working to support their military, as well as their neighbors affected by the war – especially those displaced from their homes," said Duffy. "I’m impressed by Viktoria’s strength and her kind and giving character which truly embodies the ‘Spirit of Carnival.' And through this recognition, we are also letting the people of Ukraine and especially our Ukrainian crew members know that we continue to support and admire their spirit as well." A short video of the award presentation was featured during the 71st Miss

71st Miss Universe: Miss USA R'Bonney Gabriel shares 'I stand with Ukraine'

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Miss USA R'Bonney Gabriel went to social media to share a photo with her fellow Miss Universe contestant from Ukraine and wrote "I stand with Ukraine" along with their countries' flag emojis in the caption. The beauty queens, who are now in New Orleans competing in the 71st Miss Universe pageant, posed for a photo while combining their hands to form a heart-shaped gesture. R'Bonney expressed: "I am mesmerized by the strength and beauty of my Universe sister [Viktoria Apanasenko]. I had a few moments to sit and talk with her about protecting human rights. I support her resiliency and am inspired by her heart." Miss Universe Ukraine first shared the same photo on her page and said, "Yesterday we did interview together about war in Ukraine, about human rights, about future, about our countries." "I’m so grateful USA for supporting Ukraine, and all people who help Ukrainians in this difficult time overcome evil and fight against it," she

Ukraine's Viktoria Apanasenko reveals national costume for 71st Miss Universe

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Miss Universe Ukraine 2022 Viktoria Apanasenko finally revealed her symbolic national costume for the 71st Miss Universe pageant. The "Warrior of Light" costume symbolizes her nation's fight against the darkness, like an archangel Michael with a sword protecting Ukraine. It was completed in four months of extreme conditions, to the sound of sirens, without electricity, and by candlelight. In addition to a weapon in her hand, the costume also features a monolithic jumpsuit that covers Viktoria's body like armor, a vyshyvanka-styled white dress with puffy sleeves and skirt with over 10 meters of fabric, a beautiful headpiece, and wings inspired by the colors of the Ukrainian flag. "It is the personification of inner strength, courage, determination and will flowing in our veins. War cannot break our strength and will not discolor our hearts. Ukraine will bloom like a phoenix even in a fire. It shines with bright rays of kindness and faith," Viktoria shared on

Applications now open for Miss Ukraine 2022 pageant

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The Miss Ukraine Committee has officially announced that applications for Miss Ukraine 2022 edition are now open. Ukrainian women living in any country who meet all the requirements of the pageant may submit their applications. For safety reasons, this year's casting will be held in two formats - online and offline. Details on the competition including the final date and format are yet to be announced but they will most likely be based on the security situation in the country. Every year, the contestants of Miss Ukraine engage themselves in various charitable initiatives, but this year due to the current situation in Ukraine, the pageant will focus on helping displaced children affected by the military action. According to the organizers, the next Miss Ukraine will represent the country at the Miss World pageant and will have an important mission to draw international attention and make all efforts to raise funds for the needs of Ukrainian children and tell the truth about armed co

Viktoria Apanasenko to represent Ukraine at Miss Universe 2022

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Due to the difficult situation in their country, the Miss Ukraine Universe Committee has decided to appoint Miss Ukraine Universe 2021 first runner-up Viktoria Apanasenko as Miss Ukraine Universe 2022. The 28-year-old professional model and volunteer from Chernihiv, who holds a degree in social work, succeeds last year's titleholder Anna Neplyah. She is expected to represent her country at the Miss Universe 2022 pageant, possibly later this year. Victoria took to social media to share her "shock was hard to put into words" when she received the news while volunteering. "It was a dream of my childhood. Probably the first time in all this time, I cried with happiness," she said. "During all the time of my volunteer work, looking into the eyes of our people, I saw incredible strength. And that motivates me to go fight for Miss Universe," she added. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Viktoria Apanasenko (@crystal.viktoria) Ph

Russia banned from participating in the Miss Supranational pageant

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Gerhard Partzutka Von Lipinski, president of the Miss Supranational pageant, has released an official statement that Russia has been banned from participating in the Poland-based international pageant. The Miss Supranational Organization made the decision to join the countries, sports federations, and cultural events around the world that imposed sanctions on Russia due to its ongoing invasion of Ukraine. "We will not accept a contestant from Russia as we cannot condone the actions of the Kremlin," the organization said in a statement posted on social media. Ukraine has been a very special part of the Supra family since Oksana Moria won its inaugural competition in 2009 in Płock, Poland. The 13th Miss Supranational edition is expected to be held this July, where the reigning queen Chanique Rabe of Namibia will crown her successor. Photo: Miss Supranational

#PrayforUkraine: Russia invades Ukraine, attacks rock major cities

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Following months of tensions, Russia has finally attacked Ukraine on Thursday morning with air and ground invasions rocking several major cities in the country. In a chilling message prior to the attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised address, "To anyone who would consider interfering from the outside - if you do, you will face consequences greater than any of you have faced in history." Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has already cut diplomatic ties with Moscow, declared martial law, and tweeted, "Russia has embarked on a path of evil, but Ukraine is defending itself and won’t give up its freedom." Important world leaders and organizations urged Russia to stop the invasion and choose a peaceful and diplomatic way of mitigating the conflict. Following the massive attacks, thousands of Ukrainian people tried to flee the country and the answer to what their future holds is yet unknown. Sanctions from Western countries and Japan were alrea

Miss Ukraine 2021 is Aleksandra Yaremchuk

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Aleksandra Yaremchuk was crowned Miss Ukraine 2021 in a glittering national competition held last October 21 in Kyiv. The 22-year-old professional dancer from Vinnytsia holds a degree in business management from University of Kyiv. She bested 24 other beauties to win her title. "An unforgettable day in my life, unsurpassed emotions. Thank you Miss Ukraine for this opportunity," she said. The new Miss Ukraine will represent her country at the 70th Miss World pageant in San Juan, Puerto Rico this December. Marina Litvin and Olga Shamrai were named Miss Earth Ukraine and Miss International Ukraine 2021, respectively. They will be sent to the international Miss Earth and Miss International competitions. Photos: Miss Ukraine / Міс Україна

Miss Ukraine Universe 2021 is Anna Neplyah

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Anna Neplyah was crowned Miss Ukraine Universe 2021 in a national competition held in Kyiv last Friday, October 15. The 27-year-old model succeeds Yelyzaveta Yastremska and will now represent Ukraine at the 70th Miss Universe pageant in Eilat, Israel this December. Victoria Apanasenko was the first runner-up while Diana Dudka and Nelya Popovich were respectively named Miss Charm Ukraine and Miss Eco International Ukraine 2021. "I want to become Miss Ukraine Universe to show by example to all the girls that everything is possible and everything is in our head. I want women to learn to love themselves and not deny their power in femininity," said the new Miss Ukraine Universe. Photo: Miss Ukraine Universe