Kyiv, September 2. The Final of the 26th contest "Miss Ukraine 2016" took place in the festive atmosphere of the International Center of Culture and Arts (The October Palace). Enjoying a warm early autumn evening the guests of the show were the first to learn the name of the girl who will be the "face" of our country and will represent Ukraine at the most prestigious international beauty contest "Miss World".
The total prize fund of the contest "Miss Ukraine 2016" has made 700 000 UAH!
The Organizing Committee of the contest "Miss Ukraine" has prepared a spectacular world-class performance about the natural beauty of women under the motto "Natural beauty – beauty of the future" from the best Ukrainian stage director Oleh Bodnarchuk. Nowadays the topic of a woman’s natural beauty is of current interest, and the problem of abuse of interference into the natural world of female beauty becomes more global. The final of the contest "Miss Ukraine 2016" has showed the genuine beauty of a woman in the harmony with nature. The stage of the Palace was covered with a natural oasis of a real grass carpet, fresh flowers and wheat ears, and it seemed that birds would just fly out of bushy fir trees. The effect of "naturalness" and purity was emphasized by a huge multimedia screen-curtain and daring design solutions. The full house reigned in the hall and the air was filled with wonderful atmosphere and intrigue. The contestants’ catwalk in stylized costumes of natural elements from the brand Enna Levoni, the catwalk in evening dresses from the brand AYSINA as a bird-woman with acrobatic stunts and breathtaking special effects made "Miss Ukraine 2016" the first and the most spectacular event of the fall season! Unexpected musical surprises impressed the audience by their performances and innovative approach. Tina Karol presented the premiere of her new song "Your sins" and Max Barsky performed his hit song "Let's Make Love" and presented the television premiere of the new single "Last Summer's Day." It has already become a tradition for the contest "Miss Ukraine" to open new names of artists. This year was no exception as a Ukrainian pop and dance-pop band PLAY presented their debut single "Want", which has already become a definite hit in social networks. The debut video for the song was directed by Alan Badoev. The final of the 26th contest "Miss Ukraine 2016" brought together on the red carpet a lot of public figures and celebrities.
The name of the winner was announced by the Executive Director of the National Committee of the contest Irina Kopanitsa and the crown was handed by the winner of "Miss Ukraine 2015" Christina Stoloka. The queens of the evening and the owners of prestigious titles were:
- Miss Ukraine 2016 – Aleksandra Kucherenko, 18, Dnipro
- Miss Ukraine International 2016 – Victoria Kiose, 23, Odesa
- Miss Ukraine Earth 2016 – Alena Belova, 21, Vinnytsa
All three winners got the right to represent our country at the finals of the international and most prestigious beauty contests. Miss Ukraine 2016 will represent Ukraine at the contest Miss World 2016 on 18 December in Washington DC, USA, Miss Ukraine International at Miss International 2016 on 27 October in Tokyo, Japan, and Miss Ukraine Earth at Miss Earth 2016 which will take place on 15 October in the Philippines.
Lucky 13, which Aleksandra Kucherenko had got at the draw, brought her the title of "Miss Ukraine 2016". The most beautiful Ukrainian woman – a second year student of the Faculty of Television and Film Arts of the Institute of Journalism of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv whose specialty is a television presenter. Sasha wants to be like her idol, an American television legend Oprah Winfrey. "I see my future and my vocation as a presenter of information and analytical programs, rather than comedy or entertainment" – Aleksandra Kucherenko shares her plans for future. The girl has been engaged in Latin American dancing of the ballroom-sport program since she was 5 and most of all she enjoys dancing alluring rumba. Another hobby of the winner is playing the piano as she finished a music school, the piano class, and Aleksandra’s favorite composer is Frederic Chopin. "That’s the first time I’m taking part in a beauty contest and I think that this victory is my first big victory in life. Standing on the stage among the finalists it all seemed to be a dream and I felt as if it wasn’t happening to me. Because of numerous rehearsals I had a feeling that we were still rehearsing and everything wasn’t real" – shares her impressions of the victory the winner.
Since the main purpose of the Organizing Committee of "Miss Ukraine" is popularization of Ukraine in the world, high performance and the victory in the contest "Miss World", the next stage of work of the whole team of the Organizing Committee will be the active preparation of the winner to participate in the international contest Miss World 2016 and three months of intense preparation for such an important event.
25 most beautiful Ukrainian women aged 17 to 24, selected from more than 15,000 contestants from different regions of Ukraine past multi-stage national casting, fought for the title and the crown of "Miss Ukraine 2016"."Initially we chose 50 contenders and after several stages of selection there were 25 participants left. Each of them prepared a social or charity project, which was presented as a real business plan in front of a special commission. Some of the suggested projects will be implemented by the Organizing Committee within the next year" – tells about the stages of selection the Executive Director of the National Competition Committee Irina Kopanitsa.
The jury of the contest included:
Oleg Verniaiev – Ukrainian gymnast, Olympic champion at Rio 2016 Olimpics
Vlada Litovchenko – public figure, model, "Miss Ukraine 1995", PhD in History
Vladimir Goryansky – People's Artist of Ukraine, film and theater actor
Alina Baykova – top model, businesswoman
Olga Vnukova – TV presenter, model, editor-in chief of "Most beautiful Ukrainian women"
Julia Aysina – designer, founder of the brand AYSINA
Dmitry Komarov – journalist, photographer, author and host of "World Inside Out" on 1+1 TV Channel
Andre Tan – fashion designer, inventor of Smart Couture style
Ana Varava – chief-editor of L'Officiel-Ukraine magazine
Elizabeth Chepel – casting director of the National Committee of Miss Ukraine
After several fashion shows six most beautiful girls were chosen and prizes were distributed as follows:
2nd Runner Up Miss Ukraine 2016 and the winner of the prize of 50 000 UAH – Valery Shatsky, 22, Donetsk Region.
1st Runner Up Miss Ukraine 2016 and the winner of the prize of 50 000 UAH – Buyanova Darina, 18, Kiev
Miss Ukraine International 2016 and the winner of the prize of 150 000 UAH – Victoria Kiose, 23, Odessa
Miss Ukraine Earth 2016 and the winner of the prize of 150 000 UAH – Alena Belova, 21, Vinnytsa
and the winner of the prestigious title of "Miss Ukraine 2016", the prize of 200 000 UAH –Aleksandra Kucherenko, 18, Dnipro.
Miss People's Choice 2016 (on the basis of SMS voting and online voting at www.missukraine.ua and www.jetsetter.ua) and the winner of the prize of 50 000 UAH – Alina Anel, 23, Chernivtsi. (7080 SMS votes)
Miss ONLINE 2016 and the winner of the prize of 50 000 UAH – Darina Buyanova, 18, Kiev (33,467 votes in the Internet voting)
Miss IV Seasons and the winner of the prize of 25 000 UAH from the sponsor – Alena Belova, 21, Vinnytsa
Miss NRJ and the owner of the certificate for the radio presenter training courses – Aleksandra Kucherenko, 18, Dnipro
Miss Mozgi bar and the owner of the certificate for recording a musical hit at Mozgi Production studio – Marina Leonova, 23, Chernigov
The musical program of the evening took place with the participation of Jamala, Tina Karol, Max Barsky, Monatik, Alloise, ALEKSEEV, PUR: PUR, PLAY and other stars.
The presenters of the show were Kateryna Osadcha and Yurii Gorbunov
Watch the Final of the contest "Miss Ukraine 2016" on 1 + 1 TV Channel
According to the decision of the new owner of "Miss Ukraine" Yury Ageev part of the proceeds from ticket sales will be transferred to the account of the Pediatric Department of Kyiv Heart Center by B. Todurov. The new owner of "Miss Ukraine" Yury Ageev following the example of Miss World has strengthened the emphasis on social and charitable activities of the national committee. Therefore, this year one of the main criteria for the selection of the girls is the development of their own social or charitable project, which deals with a crucial problem for society.
Official website: http://missukraine.ua/
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PARTNERS AND SPONSORS OF THE CONTEST "MISS UKRAINE 2016"
Diamond partner of the contest – Geraldo Diamond Club from the Jewelry brand Geraldo
The official floral partner of the contest "Miss Ukraine" – the flower’s house Dandelion
Exclusive partner of the contest "Miss Ukraine» - Christian Dior Parfums
Exclusive Partner Hand-made jewelry of the contest "Miss Ukraine» - Anais
Hospitable partner – Country hotel-restaurant complex "Four Seasons"
General transport partner – car rental company BLS
Chain stores of bijouterie and accessories Casablanca,
Chain stores of lingerie and swimwear Belle Femme,
European shoe brand Antonio Biaggi,
Makeup School by Irina Khomyakova MUA School,
Chain of beauty salons Olga Dikaya beauty salons,
Chain of manicure and pedicure studios Nail Cafe "Good Luck"
Schwarzkopf Professional & Indola,
Sports Club BodyArt fitness,
MozgiBar & Shop,
The club of elite tourism "Seventh Heaven"
dry cleaners chain "Lotus Premium"
TM Charodeyki byAlena Klepko,
Nikolay Tyshchenko Culinary School
About the contests
The National contest "Miss Ukraine" has been held annually since 1991. During these years the final of the National contest was one of the most exciting and spectacular events nationwide, took place on the main stages of the country at a high technical, cultural and organizational level, attracting attention and interest of millions of spectators and viewers. Over its 26-year history the contest "Miss Ukraine" has become a starting point for a lot of Ukrainian women who have achieved success and realized themselves thanks not only to the victory but also participation. Official website: www.missukraine.ua
Miss World is the biggest beauty contest, which has been held since 1951. TV audience of the grand final show covers more than 200 countries. Participants represent 120 countries. The main mission of the contest is the charitable initiative «Beauty with a purpose». Official website: www.missworld.com
Miss Earth is one of the most prestigious beauty pageants in the world, held under the auspices of the UN. The main mission of the contest is the earth preservation, environmental protection and wildlife conservation. Thus, all participants present their own international projects to improve the environmental situation both at the global and regional levels. The winner also becomes the representative of the United Nations in the development programs for the conservation of the human environment on the planet. The Philippine Islands were chosen as the venue of the contest due to its warm climate and lush tropical vegetation which makes the show especially memorable. For many visitors these islands seem a true paradise on Earth. Official website: www.missearth.tv
Miss International is the fourth largest beauty pageant in the world, which has been held since 1960. The main idea of this contest is "World festival of beauty." The contestants need to show the image of "Ambassadors of peace and beauty", to show compassion, kindness, friendliness, intelligence and, most importantly, an understanding of the cultures of other countries and peoples. The final task for the winner of the final of Miss International is to present a speech about the need for peace in the world. Miss International remains the only one among the Big Four contests in which the winner has never given up her title and has never been deprived of the crown. The charitable mission of the competition is to preserve peace in the world, helping children from poor families all over the world (through UNICEF programs and other organizations). The contest is held in Japan. Official website: www.miss-international.org