the period of perestroika and glasnost did not only touch the political and economic life but also leads to the transformation of the culture of the country. In the spring of 1988, the first beauty contest of the Soviet Union made the entire country glued to their TV.
the first qualifying round of the contest.
it All started in 1987 when the newspaper MoskovskyKomsomolets held a contest for the readers the most beautiful woman. It was a huge success and the newspaper editor dreamed of staging something similar but on a much larger scale. They brought the idea to the Komsomol of Moscow (the Young Communist League Leninists All United) and a contest called “Beauty of Moscow” was born — funded by these organizations and sponsors, most of the Burda Moden. They decided to register all participants without considering the standard of beauty.
April 20, 1988. The contestants are waiting to appear.
the main problem facing the committee is not there who know how to present a beauty contest. The source of knowledge they even include consulting library books.
the Stage of selecting participants was held in Gorky Park. The manager of the Marina Parusnikova remembers that the line starts from the metro station, and there are only young girls but also women with children and husband. This process lasts for several months. In total, the organizers receive 2,500 profiles and choose 36 finalists.
Beauty Contest 88 Moscow.
the Final was held at the Palace of Sports in Luzhniki. There are three stages: on the catwalk with swimwear, national costume, and evening dress.
Maria Kalinina (student, 17 years) during the catwalk with swimwear.
Usually, in a competition like that, the participants wore a swimming costume that is identical, but in this contest, they all bring their own clothes allows the audience to enjoy one-piece swimsuits, and bikini flamboyant all colors.
Finalists of the Beauty Contest 88 Moscow.
The participants answered a question-the question of satire Mikhail Zadornov.
When the final stage arrives, there are only six beautiful women left. That’s when the problem began to increase. Parusnikova remembers, after the organizers decided to check the passport of the participants, they found some people were already married — which is contrary to the rules of the competition. Finalist Irina Suvorova not only have a husband, but also a child. He is not disqualified but should forget about the hope to win the crown.
among the six finalists, there is Oxana Fandera, 20 years, which has now become a famous actress. Although the judges love it, he has no chance to win the main prize, because he had just arrived in the city of Odessa and are not officially registered in Moscow, which is the other rules. However, Oxana ends up getting among the winners.
one of the participant’s favorite, Elena Durnyova — hampered by his family name, which in Russian means “not pretty”. So, the jury decided not to give her the title of queen of beauty Moscow first.
Participants of the Beauty contest 88 Moscow first.
the Beauty of the Soviet first “officially” recognized is a Muscovite Maria Kalinina. While talking to the journalists, he tells that the contestants have to provide their own clothes, so that their friends help collect suitable clothing, and only in the final course sponsors to organize their clothes.
Maria Kalinina, the winner of the Beauty contest 88 Moscow.
Mary became the model for Burda Moden and then sign up for acting school Hollywood. Expenses covered by some of the American retirees he met at an event at the White house. Now, Mary lives in Los Angeles and taught yoga.
Larisa Letichevskaya during the coronation ceremony on the Red square.
The second Contest the following year was won by students aged 20 years and members of the Komsomol, Larisa Litichevskyaya. Beauty contest the third and the last time was held in 1991, and although the contest was more professional, he drowned in the midst of many events that electrify in the country that year. If this is about the first beauty contest in the Soviet Union, how about the secret of their beauty? Yes, You need to know the beauty secrets of Russian women.