Lebanon’s Karen Ghrawi makes Miss Universe debut in Moscow

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Miss Lebanon 2013 Karen Ghrawi has got herself toned up and fit posing for a photo shoot at the Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Center ahead of the Miss Universe 2013 crowning night.

The 22-year old Lebanese beauty pageant titleholder will compete with the world’s beauties, including Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady, Miss Greece, Anastasia Sidiropoulou, Miss Gabon 2013, Jennifer Ondo and Miss Romania 2013, Roxana Andrei.

The beauties, between 18 and 27, have arrived at the Russian capital as the preliminary stage of the 62nd season of the beauty contest begins. The winner will be crowned on Nov. 9 and the event is expected to attract millions of viewers.

The contest that will be host by Mel B and Thomas Robert, as announced by NBC early October, will feature women from 86 different countries all bidding to be crowned Miss Universe 2013 .

The show will be staged in the Crocus City Hall and aired live on NBC, with a Spanish simulcast on Telemundo.

Donald Trump, owner of the competition, said the contest will be “one of the biggest and most beautiful Miss Universe events ever.”

“It is only fitting that the world’s most iconic and premier beauty contest will take place in Russia’s most premier venue, Crocus City Hall,” he added.

At the end of the most prestigious beauty pageant, Olivia Culpo, Miss USA 2012 and current holder of the title, will crown her successor.

Miss Universe 2013 will receive the crown and other prizes including a specific amount of money and services, as well as a luxury apartment in New York City for a period of one year.