Miss Russia 2014 crowned amid country tension
Majored in math and physics, Miss Russia Yulia Alipova has beauty and brains
While officials in Moscow are contemplating a possible incursion of its neighboring country, Ukraine, the other side of the city is preoccupied with naming Miss Russia of 2014.
Yulia Alipova, a Balakovo native, beat out 50 other contestants to take home first place in the Miss Russia beauty pageant on Saturday, reported news site Voice of Russia.
The gold gem-studded crown came with some other generous gifts including $100,000 cash prize and a Hyundai Solaris car.
The 23-year-old will represent her controversial country at the Miss World contest in the United Kingdom and Miss Universe pageant set to take place in Brazil this year.
Majored in math and physics
The brown hair, green-eyed winner also proved she had brains to go with her beauty. Graduating cum laudae with a major in math and physics, the multi-talented Alipova also received the highest score possible for a Russian language graduation exam.
The pageant queen continued her studies at the Moscow Power Engineering University. She is now a heat power engineer and certified Russian-English interpreter.
The first and second runner-ups at the gala are Anastasia Reshetova from Moscow and Anastaia Kostenko from Rostovskaya.
50 girls took part in the finale that was held at the Barvikha Luxury Village concert hall near Moscow.
The pageant has been running since 1992. Russia has won three major international tities: Miss World 1992, Miss Universe 2002, later dethroned, and Miss World 2008.