Saturday, August 8, 2009

Miss Universe 2009 Contestants: Sofia Rudyeva

Miss Universe 2009 Contestant Sofia Rudyeva
MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT, originally uploaded by tommy188.

Sofia Rudyeva, Miss Russia 2009, poses in her swimsuit by BSC Swimwear, during the 2009 Miss Universe competition at ATLANTIS, Paradise Island, Bahamas on Friday, August 7, 2009.

The 18-year-old model from St. Petersburg Sofia Rudyeva won Miss Russia 2009 beauty contest in which Miss Universe 2008, Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela, and Miss World 2008, Ksenia Sukhinova of Russia, attended the ceremony as guests of honor. Sofia Rudyeva is representing Russia at the Miss World beauty pageant to be held in August, 2009, in the Bahamas. She was awarded with a $100,000 prize on wining the title Miss Russia 2009 and she said she would spend most of her prize money to charity, for helping homeless animals.

Sofia Rudyeva, who was born in 1990 in Saint Petersburg to a family of artists, has been a professional model for several years and she took part in a number of professional fashion shows.

Sofia, being asked about the unique characteristics of Russian women, said "I strongly believe that Russian women are strong in spirit. They can be both very strong and energetic on the one hand and tender and sweet wives and caring mothers, on the other. The Russian mother is the best in the world."

Russia has 3 major international pageants winners: Miss World 1992, Miss Universe 2002 and Miss World 2008. Miss Russia 2007 Ksenia Sukhinova was declared Miss World 2008 at the grand finale in Johannesburg on 13th December, 2008.

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