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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2760

The 21-year-old blue-eyed blonde from Russia is Miss World 2008

Johannesburg, 14 December, (News Agencies): Russia's Kseniya Sukhinova won the Miss World 2008 crown on Saturday in a glittering African-themed pageant where she outshone 108 other international beauties and pledged to "help people."Newly crowned Miss World Kseniya Sukhinova from Russia smiles after winning the Miss World contest in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008Newly crowned Miss World Kseniya Sukhinova from Russia smiles after winning the Miss World contest in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008

India's Parvathy Omanakuttan was adjudged the first runner-up at the Miss World pageant. The second runner up was Gabrielle Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago. The others in contention in the final five were Miss South Africa and Miss Angola.

The 21-year-old blue-eyed blonde beauty, Kseniya Sukhinova declared shortly before her win was announced that being nervous made her "feel stronger," takes over from Zhang Zi Lin of China to become the 58th Miss World.

"I think I can help people and I want to help people and today if I walk away with this crown I will do that," Sukhinova told judges through a translator after being asked why she should be crowned the winner.

Newly crowned Miss World Kseniya Sukhinova from Russia, center, sits with first princess Parvathy Omanakuttai from India, left, and second princess Gabrielle Walcott from Trinidad and Tobago, right, during the Miss World contest in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008.Hailing from Nizhnevartovsk in the north west of Siberia, Sukhinova was dressed in a purple gown, with a decorative neckline and flowing skirt.

She is a student pursuing an engineering degree from the Tyumen Oil and Gas University.-	Newly crowned Miss World Kseniya Sukhinova from Russia, center, sits with first princess Parvathy Omanakuttai from India, left, and second princess Gabrielle Walcott from Trinidad and Tobago, right, during the Miss World contest in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008.- Newly crowned Miss World Kseniya Sukhinova from Russia, center, sits with first princess Parvathy Omanakuttai from India, left, and second princess Gabrielle Walcott from Trinidad and Tobago, right, during the Miss World contest in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008.

Sukhinova becomes the second Miss Russia to win the global event after Julia Kourochkina took the crown in 1992.

In the meantime, India's Parvathy Omanakuttan wooed the crowd by greeting them in the Afrikaans language, spoken by many in South Africa. She also referred to heroes such as Mahatma Ghandi and South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela, who was also quoted by Trinidad and Tobago's Walcott as well.

India had high hopes on 21-year-old Parvathy to win the crown that last came to the country in 2000.

India boasts of Miss Worlds like Reita Faria (1966), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (1994), Diana Hayden (1997), Yukta Mookhey (1999) and Priyanka Chopra (2000)

- Asian Tribune –

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