Miss World 2008 (Revised Part I)
Left: Miss Russia World, Kseniya Sukhinova, winner Miss World 2008
Russian contestant Kseniya Sukhinova has won the Miss World 2008 competition at a ceremony in South Africa. Ksenia Sukhinova of Russia is declared as Miss World 2008 at Miss World pageant that took place on December 13th in Johannesburg, South Africa
She is a Russian model, winning the 2007 Miss Russia pageant on December 14 in Moscow, where she represented Tyumen. Kseniam a part of Siberia, surpassed 50 other contestants from all over Russia. She was unable to represent Russia at Miss Universe 2008 due to her college work.
The 2008 Miss World Festival -- a record breaking year in the number of contestants taking part -- has seen 109 beautiful and talented contestants spend an unforgettable month in South Africa. However, there could only be one winner and the applause rang out in the packed Convention Centre as Julia Morley, Chairman of the Miss World Organisation and of the international panel of judges, announced the winner`s name.
Kseniya Sukhoinova's smile spoke a thousand words to a worldwide TV audience of over 2 billion as she was crowned by last year`s Miss World, Zilin Zhang. First runner-up was India's Parvathay Omanakuttan followed by Trinidad and Tobago's Gabrielle Walcott as second runner-up.
Russia's Beauty Queen Kseniya
I am so happy to be here, I am so excited. It's amazing. I have experienced South African culture and everyday traditions.
The first runner-up, Miss India, Parvathy Omanakutta, grew up in the economic capital of India, Mumbai. Having graduated in Arts, Parvathy has studied Sociology, Psychology & English Literature, her ambition is to further her studies in Psychology to learn more about human behaviour in depth.
Leisure and sporting interests are: a special talent for whistling; listening to music; singing; reading; glass painting; basketball; badminton; swimming; acting; modelling: dancing (varying from local dances to learning ballroom and Latin dances); and learning new languages.
Best of all Parvathy loves her mothers cooking, but she does like to try different cuisines from all over the world. She is also very fond of a beautiful quote by a former President of India, Dr Abjul Kalam Dreams are not what you see in your sleep, but dreams are that, which do not allow you to sleep, hence her motto in life is Dream with your eyes open.
There is nothing like a first runner up or second runner up. Miss World is basically a British Concept. Miss Universe is an American Concept. While Miss Earth is (Pause) ...is about the EARTH. It consists of the EARTH (LOL) so, everyone of us is a winner. There are no runner ups.
Gabrielle comes from the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, with its amazing culture and natural beauty, which feature colorful tropical flowers and exotic wild life, azure waters and heavenly beaches.
Her dream is to become an actress; she has always loved the arts and has her first degree in Visual and Theatre Arts from the University of the West Indies. After that achievment she took a gap year to help finance her move to the Big Apple. Gabrielle then moved to New York to do post graduate studies in Acting and Theater Arts.
she is very proud to have been able to support herself and follow her heart. Gabrielle is currently one of Trinidad & Tobago`s Youth Ambassadors to the UN. Her sports and leisure interests include: equestrian show jumping; yoga; pilates; dance; fashion design and sewing; art; photography; theatre; piano; ballroom & Latin dance; swimming; First Aid (CPR/Life guard training); and has just started to learn Spanish. She has a deep appreciation for Trinidad and Tobago`s local cuisine: from roti, to shark and bake, to crab and dumplings, just to name a few. Her motto is "do unto others, as you would have them do unto you."
I am a great believer of: "you are what you eat." I have been a vegetarian since conception. While attending acting school in New York, I even tried the raw food diet. It was not easy, but I felt great! I also try to use organic beauty products especially, things that are grown in my garden like aloe. I am also, a huge fan of cocoa butter, vitamin A & E. Being from the Caribbean, I love the sun, sand and sea. I know from experience that a tan makes every woman look golden, the best pedicures come from walking on the beach and the salt water is the best natural hair product you will ever encounter.
Last yesr's winner in 2007, was Zi Lin Zhang, representing the People's Republic of China as Miss China World 2007. Zi Lin Zhang was born in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, in 1984 then moved to the capital, Beijing. She attended the University of Science and Technology Beijing and attained a Degree in Business Administration, and is now working as a fashion model.
In Miss World 2008 (Part II) or Deux, the ramifi- cations of social, poli- tical and eco- nomic dyna mics attached to beauty pageants will be explored. Are these contests merely a recomposition of innate human mating rituals or do they signify indelible facts concerning power relations and indicate unspoken truths about the commercialization of sex, gender and culture in particular as well as the human race in general?