Russian Miss World 2009 contestant Ksenia Shipilova

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Ksenia Shipilova, runner-up in the Miss Russia 2009 beauty pageant, will now represent Russia at the Miss World 2009 contest in Johannesburg on December 12.

 

Ksenia Shipilova, runner-up in the Miss Russia 2009 beauty pageant, will now represent Russia at the Miss World 2009 contest in Johannesburg on December 12.

 

© RIA Novosti . Ekaterina Chesnokova

Ksenia Shipilova, runner-up in the Miss Russia 2009 beauty pageant, will now represent Russia at the Miss World 2009 contest in Johannesburg on December 12.

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Ksenia Shipilova, runner-up in the Miss Russia 2009 beauty pageant, will now represent Russia at the Miss World 2009 contest in Johannesburg on December 12.

© RIA Novosti . Ekaterina Chesnokova

Shipilova is optimistic about her chances and would like to repeat the success of Ksenia Sukhinova, who was crowned Miss World in 2008.

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Shipilova is optimistic about her chances and would like to repeat the success of Ksenia Sukhinova, who was crowned Miss World in 2008.

© Miss Russia National Beauty Contest

“I’m afraid I’ll have to disappoint those who think that competing in a world beauty contest is relaxing and entertaining. It’s nothing of this kind!” says Ksenia Shipilova.

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“I’m afraid I’ll have to disappoint those who think that competing in a world beauty contest is relaxing and entertaining. It’s nothing of this kind!” says Ksenia Shipilova.

© Miss Russia National Beauty Contest

“We get up at six or seven, do our make up and put smiles on our faces, and then away we go! Every day the girls do a huge number of photo sessions, preliminary stage appearances, charity gala dinners, auctions and other events,” said Ksenia Shipilova, the 2009 runner-up in the Miss Russia pageant, second from the left.

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“We get up at six or seven, do our make up and put smiles on our faces, and then away we go! Every day the girls do a huge number of photo sessions, preliminary stage appearances, charity gala dinners, auctions and other events,” said Ksenia Shipilova, the 2009 runner-up in the Miss Russia pageant, second from the left.

© Miss Russia National Beauty Contest

Slava Zaitsev is Ksenia Shipilova’s official fashion designer for Miss World 2009. “He designed a [Russian] national costume for me with luxurious felt boots, a fur coat and a flashy hat. I look like Snegurochka [a character from Russian fairy tales, sometimes translated as Snow Maiden] in this outfit,” said Shipilova.

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Slava Zaitsev is Ksenia Shipilova’s official fashion designer for Miss World 2009. “He designed a [Russian] national costume for me with luxurious felt boots, a fur coat and a flashy hat. I look like Snegurochka [a character from Russian fairy tales, sometimes translated as Snow Maiden] in this outfit,” said Shipilova.

© Miss Russia National Beauty Contest

The protocol for international pageants requires contestants to appear in many different evening and cocktail dresses. The Russian contestant will take “more than ten” dresses from home.

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The protocol for international pageants requires contestants to appear in many different evening and cocktail dresses. The Russian contestant will take “more than ten” dresses from home.

© Miss Russia National Beauty Contest

Ksenia Shipilova was born on January 11, 1991 in the town of Belgrad in the Odessa Region. She is currently a student at the Ivanovo Textile Academy.

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Ksenia Shipilova was born on January 11, 1991 in the town of Belgrad in the Odessa Region. She is currently a student at the Ivanovo Textile Academy.

© Miss Russia National Beauty Contest

Shipilova has dreamt of competing in the Miss Russia pageant since childhood. “For me, it was a heavenly fairy-tale with a glorious final. I empathized with the contestants and certainly wanted to be in their shoes, surrounded by bright lights and TV cameras and wearing a magnificent gown. My parents have always tried to talk me out of it though.”

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Shipilova has dreamt of competing in the Miss Russia pageant since childhood. “For me, it was a heavenly fairy-tale with a glorious final. I empathized with the contestants and certainly wanted to be in their shoes, surrounded by bright lights and TV cameras and wearing a magnificent gown. My parents have always tried to talk me out of it though.”

© Miss Russia National Beauty Contest

Ksenia Shipilova has been swimming and singing since she was three years old.

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Ksenia Shipilova has been swimming and singing since she was three years old.

© Miss Russia National Beauty Contest

At 14, Ksenia Shipilova finished music school, graduating with honors. At 16 and 17, she headed her town’s junior government. Shipilova enjoys alpine skiing, riding on quad-bikes, fitness and yoga. She also loves to read, especially verses by Anna Akhmatova.

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At 14, Ksenia Shipilova finished music school, graduating with honors. At 16 and 17, she headed her town’s junior government. Shipilova enjoys alpine skiing, riding on quad-bikes, fitness and yoga. She also loves to read, especially verses by Anna Akhmatova.

© Miss Russia National Beauty Contest

Ksenia Shipilova said confidently, “I am optimistic about my chances. Last year Ksenia Sukhinova was crowned Miss World, and I would like to repeat her success. In addition, competition develops willpower, stamina and patience, which I have already had a feel for.”

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Ksenia Shipilova said confidently, “I am optimistic about my chances. Last year Ksenia Sukhinova was crowned Miss World, and I would like to repeat her success. In addition, competition develops willpower, stamina and patience, which I have already had a feel for.”

© Miss Russia National Beauty Contest

According to the Miss World 2009 challenger from Russia, a lot of contestants are amazingly charming and appealing. Ksenia Shipilova, right.

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According to the Miss World 2009 challenger from Russia, a lot of contestants are amazingly charming and appealing. Ksenia Shipilova, right.

© Miss Russia National Beauty Contest

At the same time, Ksenia Shipilova admits that contestants from Latin America are more aggressive and determined: They are high-spirited and you can sense a tremendous desire to win in them. Ksenia Shipilova, left.

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At the same time, Ksenia Shipilova admits that contestants from Latin America are more aggressive and determined: They are high-spirited and you can sense a tremendous desire to win in them. Ksenia Shipilova, left.

© Miss Russia National Beauty Contest

According to Ksenia Shipilova, in preparation for the pageant she attended classes to practice walking on the catwalk, her acting and public speaking skills, and English.

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According to Ksenia Shipilova, in preparation for the pageant she attended classes to practice walking on the catwalk, her acting and public speaking skills, and English.

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