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    MOSCOW, May 5 (RIA Novosti) - Natasha Nikolayeva, 18, a student from Rostov-on-Don, will represent Russia at Miss Universe contest in Thailand on May 31. Representatives of 83 countries will participate in the contest, Russian weekly Trud reports.

    At the age of eight Natasha came to a children's fashion theater where she studied plastic arts, acting technique and catwalk. Moreover, she practiced dancing, figure-skating and gymnastics. At the age of 12 Natasha joined the Image model agency. Three years later she won her first serious award. She became a finalist of the Rostov Beauty contest and won a tour to Paris.

    In 2002 she signed a contract and went to South Korea where she often worked on television. At the same time Natasha Nikolayeva was getting ready for final examinations at school and entrance examinations to the faculty of journalism of Rostov University.

    Natasha has no rich sponsors and achieves everything herself. She regularly attends a fitness center and keeps a diet. The girl is studying English and can speak Korean a little.

    Natasha seems to be born under a lucky star. Having visited the web site of Miss Universe, she decided to send her photographs. Two days later she was surprised to see that she was a favorite.

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