First All-Union beauty contest "Miss USSR-1989": the secrets of the organization and the fate of the participants

• First All-Union competition of beauty "Miss USSR-1989": the secrets of the organization and the fate of the participants

27 years ago, the first All-Union competition of beauty "Miss USSR-1989", which became the 35 member of the victorious girls city, regional and regional competitions. At that time and for the organizers and for the models it was the first experience of events of this magnitude, and no one had a clear idea of ​​how things should happen. During the case, the set of curiosities.

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Contest winner Catherine Meshcheryakov, Julia and Anna Gorbunova Sukhanov

The very first in the Soviet Union was a competition "Moscow Beauty-1988", and a year later decided to hold a similar event in the Union scale. The competition was held from 19 to 21 May in the concert hall "Russia". They are allowed to participate, even schoolgirls of 16-17 years. The girls responded to questions which have already become standard for the cherished dream and even paraded in swimsuits - then this stage of the competition titled "Demonstration of beach ensembles."

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* Demonstration of beach ensembles *

The winner was 17-year-old Muscovite tenth-grader Julia Sukhanov, second place went to Anna Gorbunova from Zelenograd, the third - Catherine Meshcheriakova from Perm. For Julia, it was not the first contest - a year ago, she participated in the first Soviet beauty contest "Moscow Beauty-1988".

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* The winner of the Miss USSR Julia Sukhanova 1989 *

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Contestants in the concert hall * Russian *

Because these events were a novelty for Soviet television during the organization it happened to a lot of incidents and complications. Komsomol Central Committee came out against the idea of ​​a beauty contest. Producer Jury Kushnerov recalls: "I was even summoned to the Central Committee of the Party, questioning - and I'm going to do there? No help party bodies we did not have, so it is not needed in the long run. We did everything by instinct, trying something to borrow from modeling agencies. These three largest we asked - they who taught us how to select candidates who sift (immediately dropped to the qualifying rounds complete fools - it really did not want to shame in front of foreigners). "

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* * Miss Supermodel Echo Urbsallu from Estonia

To contest took place, producers had to negotiate with the bandits: "The only time we almost did not suffer from them, that when they came drunk to the boarding house for the girls. We want to have fun with them, "Where are the women have delivered?". Well, that candidates guarded Interior Ministry officers. They quickly removed their ", - says Kouchner.

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Contestants

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* Miss * Kinoshans Anna Portnaya

Then the Soviet audience first heard of the model parameters. Julia Suhanova them perfectly matched: height - 172 cm; weight - 55 kg, the volume of - 91-59-90. Participants evaluated the audience and jury members: Irina Skobtseva, Leonid Yakubovich and Ekaterina Maximova.

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Vice Miss Ekaterina Meshcheryakov and Miss USSR Julia Sukhanova 1989

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Yulia Sukhanova with singer Sting

Yulia Sukhanova after the victory went to the US and began a career model. She later went into business, and now heads the company, manufacturer of generators "mountain" of air. Years later, Julia recalls, "I had never considered herself beautiful. Since childhood, more than friends with the boys - loved to jump, run. And then sister learned that in Gorky Park held the girls set to participate in the contest ... I remember, I did not want to go - even cried. And prepare for the competition without much hope. And after the victory, I went to the States, where the model agency has offered me a job. Started advertising with yogurt and ice cream, and then entered into a contract with the American and Parisian agencies. At first it was very hard. Any gesture, especially any flaw was considered under a magnifying glass ... There were many reasons for tears. "

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Miss USSR Julia Sukhanova 1989 worked as model in the US

Many of the girls after taking part in a beauty contest successfully staged their own destiny. "Miss Kinoshans" Anna Portnaya did not wait for the promise of education at VGIK, but was engaged in the modeling business, and now works as image-maker. Elena Silin, which is represented in the competition Volgograd, became a model and married a wealthy Frenchman. The second runner-up Yekaterina Meshcheryakov as a prize to get a ticket to Paris. There, she signed a contract with a modeling agency, and even became the face of fragrance from Nina Ricci "L'Air du Temps". Today it is better known abroad than in his homeland.

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* The winner of the Miss USSR Julia Sukhanova 1989 *

Winner of "Moscow Beauty-1988" Masha Kalinina also gone abroad to America, which is home to this day.