But there’s more to this 22-year-old legal student than meets the eye. As a teenager, her dream was not, as beauty contestants often claim, to save children or heal the world, but to put criminals in their place as a prosecutor.
“I dreamed of being a prosecutor,” said Stefanko, who is in her fourth of six years studying at the Odesa Legal Academy, in an interview. “But then I spent some time at the prosecutor’s office as an intern and realized that this isn’t work for women. Legal practice is better.”
After winning the national beauty crown in December last year, Stefanko will head off to Brazil for the Miss Universe contest on Sept. 12.