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Miss Ukraine crowned first Vice-Miss Universe

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Sept. 13, 2011, 1:47 p.m. | None — by Alyona Zhuk

Alyona Zhuk

She’s the second most beautiful in the world but for native Ivano-Frankivsk and the rest of Ukraine, she is the one and only. Ukrainian 23-year-old brunette Olesya Stefanko was crowned first Vice-Miss Universe 2011 on Sept. 12 pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Leila Lopes, a 25-year-old from Angola, beat Stefanko on the 60th anniversary of the pageant.

After strutting in her pink bikini and a sumptuous white evening dress, Stefanko had to show off her brains as well. Asked which historical figure she admires the most, the former law student said she’d live the life of Cleopatra if she could. The Ukrainian beauty said that it would have been an honor to become just as wise, strong and beautiful as the Egyptian queen, who proved to the world that not only men can be leaders.

In the July interview with the Kyiv Post, Stefanko said that 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 Miss Ukraine-Universe 2011, who is in her fourth of six years studying at the Odesa Legal Academy. “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.”

The fragile brunette had all the typical sound bites needed to excel in the competition. She said beauty was not just about a perfectly-shaped nose or good genes, but also neatness, kindness and looking after oneself.

However, a couple of days before the contest Stefanko wasn’t as confident. She had a nervous breakdown, said Anna Filimonova, the head of the “Miss Ukraine Universe” contest in comments to Gazeta.ua.

“Olesya was tired and fell for the girlie gossip that she won’t win,” said Filimonova.

And yet she did, well, nearly.
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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 4:17 p.m.    

Dear Alyona...There is no such thing as a "Vice-Miss Universe". Olesya is the "first runner up" to Miss Universe. As the first runner-up, Olesya is positioned to take the Miss Universe crown should the winner, Leila Lopes, not be able to fulfill her duties at any point during the coming year. Olesya was not "crowned" -- only the winner was crowned. And did Olesya really "strut" in her pink bikini? Strutting suggests an attitude, and a not very nice one. Maybe "sashayed" would work better as a way to describe how she walked.

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 5:10 p.m.    

She needs to Go back to school &amp; learn her own language. Even primitive Africans can speak the language of their country! Our brainless beauty can only grunt in Russian!

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 7:53 p.m.    

She did present herself nicely in every manner. However, for Ukrainians it would have been nice to hear her respond in Ukrainian. Possibly the interpreter did not speak Ukrainian. Regardless, this just reinforces the attitude (especially kids who may use her as a role model) that it's okay to speak in Russian at the expense of your true native language. I hope she somehow makes up for this miscalculation.

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 9:06 p.m.    

you have to stick your nose with the language issue even here! Godddddddddddddddd!

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 9:23 p.m.    

The native language of a country defines a country. Russian is not native to Ukraine but inflicted on Ukraine.

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 10:39 p.m.    

But Russian is an international language.

Ukrainian is more concentrated on the rural areas.

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 10:58 p.m.    

duh , english is international lahguage

russian is not international language by any standard except the kremlin goons

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 11 p.m.    

check your spelling and grammar please mr international

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 11:14 p.m.    

Duh, mr should end in a period like mr. stoopid

Thank you mr. , russian speaking only because too stupid to learn how to speak ukrainian ,azarov

Obviously ukrainian is way too intellectual of a language for people in Ukraine to learn who live there and who don't have more than half a brain

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 11:28 p.m.    

so embarrassing that comment 23:14

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 11:59 p.m.    

Not half as embarrassing as Ukrainians all over the world felt when Miss Ukraine (Little Russia) set them back decades by making them look like the most inferiority complex laden people in the world when she lacked any pride in her own native country's culture and heritage by not uttering a single word in Ukrainian on the world stage.

Her ancestors would be sooo proud.

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Anonymous Sept. 14, 2011, 9:54 p.m.    

International language! Are you for real! International where? In the Former Soviet Union because it was force fed on them. The people of the Warsaw Pact nations were forced to learn Russian and they did their best to blow it off. You are a real shitbag!

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 9:31 p.m.    

Thank you PM Azarov.

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 9:08 p.m.    

This was a shameful example of a Little Russian princess who can't answer one question in Ukrainian , her native country's official language.

If someone young who is Ukrainian from a city like Ivano Frankivsk is too stupid to learn Ukrainian or ashamed to speak Ukrainian on TV she should not represnt Ukraine on the world stage. Period.

I am sure there are lots of other beautiful girls from Ukraine who have some pride in their Ukrainian heritage and would exhibit it on stage and make thier countrymen proud, and not feel like inferior little russians..

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 9:21 p.m.    

I too was disappointed about the language issue. I assumed she must have come from eastern Ukraina. Maybe she is a little russian princess living in Frankivsk or perhaps there were no Ukrainian interpreters around. In any case, representing Ukraine on the world stage should have required the natural Ukrainian language not the borrowed language of a previous foreign occupier.

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 10:36 p.m.    

Excuse me.

It is FRANKOWSK.

The author's name was FRANK-O, not FRank-I.

Iwan Frank-o.

Easy like that.

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Anonymous Sept. 14, 2011, 1:12 a.m.    

You are a fine example of Russian arrogant behavior, telling Ukrainians how to spell and pronounce their city's name.

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Anonymous Sept. 14, 2011, 8:46 a.m.    

nonsense

the man was Franko, not Franki

eod

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 10:35 p.m.    

Of course she was ashamed to use Ukrainian which she normally perfectly speaks. Do you really expect from a young woman in an international contest to utter something in this strange and ugly sounding vernacular ?

Now come on.

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 9:28 p.m.    

Not having a ukrainian interpreter around would be inexcusable for Miss Universe competition -

I am sure the Russians, French, or Italians whould consider it an national outrage on the front page of their media if this was the case for their contestants.

In little russia/Ukraine this is unfortunately all normalno for people with inferiority complexes that know no limits.

Not speaking Ukrainian likely cost her the miss universe crown as Ukrainian is a much more melodic language than foreign russian, for the judges to listen to.

Hope she remembers that for the rest of her life -- when you embarass your country and its citizens you usually lose out too.

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 10:38 p.m.    

much more melodic ?

are you kidding ?

Ukrainian is one of the ugliest dialects in Eastern Europe.

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Anonymous Sept. 14, 2011, 9:50 p.m.    

You are a real character for an asshole!

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 10:56 p.m.    

Thank you Prezidyent Yanukovych and Meester Putin and Meeneester Tabachnyk

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 10:58 p.m.    

trying to be &quot;melodic&quot; ?

hahahahahahahahah !

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 11:10 p.m.    

your english is pretty good for a little russian/kremlin stooge

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Anonymous Sept. 13, 2011, 11:43 p.m.    

Instead she spoke in another country's tongue, Russian which to many Ukrainians is repugnant. If you know personally that she speaks Ukrainian perfectly and you find it so revolting go to Moscow. There your ugly step mother will be free to take good care of you.

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Anonymous Sept. 14, 2011, 3:29 p.m.    

One day Miss Universe Runner Up, next day mail order bride.

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Anonymous Sept. 14, 2011, 6:28 p.m.    

What a ridiculous discussion about an equally ridiculous, shameful and exploitative practice -- beauty pageants. As for some of the discussion participants getting their underwear in a bundle about the Ukrainian language, get over yourselves you small minded people. You may call it whatever you like, a dialect, a narechye, but hello!!!! despite centuries of persecution (er, Russian, of course) it has survived and it is growing and it is beautiful and mellifluous (run to the dictionaries you smarty pants commentators and look up that word)and it will continue to grow and thrive. As for poor old Ms. Stefanko, well, rocket scientists don't enter beauty contests, do they? Hence her choice of language.

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Anonymous Sept. 14, 2011, 6:48 p.m.    

Thanks - if you wrote this same comment directed to

Italians, Germans, Russians, French you would have an unforgivable and unacceptable national scandal on your hands.

Don't know what your nationaity is, hope you don't feel such an inferiority complex about your own heritage as you tell the Ukrainians to feel.

Ms Stefanko is not old ,and here is the problem that today's ukrainian youth are so brainwashed they can't even respect their own nation when representing it.

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Anonymous Sept. 14, 2011, 7:30 p.m.    

Dear Guest,

My nationality is of no consequence to this discussion, but your knowledge of English is. You simply did not understand anything I wrote.

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Anonymous Sept. 14, 2011, 7:47 p.m.    

Thanks.

I did understand.

When you are a native of Ivano Frankivsk like claimed about Ms. Stefanko , and you represent Ukraine and its people there is no &quot;choice&quot; on language and she should have some clue on language politics - particularly using Russian which is not an international language used in Brazil.

You should not insult her on her brains not being a rocket scientist which is dumb comment --

this woman claims to be in LAW school and is studying in ukrainian language her whole young life, and should be able to figure out 2 sentences in ukrainian for the beauty pageant.

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Anonymous Sept. 15, 2011, 11:56 a.m.    

Beauty Pageants are not shameful.... Allowing your women to be lost to Prostitution and the white slavery industry in this modern world is shameful....

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Anonymous Sept. 15, 2011, 11:59 a.m.    

Church and state do nothing to resolve this tragedy of white slavery prostitution the mafias consisting of Muslims and Jews are continuing their age old business .... livestock walks to the slaughter house or in this case whore house(s) .... this is shameful

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