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Olesya Stefanko is First Runner Up for Miss Universe

13. September 2011 by Michelle 0 Comments

Last night, at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 89 women competed for the crown in the 60th Miss Universe pageant. Out of the five gorgeous girls from the former Soviet Union, one continued to make the cut as the finalists were announced.


Miss Ukraine Universe, 23-year-old Olesya Stefanko, looked stunning in every round. When it came down to the last interview question, Olesya was asked to choose anyone from history to trade places with. Her answer was Cleopatra, because she was strong and beautiful and shows that women can be powerful leaders.


The pageant was hosted by NBC Today anchor Natalie Morales and the Bravo network's Andy Cohen. The celebirty judges included journalist Connie Chung, supermodel Isabeli Fontana, Indy race car driver Helio Castroneves, actress Vivica A. Fox, business woman Adrienne Maloof, Miss Universe 2003 Amelia Vega and Philippine singer Lea Salonga.


Miss Angola and Miss Ukraine were the final two ladies standing, with Olesya being named the first runner up and Leila Lopes winning the crown. If Leila cannot fulfill her duties, Olesya will take over the position. For now, she plans on continuing her law studies in Odessa.