Oxana Fedorova the day after she was crowned Miss Universe 2002
Justine Pasek of Panama replaced Oxana
Oxana Fedorova inarguably ranks high as one of the most beautiful faces – if not the most beautiful – to be ever crowned Miss Universe. And as the first Russian winner of the title, it must have really been a big honor to her countrymen. But it was a fairy tale that did not have a happy ending. Barely four months after her victory, she had to be terminated for not being able to fulfill her duties. Her first runner-up – Justine Pasek of Panama – took over.
Let’s watch the 2002 Finals to reminisce her dominance during this edition.
UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 24: Donald Trump places the crown on the head of Justine Pasek as she takes on the title of Miss Universe at Trump Tower. Pasek, the former Miss Panama, who finished second in the Miss Universe contest, assumed the title when Oxana Fedorova, a Russian, was deposed from the throne. Trump, who co-owns the pageant with NBC, said the Russian glamour girl fell down on the job since being crowned in May. “She just wasn’t able to fulfill her duties,” Trump said. (Photo by Keith Torrie/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
According to MUO President Paula Shugart in this news article by CBS News:
“She needed to spend a lot of time in Russia,” Shugart said in a broadcast interview. “I believe her mother was ill at one point.”
When asked about reports that Fedorova was fired because she was married or pregnant, Shugart said, “No, I honestly have no idea where any of that came from.” Miss Universe cannot be married or have children, according to pageant rules.
Fedorova, a police lieutenant pursuing a graduate law degree at St. Petersburg’s Police Academy, denied she had been fired and said she gave up the title herself.
“The duties of a world beauty are wonderful. However, my prime goal is my studies and career in Russia,” Fedorova told RTR state television. “I know I will remain Miss Universe for Russian citizens and for myself.”
She, too, denied she was married or pregnant.
As far as the other highlights of her professional life are concerned, Oxana is the founder of her own fashion line, Oksana Fedorova Design Studio, which debuted its fall collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia last 2016. She also pursued a film, music and television career that included being a voice actress in animated US movies – such as Toy Story 3 and Tinker Bell – that were dubbed for the Russian audience.
Miss Universe 2002, Russian Oxana Fedorova (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere overlooking the Eiffel Tower from her balcony at the Hotel Marignan Champs-Elysses
When Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere returned home to Paris middle of last week, it was kind of symbolic as she is also bringing back the crown last won by Christiane Martel of France some 64 years ago. In the same light, she also did the same for the entire continent of Europe since the last time was in 2001 with Oxana Fedorova of Russia – but a short-lived reign at that since she was stripped of the title. So if we really had to cite a completed reign, that would have to be Mona Grudt of Norway last 1990.
Anyways, Iris is thrilled to be back in France. And you can definitely see her excitement in the three videos below. Please watch.
The first is from her Homecoming Press Conference
courtesy of Hot Topics
Now this is her first guesting on French TV with host Jean-Pierre Pernaut
courtesy of Le Meilleur de la Télévision
And lastly, here is Iris during an interview with Europe1
courtesy of Europe1
Iris walking the side streets of Paris for a photoshoot
The Miss Universe Homecoming in Iris Mittenaere’s native Lille
If we are to consult the list of Miss Universe titleholders, it’s not hard to tell which continent has not claimed the crown for the longest time now.
– North America is the most recent with Olivia Culpo winning last year in Vegas and Ximena Navarrete in 2010, also in Sin City.
– Africa is the next recent with Leila Lopes wresting the title back in 2011.
– South America’s last winner was Stefania Fernandez who was elected in the Bahamas last 2009, with her fellow Venezuelan Dayana Mendoza also topping the 2008 edition.
– Asia comes in next with Riyo Mori of Japan defeating all delegates during Miss Universe 2007.
– The Carribbean’s latest was 2006 in Los Angeles. That was the time Zuleyka Rivera captured top honors.
– As the world’s largest nation-continent, Australia grabbed their latest crown in 2004 with Jennifer Hawkins.
– Europe is the cellar-dweller when Oxana Fedorova of Russia was proclaimed winner in 2002. That victory wasn’t fully consummated, though, after she was dethroned and Justine Pasek took over. So in terms of full reign, Mona Grudt of Norway was the last European to complete one year.
So what’s the sense in all this?
Simple. Continent-wise, it is high time for Europe to win Miss Universe once more. And with Moscow hosting the current competition (the last – and only other European host was in 1973 when Athens led and our Margarita Moran won), don’t you think they rightfully deserve to snatch the Diamond Nexus Lab diadem? Or are you of the leaning that Miss Philippines Ariella Arida should be the one, being that the country’s last win was also in Europe?
One of the most beautiful pre-arrival faces in Miss Universe 2013 has already lost the competition even before she could take the flight to Moscow.
Mirjeta Shala, Miss Universe Kosovo 2013, won’t be participating in the pageant after all. Host Russia does not recognize Kosovo as an independent. Hence, their delegate will not be able to enter Moscow.
This is sad. Mirjeta has the biggest chance of making Europe win the Miss Universe crown ever since Oxana Fedorova (who was eventually stripped of the title) in 2002.
Do I smell boycotts from other reps in that region? Miss Albania Kristina Bakiu already withdrew from the competition. 😦
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