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Miss Ukraine, front-runner for Miss World 2008

A close-up on Miss World 2008 contestants

20 November 2008. Miss World 2008 Pageant crown is up for the takes on Saturday 13th December 2008 at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Contestants will compete to take the crown from current Miss World, Chian’s Zhang Zilin.

One of the runners-up is Ukraine’s Miss Iryna Zhuravska.

The 18 year-old student from Kiev won the 18th edition of Miss Ukraine on 23 April, competing against other 25 beauties, come to the Kiev stage from all regions of the country.

This gorgeous light-eyed brunette has already made the headlines in 2007 when she won the Miss Internet and Miss Donbass Open Pageants in Ukraine, attracting the attention of the fashion world.Iryna now works as a model in the KARIN MMG agency, which belongs to Ukrainian model Vlada Lytovchenko, herself crowned Miss Ukraine in 1995.

Her victory in the Miss Ukraine 2008 pageant has raised acclamation but also criticism: several online forums have mentioned her receiving a helping hand from an influential relative, the Deputy Mayor of Kiev, to win the contest.

The jury who chose her, regardless her family ties, included Olena Franchuk, daughter of ex-president of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, Russian singer Natalia Korolyova, and Miss World 2007 Zhang Zilin (China).

Her motto – “Step back from evil and create blessings”.

Hopefully what goes around, comes around Iryna. Good luck!

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