Miss Universe, the most prestigious beauty pageant in the world, has been full of unforgettable moments in its 72-year history. One of the strangest and most striking was carried out by the Russian Oxana Fedorova, Miss Universe 2002. Why? To this day, Fedorova is the only pageant winner to have been sacked or resigned from her position, a fact that has never been repeated in the pageant’s history.
What happened to the former beauty queen? HERE we tell you.
Miss Universe: who is Oxana Fedorova?
Oxana Fedorova was born in Pskov, Russia, and was raised by her mother and maternal grandparents. In fact, it was her mother’s father who encouraged her to become a police officer.
Later, he attended the University of Saint Petersburg of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs to study law. At the same time, she worked as an investigator for the Transport Police.
Her maternal grandfather encouraged Oxana to become a police officer. Photo: Beauty Queens
Miss Universe 2002: why was she dethroned?
In 2001, she was declared the winner of Miss Russia, which led her to participate in the 2002 Miss Universe edition. Thus, on May 29, in Puerto Rico, Fedorova won the long-awaited crown, becoming the first and only contestant Russian who has achieved first place in the acclaimed competition.
But the joy was short-lived, as she was removed from her post just four months later. Rumors say that the former Miss Universe was pregnant or secretly married, actions that would prevent her from exercising her title.
On May 29, in Puerto Rico, Fedorova won the crown of Miss Universe 2002. Photo: El Universo
However, the president of the Miss Universe organization, Paula Shugart, said that the young model was dethroned because she could not “fulfill her obligations” as queen.
Fedorova claimed that she herself had renounced the crown to focus on her academic life, since, at the time, she was a police officer and studying law. “I know that I will continue to be Miss Universe for the Russian citizens and for myself,” she stated.
Oxana Fedorova: what does she do today?
Despite this event that may have slowed her down, Fedorova successfully defended her thesis in 2002 and, the following year, obtained her doctoral degree in Civil Law from the University of Saint Petersburg. Likewise, she continued her career in the world of entertainment, especially on Russian television.
In 2011, she married Andrei Borodin, a former agent of the Russian Federal Security Service and vice president of the Russian Boxing Federation, with whom she has two children.
Through her social networks, Oxana Fedorova, 45, keeps her followers updated, whom she continues to charm with her indisputable beauty.
Through her social networks, Oxana Fedorova, 45, keeps her followers updated. Photo: @fedorovaoksana/Instagram
How many crowns does Russia have in Miss Universe?
Thanks to the model’s participation in the Miss Universe contest in 2002, Russia got the only crown for the European country. Oxana Fedorova had a short reign, which for many pageant specialists, she does not count as a legitimate winner.
However, in Russia, they continue to consider her as Miss Universe. “I know that I will continue to be Miss Universe for Russian citizens and for myself,” she said.
When is Miss Universe 2022?
The grand finale of Miss Universe 2022 will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2023. This will be the 71st edition in the history of this very important beauty event, which seeks to crown a new queen. You can enjoy it from 8:00 pm, Venezuelan time. This Wednesday, January 11, the preliminary competition for Miss Universe begins. Do not miss it through the official YouTube channel of the organization.
Which country has the most Miss Universe?
To date, the United States is the country with the most number of Miss Universe titles, with eight (1954, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1980, 1995, 1997 and 2012). It is followed by Venezuela, with seven crowns, and Puerto Rico, with five.
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