A casting has been launched for the 4th international beauty contest Lady Universe 2016.
This is the world’s only annual beauty contest for successful and educated ladies!
The contestants shall meet the following requirements:
Age over 18
Height over 155 cm
Portfolio of 7 pictures: one portrait and full-body photos.
The contest programme consists of three parts.
The first event is catwalking and the contestants’ introduction.
The second event is a self-presentation or a performance.
The third event is the final competition and distribution of awards in evening gowns.
Contestants from all countries of the world are welcome, including the CIS.
Please fill in your application forms on the official website www.lady-universe.com
or send them by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(International beauty contest for business ladies)
Raisa Niraj Ved-Zakirova from Irkutsk, who lives in India with her Indian husband and wonderful young daughter, was already on our magazine cover once. We chose her among many because this beautiful, strong and at the same time fragile woman had a lot to tell about herself. Last time we talked about her participation in ‘Lady Russia’ Beauty contest, where she won first title in the international nomination ‘Lady Universe’- 2013. Recently she also became a winner of the international ‘Miss World Russian Beauty-2014’ contest, held in the USA.
Raisa, you took part in the recent ‘Missis World Russian Beauty’ in America. How did it all begin?
It started with a lot of agitation and troubles that awaited me and my family at the American consulate. I had to think of Oksana Fedorova who also had a delay because of the visa. After the first visa refusal, my daughter and I were very disappointed that we would not be able to join the contest. But we applied for the second time. After 2,5 hours interview and invitation of my husband we got the visa. That was a real emotional roller coaster.
You were tough, congratulations. By the way, how hard was the contest emotionally?
I was already well prepared, because it was not my first beauty contest. The latest ‘Lady Russia’ contest where I had won first title in ‘Lady Universe’ nomination, gave me the opportunity to go to New York and take part in ‘Missis World Russian Beauty’. This is the most prestigious beauty contest among our nationals, held since 1990s.
Missis World Russian Beauty contest took place in New York, lasted four days and was remarkable for its numerous participants from more than 30 countries. Guests included producers, models, designers and celebrities.
The contest was moderated by ‘House 2’* participants Stepan Menshchikov and Rustam Solntsev. Unfortunately I had no chance to meet Rustam but managed to meet Stepan, he was a very good company.
The atmosphere during the contest was very friendly, which is very important at such exciting events and I was lucky again.
What was the most challenging part for you at the contest?
We had to wear a cocktail dress, an evening dress and a swimwear. There were no issues with the dresses, my husband gifted me a stunning designer dress named ‘Firebird’. However the swimwear was the tricky part.
I went weak in my knees before the swimwear contest, because I am married to a person of a different cultural background, he is from India and they have their own cultural traditions. I warned my husband that I would probably have to show up in swimwear. He said ‘It’s okay, no one knows you there anyway’. But I knew he was hiding his emotions. What happened after was beyond my expectations. He said he was very happy I had won and was proud of me. It is the greatest happiness to hear such praise.
Your daughter was with you?
Yes, my daughter Naveen Niraj Ved participated in Mini Miss World Russian Beauty NY 2014. She represented India and was the youngest one. She conquered the jury and took the first prize. She had been looking forward to this so much, it had been her dream. She performed a dance from an Indian movie, had colorful Indian costumes, everybody came up to her to take pictures.
Your husband must have been over the moon, seeing his both queens – wife and daughter – on the stage.
That’s true. After the contest everybody went on a cruise. But I did not join, I wanted to visit New Jersey, Washington, Niagara Falls, to see the Statue of Liberty and the New York suburbs. I visited everything, ticked it off, saw Americans and realized how much I missed Irkutsk and our cuisine. I don’t like their fast food. Had my meals at Chinese restaurants where I could find vegetables and meat.
How did you prepare yourself for the contest?
I went to the gym and swimming pool every day, had full body massage. Being 155 cm tall, I set my weight at 53 kg. My husband is Indian, in their culture slim women are not considered pretty. So I found the right balance to look good for both India and Europe. Besides that I restored my hair, applied mustard masks every second day. They strengthen the roots and good for those who want to have long shiny hair. As far as the face is concerned, I take good care of it at home and in salons.
Would you please wish something to Russian women.
Always be feminine, beautiful, inspire your men and make your children happy. Victory is not easy but it’s worth it when you see how proud for you your husband is.
(International beauty contest for business ladies)
Raisa Niraj Ved-Zakirova comes from Irkutsk and lives in Mumbai with her Indian husband and cute young daughter. Her mother and elder son, who is a student, live in Irkutsk. She is fond of both sunny Mumbai and snowy Irkutsk. In December she took part in ‚Lady Russia‘ beauty contest and won the first title in the international nomination ‚Lady Universe’, followed by an invitation to a contest in Chicago. She is still thinking over if she needs it or has already proved to others and herself that she always reaches her goals.
Good taste: So, you live in Mumbai. It’s former Bombay, the most populated city of India and the Bollywood capital. You look like an Indian actress, by the way.
Raisa: I even know which one. Karishma Kapoor, grand-daughter of the famous Raj Kapoor, “Indian Chaplin”. There is a big actor clan of the Kapoors. Raj founded his own film industry, one of the biggest in Bollywood.
GT: I won’t be surprised if you say you did some acting too.
R: Only in advertisements, together with my daughter. In one of them I sing in Hindi.
GT: How do you find living in India?
R: I always liked this country from the films. I like warm climate and I feel good and comfortable here. And I have done big progress in my personal development since my daughter was born.
GT: What do you do in Mumbai?
R: My family is what matters most to me. I take care of my daughter, support my husband – he is in the real estate business. There is Russian center for culture and science in Mumbai with 187 russian speaking members. I am a member of the Russian association in West India. We help people in trouble. In my free time I do embroidery and draw. On the last Independence Day of India I had my personal exhibition, visited by many people and even the consul himself. It was a huge success and my husband was surprised because he did not take my hobby seriously.
GT: Where did you learn embroidery?
R: Myself. I was pregnant and wanted to do something. But everything went wrong and I left the work unfinished. Then I received a stitch kit as a prize in a cooking contest and I did it within a day, remembered about the one I had left unfinished three years before and finished it that same night. It has been my favorite hobby ever since.
GT: Would you like to have some tea with a honey cake? Do you stile like Russian food?
R: I can’t say no to the cake! I miss Russian food a lot. Indian fare is very hot and spicy. I can eat it three months long, come to visit my mom in Irkutsk and enjoy our Russian food. Then I start missing India and its way of life. But when I fly back to India I take a lot of typical Russian delicacies with me: lard with garlic, smoked sausage..
GT: Do you have to observe traditions, living in India? For example wear a saree?
R: I have three of them, some really expensive and some simple ones. I wear them on occasions. But I am Russian and will stay it forever. I wear short dresses, high heels. And I always wear a makeup, have my nails done..
GT: However there are some rules that have to be followed?
R: A woman in India has to have domestic staff. Staff of well-off people speak English. A driver is a must as well. I have one too.
GT: What do you find amazing about India?
R: The fact that people from lower social classes do not feel poor. It is their life and they are happy with it. It is a life philosophy: not to think about yesterday or tomorrow, live in the present.
GT: You don’t agree with this?
Raisa: My husband says I take life too seriously. I say to him, it is because I am a mother, I have kids and have to think about their future.
GT: Your 20-year old son lives in Irkutsk. Was it his choice or yours?
R: My son finished the consulate school in India and we had an opportunity to send him to a college in England. But he opted to go to Irkutsk. Now he is in his third year in the same faculty where I used to study. And he would like to stay in Russia.
GT: And what about your daughter’s future?
R: Her farther will decide about that. Most marriages in India are still arranged by parents long before the wedding. Moreover most grooms and brides have their word in the decision process. An astrologist sets date and time of the ceremony.
GT: How did you meet your husband?
R: On a plane to India. It was my birthday and the night before my phone had kept ringing, my friends and family had been congratulating me. So I thought, I would sleep during the flight. But the man next to me was very talkative, he told everything about himself. At some point he took my phone: “What type is it?” The phone was nothing special. But he managed to dial his number from it. That night I got a message: “I love you”. First I thought I was a mistake. But then he invited me for dinner. He was very persistent. First I was suspicious but married him eventually. By the way my first husband is Indian too. We studied together at the Irkutsk University in the faculty of world economy.
GT: Last year you participated in Missis Irkutsk beauty contest. Was your husband happy about it?
R: He was totally against it! But I managed to convince him within two weeks.
GT: Was it that important to you?
R: It was my childhood’s dream to participate in some beauty contest. I am only 155 cm tall.
GT: But it did not matter at the Lady Russia beauty contest where you received the Lady Universe title?
R: Looks did matter along with personal achievements like motherhood, professional and social activities. As I won that day, I called my son in Irkutsk and told him the news, though it was in the middle of the night. He was very reserved and just said: “Congratulations”. As I found out eventually he had woken everybody up.
GT: Raisa, this desire to achieve something, to prove that you can do it, does it come from childhood as well?
R: I think so. I was a very proactive girl, participated in everything and wanted to be the best.
GT: You must have had a lot of admirers?
R: No, not really. But as it turned out eventually, many boys had liked me but were afraid to approach me.
GT: What are your plans for the nearest future?
R: I would like to try out film acting. I already have five offers from Bollywood film companies.
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This event is founded only for the established and successful in social life ladies. All conditions of the contest are directed on involvement of women with achievements in the field of a family, business, study, sports, policy, culture, public life.
The contest not just opens beauty of participants, but is also promotion of strengths of the women. It is huge possibility to declare the achievements and the status, also to emphasize ability to be a career woman and not just being a mother and uneducated or develop lady in also adding positive growth to our culture and country.
In the contest Russian ladies strictly from 25 years (who live in the territory of Russia or beyond its limits) have the right to participate. For participation presence of high education is obligatory. Participants of contest «The Lady of Russia» in difference of other beauty contests can consist or not consist in the official union (marriage).
«Lady of Russia-2015» & «Lady Universe-2015»
The contest-nomination is held for business women! Hurry up! Till the contest-nomination a few days left. Make a statement about your achievements! December 5, 2015 in the centre of Moscow will be held the contest-nomination "Lady of Russia 2015" in the framework of international nomination «Lady Universe-2015". This event created exclusively for the business ladies which achieved success in social life and for young ladies who start their professional development in life and their career. We look forward to see the best final-year students and graduates. All terms and conditions of the contest are aimed at attracting of women with the achievements in the field of family, business, school, sports, politics, culture and public life. The contest not only reveals the beauty of the participants, but is also a promotion of women`s features. This is a great opportunity to express their achievements and status, as well as to emphasize the ability to be truly feminine. The jury consists of famous politicians and pop stars, film and show business. The participation fee is $ 480. It does not include accommodation. Maybe it will be paid by the partners of the contest. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Beauty contest is for well educated and career ladies. High education for participation in the beauty contest «Lady Universe» is obligatory. Participation in the beauty contest «Lady Universe» is different from other beauty contests in the fact that they can be either married or unmarried mothers. Appearance of a participant of «Lady Universe»: Minimum Height is 155 cm, proportional physique, ease of communication, charm, elegance, creative abilities and talents, erudition, diction and standard of speech. Areas of achievements: business, study, sports, policy, culture, public life, family. Participant achievements in the specified spheres is welcomed. Too revealing or inappropriate dressing, shoddy make-up, any indication or appearance of inebriation at the beauty contest «Lady Universe» makes a participant inadmissible: Habits such as smoking aren’t forbidden, but are categorically not allowed during rehearsals and the beauty contest. Photo and video filming of the pornographic contents is strictly forbidden. At the beauty contest «Lady Universe» a bikini defile is absent
1.1.The present Contract is signed with a view to successfully carry out the contest «Lady Universe-2012»
2. RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE PARTIES
At the beauty contest "Lady Universe" a bikini defile is absent
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