The 2016 Mrs. World Pageant, which just completed in Dongguan, China, ended with the crowning of the lovely representative from South Africa, Candice Abrahams.
For those not in the know, “Mrs. World” (and its national affiliates, like “Mrs. America”) celebrates the beauty and talent of married women who have families.
As can be seen in her photos, Candice is a beautiful woman and indeed has a lovely family. As the 27th Mrs. World, she is a credit to her beautiful and multi-ethnic nation. In her statement to the press, Candice remarked: “What an honour to be able to bring the Mrs World crown home to South Africa. It has always been a dream of mine to win Mrs South Africa and to represent my country on the international stage; to be bringing home the title is just the cherry on top of my achievements over the last year.” Candice, who excelled in the “National Costume” category and beat out 45 other women to win the crown, is married to a radio announcer named Ismail Abrahams. Sending a congratulatory Instagram to his wife, Ismail joked: “Just don’t call me Mr. World.”
The Russian Angle
Although Slavs had something to be proud of, with Mrs. Poland taking second place in the Pageant, the big news for Russians here, is that the Pageant de-facto recognized the independence of the Lugansk Peoples’s Republic (LPR) in the Donbass. As indicated by the following story which is, in fact, my lede:
A woman named Valeriya Bylinina flew to China to represent the LPR, a delegation that was completely separate from the Ukrainian one.
I found this list of the pageant contestants. Notice Mrs. Ukraine on the bottom row, the stunningly gorgeous Marianna Nyzhnia. Now scroll up 4 rows, and you will see the doll-like face of Valeriya Bylinina from Lugansk! This is actually quite astounding
So, did this pageant turn into a big catfight? No, not at all. These ladies are way too classy for that political B.S.
Quoting Valeriya from the VZGLIAD piece: “I am very happy that I was able to represent my Republic and come out under my own flag. I am very pleased that I was able to take part in this international contest, which proved once again that the LPR exists!”
Asked if there was any conflict between herself and Mrs. Ukraine, Valeriya stated:
“Not at all. Everything was in order. We spoke to one another like normal people, there was no coldness. We decided that the issues of the day should be decided by politicians, whereas ordinary people need to communicate with one another.”
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Romanov is the Executive Director of “Mrs. World Russia”, as well as the General Director of a group of companies called “Golden Collection”, which owns a share in the Pageant. Romanov lobbied successfully to have the 2015 Mrs. World Pageant held in Sebastopol, Crimea.
David Marmel, the President of the the flagship “Mrs. America” pageant, as well as the overall “Mrs. World” pageant, is said to be a big admirer of Russia, according to Alexei Romanov.
Hence, it is no doubt thanks to Romanov’s lobbying and Marmel’s influence that last year’s pageant was held in Sebastopol; and no doubt also due to Romanov/Marmel that this year’s pageant included a contestant from the LPR! Again, translating from the VZGLIAD piece:
According to Romanov, the decision to include Valeriya Bylinina was taken by organizers from the U.S. He clarified that, according to the rules of the pageant, only one contestant is allowed per country. “There was already a representative from the Ukraine. Hence, once the American pageant owners took the decision to invite a representative from Lugansk, they were no doubt influenced by a certain concept.”
The concept being, as Bylina expressed it so well, that the Lugansk People’s Republic EXISTS!