Friday, September 19 saw the very first Miss International Russia in Thailand beauty contest held in the opulent surroundings of the Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya, and hosted by luxury property developer the Tulip Group.
16 contestants lined up for the evening event, showcasing the beauty and intelligence of women from the former Soviet Union in various rounds including evening wear, swimwear and personal style, in front of a specially selected judging panel plus over 200 guests and both local and international television and press agencies. The entire event was also filmed by Fashion TV and Pattaya Channel.
Margarita Stepanova (centre) celebrates her success with other contestants at the 2014 Miss International Russia in Thailand beauty contest, Sept. 19 at the Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya.
The special guest judge was Maeya Nonthawan Thongleng, Miss Thailand World 2014, who graced the event with effortless beauty.
After 2 hours of amazing entertainment the judges made their final decision and crowned Margarita Stepanova, aged 24, as the inaugural winner of the event. Tulip Group Vice President, Jason Payne, presented Margarita with a diamond tiara (donated by Orio Jewelry) and a cash prize of 200,000 Thai baht.
The first runner-up and second runner up places were awarded to Olga Delkham and Daria Lozina who both received flowers, jewelry and cash prizes of 150,000 and 100,000 baht respectively.
Tulip Group plan on holding this event annually and foresee it becoming a highlight on the beauty pageant calendar.
Lead sponsors for the evening were Waterfront Suites & Residences, Orio Jewelry, and Parinda Herbal Products.
Jason Payne, Vice President Tulip Group poses for a photo with special guest judge Maeya Nonthawan Thongleng, Miss Thailand World 2014.
Margarita Stepanova parades before the judging panel during the bikini round.
A contestant shows off some eye-catching Russian attire..
Russian beauties strut their stuff on stage.