In the course of the press communication, Ksenia shared her joy with spectators and journalists: ’I have waited for this victory all my life long. I am really happy that my knowledge of the Udmurt culture, language, and traditions were correspondingly evaluated by the competent jury: In my native village of Zarechny Vishur, they have been speaking Udmurt until now and sacredly honouring predecessors’ customs’.
Apart from Ksenia Vorontsova, the Contest Final was attended by seven girls – Yulia Barakovskaya (Murmansk Region, Saami); Madli Vilsar (Miss Estonia 2011), holder of the second place and the nomination “Shining of the North“; Ekaterina Zhukova (Permian Komi District); Natalia Spiridonova (Perm Region, Mari); Nina Tarabukina (Republic of Komi); Anastasia Utrobina (St. Petersburg, Permian Komi), who was awarded with the 3rd place and the nomination “Hope of the North“; Daria Uchvatova (Mordovia, Moksha).
’This year’s Contest was innovative in many senses’, explained Svetlana KOLCHURINA, Executive Director of the Program “Kudymkar. Culture Reloaded“. – ’First of all, the event approached the international level for the first time in its history thanks to the participation of Madli Vilsar. Besides, girls had been training from December 1-5, 2011 with professional pedagogues in choreography, acting skills, diction in the building of the Permian Komi Ethnocultural Centre in Kudymkar, anticipating the Final. Moreover, the Contest bears not only an educating and show mission but also acquired a charity sounding: Every participant prepared a piece, which is connected with the culture of her people, and went to the auction with it: Raised money were forwarded to the account of the Perm Children’s Oncological Centre’.
The organizers had been working with JSC “Cultural Capital“ at the theatricals - Director Lev Kataev and Commercial Director Sofia Kuzmenko, long-time partners of the elimination round “Parma’s Beauty“, which was held in the Permian Komi District last year.
’In the Contest Final, girls showed several numbers’, commented Tatyana KLIMOVA, Head of the Department of the Ethnocultural Development of the Ministry of the Permian Komi District. ’These were defile in ethnic clothes, introduction number, national rite, sport dance, defile with use of elements of the design clothes, the number with evening dresses’.