Mrs. Russia Victoria Radochinskaya was crowned the winner of the 2009 Mrs. World Pageant on November 22, outshining 76 other international competitors. The first runner-up was American Andrea Robertson, while the second runner-up was host Vietnam’s Hoang Thi Yen.
Mrs. Russia Victoria Radochinskaya (R) is crowned the winner of the the 2009 Mrs. World Pageant on November 22 in Vung Tau City. (Photo: SGGP)
The pageant, held in the southern coastal province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau, attracted 76 candidates from countries and territories worldwide including two Vietnamese contestants, Hoang Thi Yen and Nguyen Thi Thu Ha.
More than 2,500 spectators came out to watch the pageant at the Sports Event Hall of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province and were treated to several performances by the competitors. During the opening of the final round, the women wore traditional Vietnamese costumes and sang a song accompanied by children.
American actor Alan Thicke and Miss World Vietnamese 2007 Ngo Phuong Lan served as the event’s masters of ceremonies.
In the pageant’s national costume and swimsuit portion, Vietnam’s Yen placed in the top 12 and then placed in the top six in the gala evening dress competition.
During a question-and-answer session, Yen was the first to answer a question posed by the judges, however, her translator exceeded the allowable time limit when speaking.
PR director Radochinskaya, married for one year, was awarded the crown worth US$150,000 and jewelry worth $20,000.
Mrs. Denmark won the Mrs. Friendly category, Hong Kong won the Traditional Costume Prize, and the best Ao Dai (traditional Vietnamese tunic) performance went to Côte D’Ivoire.
Mrs. World 2010 is scheduled to be held in the Republic of Korea.