On September 16, 2018, a sunny Fall Day in the beautiful city of Escondido in San Diego County California, we hosted a gala beauty show and performance.
The MISS RUSSIAN San Diego 2018 pageant left a lasting impression in the memory of locals and out of town guests alike! Russian beauties, representatives of different ethnicities and cultures lit the stage of the California Center for the Arts with their exquisiteness and talents.
The producers of MISS RUSSIAN SAN DIEGO 2018 Yana Sanakina and Olga Solovyeva introduced the famous MCs owner of the radio station Voice of La Jolla Ron J. Jones and socialite, blogger Sonya Berg, Zenfashionista.
The organizers and contestants in this event had prepared for 3.5 months, they were tough and very happy days of their lives in America. The project, which has long loomed in the warm, imbued with a smell of the ocean city, began its bright life just before the 10th anniversary of the women's Russian-American Magazine "Gorozhanka", which was planned by the editorial office long before!
A representative of the city administration from the office of Senator Joel Anderson congratulated the agitated producers and handed them Certificates of Recognition, assessing their merits in the organization of the charitable project, which was created in support of the Russian Contestants. As mentioned earlier, a portion of the proceeds was donated to the Children’s Hospital of San Diego and to a shelter for abused women and children.
"Our mission is to help and support all the women of the world!" - organizers of the event proclaimed, and they successfully completed their task.
The beginning of the evening was very solemn, all those present stood up, putting their hand on the heart and raising their heads. The US National Anthem was sung by a very young vocalist Ekaterina Solovyeva. All spectators, among which there were many friends and relatives of the contestants were expecting their beautiful participants.
The first show was a runway in swimsuits.
Beautiful music accompanied girls to the concert hall, wearing a silk collection from the famous artist from San Francisco Natasha Foucault. They were beautiful pareos, hand painted in the style of batik with images of exotic flowers and beautiful landscapes. Charmingly draping delicate bodies of contestants, solar silk shawls underlined the beauty and charisma of participants.
Then the participants came out with floral compositions in their hands and wreaths on their heads, courtesy of the florist Tatiana Mironova-Zhamora.
Unique black dresses decorated with drawings of palm trees, sun and ocean from the artist and designer from Silicon Valley, Maria Milovidova, naturally continued the show. The end of this festive event was a solemn entrance with music by Russian Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky in elegant evening dresses. Designers Lena Trotsko from San Francisco and Lisseth Corrao - from San Diego outdid themselves with these notable gowns.
"We wanted to show the beauty of our culture, our traditions, not only the beauty of our girls," - said Yana Sanakina, editor-in-chief and founder of the "Gorozhanka" magazine. “This was my dream from the very first day of work on the first issue of the magazine. And now I am happy that this dream came true in honor of the 10th anniversary of the magazine!
"The musical program was one of the memorable moments of the pageant MISS RUSSIAN SAN DIEGO 2018. Opera diva Susana Poretsky performed all-time favorite "Habanera" from "Carmen" and "Dark Eyes", receiving a flurry of applause along with her accompanist Yelena Galitsky. Katherine Solovyeva in a duet with her teacher Susana Poretsky performed favorite romance "Those were the days" and "O, Sole Mio".
Banda Bena under the direction of Enrico Pat surprised our guests with incendiary Latin music.
"Talented people have supported our project, many of them have done it for free. For our non-profit organization It was a very significant contribution. Many serious projects after that will be started, expect a humble encore from us! "- said the organizer Olga Solovyeva, a well-known California Real Estate Broker.
Breathless spectators watched excerpts from Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker": Spanish Dance and Russian Dance performed by Sayat Asatryan and his students from the ballet studio Encinitas Ballet. Cute teddy bear, whose role was played by the owner of the ballet studio, was a colorful contribution to the concert program of the evening.
"All the difficulties and pitfalls we have experienced, gave us a good lesson of courage! But we have got to surprise the Russian diaspora! "- said one of the partners of Gorozhanka magazine, lawyer Sergei Fedorov.
Everyone was anticipating not only the final of the contest, but also the dance output, which was staged by the famous teacher and dancer Boris Rudenko from the CROWN DANCE STUDIO with the contestants of Miss Russian San Diego. And it was a furor!
Contestants, who synchronously performed a cheerful, fiery dance "Cha-cha-cha" were great! Sailor costumes perfectly fit with the concept of the holiday. The girls looked like a friendly team, brought from the ship to the ball together with their captain Boris Rudenko paired with the beautiful Nadia Kireyko.
Publishers of the magazine " Gorozhanka " oversaw not only coordinating the beautiful music and dance program, but also the decoration as well. The entrance of the concert hall was decorated with banners with numerous names of sponsors and a Step-and-Repeat, where Sharon K Doyle, a well-known journalist and Miss Diversity took interviews. Another good place to meet our sponsors was the fair - exhibition of specialty products for beautiful ladies.
The fanfare faded, each contestant received gifts and nominations, professional portfolio with photos and video interviews and a huge experience of working with designers, participation in the show and learned to perform runway walking and dancing professionally.
Each of the participants worthily overcame all difficulties and conquered their own complexes and self-doubt, having received professional guidance from the experienced fashion instructor, Elena Chirkova.
The title of Miss Russian San Diego 2018 was granted to Ksenia Anikushina, the 2nd and 3rd places were received by Ekaterina Sheremet and Daryana Mikhnyuk.
The Honorary nomination Miss Gorozhanka by the unanimous vote of the whole editorial office was awarded to Karolina Gera.
Precious jewelry, merino wool clothes, and cosmetics were presented to the participants by organizers and sponsors, who received in response the words of gratitude!
The girls heartily thanked the organizers and sponsors and began their preparations for the Miss Russian California 2018 pageant, which will take place on November 2, 2018 in the capital of California, Sacramento.
I asked the tired organizers whether we could expect the Miss Russian San Diego 2019 pageant, and they replied in unison: "Yes, of course!” We are already working on a new project "
SPONSORS OF MISS RUSSIAN SAN DIEGO 2018:
* Yana Sanakina - Gorozhanka Magazine
* Olga Solovyeva - Broker of Nightingale Realty, Inc.
* Lana Zlotorpolsky LP Studio
* Elena Chirkova – Dance in Style
* Sergiy Fedorov - Immigration Attorney
* Dr. Edward Goold, Business Professor
* Kalinka Rutberg - Realtor - Coldwell Banker Residential
* Guy Levy, Attorney - Personal injury counsel
* Kurt Stuber, Fidelity Title and Escrow
* Matt Meis - Russian Brilliants
* Aron Suley – Jewelry Design
* Alex Buznikov - Dentist, Rodeo Dental Studios
* Alber Rezko - Jewelry Design
* Olga Filatova – Rejuvelab skin care