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Miss Supranational-2013 goes to the Philippines

Minsk Sports Palace hosts final of prestigious international beauty pageant
By Yury Pinchuk

The top-five, unfortunately, did not include a Belarusian beauty. The Philippines’ Mutya Datul took the crown, with Mexico in second place, followed by girls from Turkey, Indonesia and the Virgin Islands. Of course, all 83 young women were talented, intelligent and beautiful in their own right, making the contest extremely difficult to judge.

Belarusian Veronika Chachina appeared in an unusual dress, made by designer Natalia Lyakhovets, in white and dark blue, with a woven belt adorned with Belarusian ornaments and knitted inserts. Swarovski crystals and golden ribbons completed the look, while the dress had a long train on which was painted a picture. The jury praised Veronica’s beauty and the intricacy of her dress, awarding her the title ‘Miss Supranational Europe’.

Mutya Datul, 21, a student from the Philippines, received her crown from last year’s winner: Belarusian Yekaterina Buraya. The 2012 competition was held in Poland. 

Gerhard Parzutka von Lipiński, the Director of Nowa Scena, one of the main organisers of the show, tells us, “The winner receives $25,000 and undertakes an intense schedule for the year, representing our competition. She’ll participate in fashion shows, advertising shoots and charitable events worldwide.” At a press conference following her crowning, Mutya noted that she’ll be spending the sum on treatment for her sick mother, “My mum is ill, and she needs funds so I’ll spend the prize money on treatment and medicines.” She admitted that she’ll never forget visiting the Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Father Frost’s Residence. “While there, I behaved like a child,” she said. “Belarus for ever remains in my heart.”

The title is her second at the competition, having been named Miss Individuality earlier. In past years, ‘Miss Supranational’ has been won by girls from Belarus, Poland, Ukraine and Panama.
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