10 Russian Beauties Compete for the Prized Crown!
(Los Angeles, Calif…March 8, 2017) The beauty and culture of Russia will be celebrated as the 6 th Annual Miss Russian LA 2017 Competition returns to Hollywood on Friday, March 17 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex. This spectacular evening will showcase the intelligence, grace and talent of 10 finalists representing their Russian roots as they compete to bring home the crown. At the conclusion of the competition, one woman will win the coveted Miss Russian LA 2017 title. The Complex is located at 1201 Vine Street in Hollywood.
“With all the turbulence surrounding Russia today, I am proud to be able to showcase the talent and beauty of my beloved homeland,” says Lika Osipova, Producer/Director of Miss Russian LA 2017.
“We have had an incredible amount of support and enthusiasm for this pageant and what we stand for. My goal to provide an entertainment-filled evening as well as a challenging competition.”
The event has become an entertainment spectacular, this year featuring special performances by international singer Abby Cubey and Season 12 contestant on American Idol Andrey Tsvetkov, a show-stopping opener by Peter Dranga (famous Russian accordionist), and guitarists Stuart Smith and Joe Retta from the legendary musical group Heaven and Earth. The evening will be hosted by Greg S. Reid (best-selling author, acclaimed speaker, and filmmaker).
Celebrity judges will include: Lainie Kazan (multi-award winning actor in film, television and on stage, who received critical acclaim for her role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 1 and II), Kathy Nelson (former President of Universal Music), David Longoria (Grammy Award-winner), Evgeny Afneevsky (Oscar and Emmy-nominated director and producer), flying in from Russia, Prohor Shalyapin (leading Russian singer), Ben Stein (Political and Economic Commentator), Ryan Long (Founder of City Gala), Oleg Frish (multi-talented singer and popular talk show host), Alex Durmashkin (American Russian Media), and more to be announced.
Over the years, this star-studded event has brought out many of Hollywood’s elite including Mickey Rourke (Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated actor), Larry Namer (Founder of E! Entertainment Television), Rich Thurber (TV producer), Nick Light (VP of Sony Pictures), Jeffrey Prang (Mayor of West Hollywood), and more.
The pageant is open to any qualified female at least 18 years old, having a California residency and the ability to speak Russian. The final 10 contestants were selected from over 50 applicants who have been in rehearsals for over a month. The finalists will be judged in five separate categories: presentation, talent, interview, bikini, and evening gown. The evening gown portion will be overseen by Russia’s fashion icon, Dima Neu. Both English and Russian will be spoken throughout the pageant.
This year’s pageant winner will receive the title of Miss Russian LA 2017 and an award package valued at over $20,000 including a bejeweled crown, appearance on the front cover of Fact Magazine, and a five-day trip for two to a location of their choice including Cancun, Mexico, Hawaii, or Miami, FL provided by event partner Popkoff’®, creator of the authentic Russian dumplings that are healthy and delicious.
Samantha Safir, best known for appearance on Dancing with the Stars as guest performer with Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and as a finalist on Fox’s hit show So You Think You Can Dance, is the reigning queen. She served as an ambassador this past year representing the Los Angeles-based Russian community at numerous public speaking engagements, fundraisers and civic events. There are an estimated 600,000 Russian-speaking people in Southern California. West Hollywood’s Russian-speaking community is the most concentrated single Russian-speaking community in the United States outside of New York and consists primarily of immigrants from different Republics of the former Soviet Union such as: Russian Federation, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, Latvia, Uzbekistan, etc
In conjunction with the competition, the second season of Miss Russian LA 2017 Reality Show will air in April 2017 on USArmenia TV with an expanded 24 episodes.
Tickets for Miss Russian LA 2017 start at $135 with VIP seating priced at $175. A special red carpet will start at 8:00 p.m. Doors open to the public at 9:00 p.m. and the dinner and show starts at 9:30 p.m. Limited tickets are available at www.ticketsr.com, or call (818) 677-3000. For complete event information, visit www.eventcartel.com.
Event is produced by the Lika Osipova. General Sponsor is Falcon Lifestyle/Luxury Car Rental and the Official Partner is Popkoff. Supporting sponsors of the Miss Russian LA include: Sunless Beauty, Cobey & Company, Today T Consult Immigration, Visa and Passport, L’Amour Toujours Flowers, Fusion of Beauty, Jewels on Wilshire and City Gala. Media/Information Sponsors are Event Cartel, Kartina TV, Forum Daily, American Russian Media, Fact Magazine, and USArmenia.
LOS ANGELES, CA, March 4, 2016 — The 5th annual Miss Russian Los Angeles beauty pageant will be held on March 4th at the Taglyan Complex Hollywood located at 1201 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038.Red carpet interviews begin at 7:00 PM with the 90-minute pageant starting at 8:00 PM. The Miss Russian LA Pageant identifies Russian women who exemplify beauty, talent and intelligence. Press credentials are still available.The pageant is open to any qualified female at least 18 years old, having a California residency and the ability to speak Russian. The final 10 contestants have already been selected from over 50 applicants and have been in rehearsals for over a month. The finalists will be judged in four separate categories: evening gown, talent, bikini, and interview. The Evential School, a LA-based modeling and acting educational institution, provides necessary training to the finalists. The evening gown portion and the other collections will be overseen by Russia’s Top fashion designers. “I founded this event to showcase new talent in our community. It’s not only a beauty pageant but also a very entertaining talent show,” said Lika Osipova, Producer & Director of Miss Russian LA. “We have really stepped it up this year. We have wonderful sponsors and an impressive panel of judges.” Among the distinguished panelists invited: U.S. Representative Adam Schiff for California’s 28th congressional district; Producer of Sony PicturesNick Light, Television producer, manager of Howie Mandel- Rich Thurber. Previous attendees include: Mickey Rourke, American actor; Larry Namer, Founder of E! Entertainment Television, mayor of West Hollywood Jeffrey Prang.
Last year the occasion took place at a popular place- Sofitel Hotel Beverly Hills- has homed many red carpet events in the past, movie premiers such as American Hustle with Jennifer Lawrence and other events from launch parties to corporate events. It was a prestigious place and perfect location to hold Miss Russian LA. The event has a 200+ person capacity and tickets sold out, 2 months in advance. To enter this event, it isn’t cheap, each ticket is from 150 dollars, which includes the best Russian cuisine and beverages and professional guest performers that fill the short breaks between the segments of the contest, so it is a great night out that people look forward to. This Time we have a bigger location, the event will have more than 350 guests, plus it will be broadcast to the nationwide channel “USArmenia” TV, which is mean that all who participate in this show will get a great publicity. Lika Osipova was invited to talk about Miss Russian LA pageant to the Russian TV show such as “Persona Grata” on NTV America and “Mesto Vstrechi” on RTVi Channel (you can find it on youtube) The pageant winner receives the title of Miss Russian LA 2016 and a combined award package valued over $10,000 including a bejeweled crown, course scholarship from the New York Film Academy, and a five-day trip to Hawaii provided by Popkoff’s® authentic Russian dumplings. Olga Kovalenko, the reigning queen served as an ambassador this past year representing the Los Angeles-based Russian community at numerous public speaking engagements, fundraisers and civic events. There are an estimated 600,000 Russian-speaking people in Southern California. Furthermore, West Hollywood’s Russian-speaking community is the most concentrated single Russian-speaking community in the United States outside of New York and consists primarily of immigrants from different Republics of the former Soviet Union such as: Russian Federation, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, Latvia, Uzbekistan, etc.