Miss Russia Is Now Miss World

Russia’s Kseniya Sukhinova just won the Miss World 2008 crown in a glittering, African-themed pageant held in South Africa. Sure beats being in her homeplace of Siberia this time of year! Lucky for all of us, she has pledged to “help people.” The second runner up was Gabrielle Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago and the first runner up Parvathay Omanakuttan of India.

Kseniya, a 21-year-old blue-eyed blonde beauty, who declared shortly before her win was announced that being nervous made her “feel stronger,” takes over from Zhang Zi Lin of China to become the 58th Miss World. After being asked why she should be crowned the winner, she articulated:

“I think I can help people and I want to help people and today if I walk away with this crown I will do that,”

Hailing from Nizhnevartovsk in the north west of Siberia, Sukhinova was dressed in a purple gown, with a decorative neckline and flowing skirt. She is a student pursuing an engineering degree from the Tyumen Oil and Gas University.

Here’s Ksenia’s introduction tape as a Miss World contestant. She’s going to help Putin dominate world oil markets.