Currently, I hold the title of Miss Tourism Queen of the Year USA 2016. I will compete in Shanghai, China at 2016 annual international pageant - Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International. I couldn't be more excited to compete for representing my country on international stage. Just this August I competed in Kosovo an Germany, representing USA in Miss Freedom of the World and Top Model of the World international pageants. In 2013-2015, I held the title of Miss USA First International, Face of Beauty Russia, Miss East Coast American Beauty and Miss New York Grand International.
I originally chose pageantry and modeling as the avenues for bringing the awareness of the importance of educating young girls about leadership and politics. When I was a young girl, I have always been motivated for success - by my parents, teachers, coaches, and friends. Without that support, I probably would have been married with 3 kids somewhere in Russian suburbs working as an accountant. In no way am I undermining the importance of family or traditions, but I challenge the way people get socialized into those cultural cleavages. Coming from a relatively well-off (at the time and place) family, I have been given a choice of pursuing my dreams or mimicing the social patterns prevailing in Eastern Europe. I truly believe that all girls deserve this opportunity. Although I could have been happy just going with the flow, I want to believe that I am a more productive member of the society being a triple threat - a researcher, leader, and a model - and having an amazing opportunity to share my experience with people.
Modeling and fashion are my hobbies that allow me to express myself outside of my formal career. I believe that fashion is an exclusive form of art, desirable by all and attainable by very few - models, designers, and photographers. It is the only form of art you can allow to touch your skin and stay with you throughout the day or even lifetime (jewelry). There's no restriction on who can enter it, with all of its variety, it has room for everyone. In a way, we express ourselves through our wardrobe choices every day. However, as in every art, only few will be raised to the pedestal and change the history of it. I am happy just to be stealing the spotlight every once in a while. Like they say in Olympics, it is an honor just to participate.
Although my primary pageant platform is educating young girls about politics and leadership, I am also interested in spreading awareness about innovative technologies and finding the tools that enhance our everyday experience. This covers research in both behavioral and engineering sciences that improves our lives whether through understanding of social issues or allowing us to be more productive.