Nicknamed the 'Angelina Jolie of Russia', the student says her victory was like a Cinderella fairy tale come true.
Miss World 2013? A student of the Siberian Railway University in Novosibirsk, Elmira has won the right to represent her country at the 'Miss Universe' and 'Miss World' beauty pageants. Picture: Elmira Abdrazakova
She has been studying crisis management which seemed useful for a victory she never expected.
A student of the Siberian Railway University in Novosibirsk, Elmira has won the right to represent her country at the 'Miss Universe' and 'Miss World' beauty pageants.
She also receives a $100,000 prize, a car, and wears a crown said to be valued at more than $1 million.
'I don't have enough words to tell you what 's going on in my heart,' said Elmira, 18, after her victory in Moscow.
The new Miss Russia is from the coal mining city of Mezhdurechensk in Kemerovo region.
Elmira, 18, pictured make up free in her native Mezhdurechensk, Kemerovo region and, below, she is posing for the Miss Snow Universe 2013 contest in Novosibirsk (first from the left). Pictures: Elmira Abdrazakova, World Snow Forum 2013
From a family of teachers, newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda said that a key to her victory was her success during an 'intellectual contest' the 15 finalists undertook at the Barvikha Luxury Village Concert Hall outside Moscow.
'It was an absolute improvisation!' Elmira said. 'I am a very sociable and communicative person, it is easy for me to speak in public. When I was a child, I was interested in journalism and took interviews for the children's show on our the local television.'
She has been studying at the Faculty of World Economy and Crisis Management in Novosibirsk and was doing a little modelling for shopping catalogues - before her victory on 2 March changed everything.
Asked if she will now give this up, she replied: 'I am so lost with understanding what is going on in my soul, and I can't say what will be tomorrow'.
She was happy to be a finalist but had no inkling she would win, Siberian beauty said.
Elmira, who many compare to Angelina Jolie, has been studying at the Faculty of World Economy and Crisis Management in Novosibirsk and was doing a little modelling for shopping catalogues - before her victory on 2 March changed everything
'I really did not expect it! You never believe in Cinderella-style fairy tales. And when I was on my way to this contest, somehow I did not even have such thoughts! I was crazily excited when I got among the 15 finalists'.
'Now I am standing here and I can't imagine how I look on the screen! I am just shocked!'
Told her crown cost more than $1 million, she was almost speechless. 'Really? I just can't imagine it.'
Elmira was the eldest of two children raised on her own by art teacher Olga.
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