ASTANA – Dinara Zhakazhbayeva, a twenty-two-year-old graduate of East Kazakhstan State University, was crowned Miss Astana 2013 at the city competition’s glitzy grand finale on Oct. 12 at the Astana City Circus.
Apart from the crown, Zhakazhbayeva won a trip to Paris and will go on to represent the capital at the Miss Kazakhstan competition to be held in Astana in November.
Ruslana Tereshenya and Aigerim Samatova were the first and second runners up, respectively.
Zhakazhbayeva comes from Ust-Kamenogorsk, where she studied international relations. She moved to Astana to find a job. “Thank you very much! I didn’t expect my victory, but I am so happy now. This crown means new opportunities and a whole new life for me. I will put all my strength into successfully representing Astana and winning the title of Miss Kazakhstan 2013,” Zhakazhbayeva said after the ceremony.
The 15 final candidates of the Miss Astana 2013 pageant were selected from more than 140 hopefuls between the ages of 16 and 23 who attended an audition on Sept. 8 at Fashion Night Club.
Contestants competed in sport suits, fur coats from Mondial, national costumes and evening gowns. Contestants were judged on beauty, physical fitness, poise, public speaking ability and wardrobe choice. Miss World 2012 Yevgeniya Klishina and Kazakhstan gymnast Anna Alyabyeva were among the judges this year.
“The beauty contest was held at a very good level, thanks to strong sponsorship support,” said Farhat Hozhin, director general of the pageant. According to him, compared with last year, when only 50 girls decided to take part in the pageant, this year’s contest attracted a greater number of potential beauty queens. “All the girls were working hard during the last two months, trying to prove their uniqueness to take part in the finale,” Hozhin said.
The contest was organised by Empire Creative Association and Prestige Model Agency and supported by the WorldClass fitness club chain.