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Moscow Beauty 1988: The first official Soviet beauty contest

The first official USSR beauty contest ‘Moscow Beauty 1988‘ was held in the Luzhniki Palace of Sports in Soviet Moscow and became a real sensation for the world community. Promoters of the event have refused all the standards and let girls with any figure take a part in the contest. In the end, a schoolgirl Maria Kalinina won the competition.

Now Maria lives and works as a Kundalini Yoga coach in Los Angeles, California, the USA. So, let’s look at the photos and remember how went the first Soviet beauty contest.

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Registration for the competition
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The winner of the contest Maria Kalinina
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Related: Russian girls from the contest Beauty of Russia


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4 Comments

  1. as a Europhile,I think russian ambience is a great Russian website! I especially really like your website about the first Soviet beauty pageant in 1988 from a few years ago as well as a number of your other pages on your site.

  2. the UEFA Euro 1988 took place at the same time Moscow Beauty ’88 had(June 1988).Euro 1988 would be the last European football championship in which the USSR team would take part,as the USSR would dissolve in 1991.I just thought this would be some interesting historic trivia.the USSR was runner up at the 1988 Euro championship,which took place in what was then West Germany.

      1. I’m very happy to share the historic fact that Moscow Beauty 1988 coincided with the Euro 1988.I think it would have been extra interesting if the USSR had won the Euro ’88 Championship.don’t you think?

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