The MISS UNIVERSE Pageant is one of the most high-profile projects of Aras Agalarov and Emin Agalarov (Crocus Group) over the past few years. The MISS UNIVERSE Pageant will take place in Russia for the very first time in the 62 year history of the contest on the stage of Crocus City Hall — the only multifunctional arena in Russia, conformed to the world standards. The Show is divided into two stages: November 5th — Preliminary Show, November 9th — Final. "This will be one of the biggest and most beautiful Miss Universe events ever," said Donald Trump. "It is only fitting that the world's most iconic and premier beauty contest will take place in Russia's most premier venue, Crocus City Hall," he added.
The Top 16 will be chosen by a separate panel of judges who will view nearly 90 contestants, at the Preliminary Show five days before the coronation of Miss Universe 2013. The results will be announced during the live show on November 9th. Russia will be represented by Elmira Abdrazakova, Miss Universe Russia 2013.
All contestants will start arriving in Moscow three weeks in advance before the Final show. Promotional week will take place from October 25th in the capital where ladies will appear at different events every day. The National Costume Show will take place at "VEGAS" mall. Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo will open Moscow Fashion Week on October 26th. Promenades on Red Square and Moscow parks, visiting Bolshoi Theatre, sport events are to be included as well. A National Gift Auction will also take place when the contestants present their special gifts to the auction, from their home countries.
"Miss Universe — 2013" live broadcast from Crocus City Hall, Moscow, will be watched by more than 1 billion people in over 160 countries, making the Pageant one of the most successful live shows.
The MISS UNIVERSE Pageant has been held annually since 1952. Oxana Fedorova became the first and the only winner from Russia in 2002. Olivia Culpo is the reigning Miss Universe.
Official website: www.missuniverse.com