Backstage photos and video of the first beauty contest in the USSR

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30 years ago, the Moscow Beauty - 88 contest was held in the USSR, which is officially considered the first Soviet beauty contest. Initially, it was supposed to be called "Miss Moscow", but since there were many contenders from different regions, they decided to accept all the worthy ones, and the contest was renamed
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According to Leonid Yakubovich, the leader and one of the organizers of the competition, the instruction to hold it in the Soviet Union came from the Central Committee. “Someone in the Central Committee of the party gave the command. She went through all the instances and reached Mosconcert, where we were called. ”
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The initiator of the competition was “MK”, and the overall supervision of the competition was entrusted to the Department of Culture by the Executive Committee of the Moscow Council. However, among the organizers there was some difference in the understanding of the phenomenon
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At a press conference, Secretary of the Moscow City Committee of the Komsomol V.Pan'kin put it this way: “Our competition is not at all commercial, it carries an important, socially transforming function — to save a woman from urbanization, from being lost in a crowd.” How a demonstration of semi-nude young bodies can enhance the prestige of a woman in society is difficult to imagine, but be that as it may, the competition took place and was held with great success.
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A cry was given throughout the country that a set was announced to participate in the first Soviet beauty contest. The selection took a few days, and the organizers did not expect such a stir from the female half of the population. The queue of volunteers reached several kilometers. Moreover, the public was very diverse: schoolgirls, married ladies, women with children, and even pretenders with large forms.
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Applicants for days stood in line to fill out a form to participate.
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Due to the fact that such an event was held in the country for the first time, the organizers at first could not even decide on the rules and rounds of the competition.
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“What are the parameters to select beauties? We didn’t know that, ”recalls Marina Parusnikova, a journalist, a member of the organizing committee,“ Finally we decided that both married and non-resident women can be participants ”
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The selection of future contestants took place in the administration of the Gorky Park of Culture.The queue of girls who wanted to show themselves stretched for several kilometers from the Park Kultury metro station, and there were not only young women, but also young mothers with children, with husbands, with some shopping bags.
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As I said, Leonid Yakubovich was one of the organizers of the competition. At the selection, he asked the girls to show themselves, dance, lift the skirt
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Uncertainty reigned among the selection criteria for contestants
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So, any woman from 16 to 32 years old, regardless of the presence of children and marital status, as well as not conforming to the strict criteria of the generally accepted canon of a beautiful figure, could take part in the selection.
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Such a rejection of generally accepted world standards was also politically motivated, since the organizers decided to defiantly abandon the world canons of beauty and show the whole world that in a Soviet country a woman is valued not for her external data, but for her personal qualities.
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Rehearsals and some of the initial stages of the competition were held in the Crimea.
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The final of the contest “Moscow Beauty - 88” lasted 3 days, and the final stage took place on the stage of the Palace of Sports in Luzhniki.
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In the final of the competition several contestants' exits were provided for: an exit in furs, traditional for beauty contests exits in bathing suits and evening dresses, generally accepted questions.
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But the most colorful tour of the competition was the demonstration of national costumes.
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The choice of the winner, which was named Masha Kalinina, became an enigma for the whole country, as more prominent representatives were present at the competition, according to the public.
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Maria Kalinina
Some time later, Marina Parusnikova shared the secrets of how the winner was selected, and it turned out that the tenth grader Masha Kalinina was just lucky.
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“When six contestants were left in the final, we realized that we didn’t even see their passports. They looked in ... Oksana Fandera - she didn’t have a Moscow residence permit, she only came from Odessa to conquer the capital. So, for obvious reasons, we could not make it “Moscow Beauty”.
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Oksana Fandera
Looked at the passport to the other. Ira Suvorov was married with a child. It is impossible to remove her from the contest: she is one of the finalists, they decided to consider her “Mrs. Moscow”.
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Irina Suvorova
Let's go look further: Lena Durneva. Foolish, of course, but imagine: how the first Moscow beauty Elena Durneva sounds. Change her name in one day is unreal.
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Elena Durneva
There are three potential winners left: Lena Peredreeva, Katya Chilichkina and Masha Kalinina.
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Mikhail Zadornov asks questions to the finalists of the beauty contest
In fact, the question was different: Katya or Masha. Lena Peredreeva was unusually good, but she had such an image of a vamp woman who did not at all correspond to the task set for us from the top to choose a girl from the people.
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Elena Peredreeva
In fact, it was a pure lottery. Vertinskaya then said that she refuses to choose the first beauty of Moscow - let it be better not at all. What we, of course, could not allow.

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