Natalia Gantimurova and Ivian Sarcos crown the winner of "Miss Russia 2012"

Miss Russia 2012 is Elizaveta Golovanova, 18 years old, from Smolensk. She is 1.78 m-tall.  The beauty was crowned during the 20th anniversary of the country’s biggest pageant, on March 3rd.

The new Miss Russia received the sash from the hands of Ivian Sarcos, Miss World 2011, who was a special guest at the pageant’s 20th anniversary edition; and was crowned by Miss Russia 2011 and Miss World quarter-finalist Natalya Gantimurova.

In addition, Anastasia Pominova from Voronezh was chosen as the winner of the popular vote, conducted by Woman magazine.

The new Russian beauty queen will wear the crown worth USD 1-million during her year of reign, and will represent her country in Miss World 2012, in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China, on August 18; and depending on the results, she will also participate in the 2012 Miss Universe pageant, in December.

L-R: 1st runner-up Gontar, Winner Golovanova, and 2nd runner-up Shishkova

Kristina Gontar, from Zheleznodorozhny, was the 1st runner-up; and Alena Shiskova,  Tyumen, finished as 2nd runner-up.  50 women competed in the annual event, which had a reunion of former Miss Russia titleholders.


Miss World Ivian Sarcos and Miss Russia 2011 Natalia Gantimurova with the new winner and her runner-ups

"Miss Russia 2012" wins USD 100,000


The $1 million crown fell to the floor moments after the crowning

Elizabeta will now represent Russia at the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants this year.