Beauty queens from former Soviet Union nations battled it out for the title of Miss USSR UK on Sunday night.
Ten glamorous contestants donned vibrant traditional costumes and stripped down to their swimwear as they took to the stage at London’s Proud Embankment nightclub for the annual event.
At the end of a vibrant evening featuring performances, catwalks and an appearance from a professional singer, Zara King, of Uzbekistan, was crowned this year’s winner.
Zhibek Kholdas, 23, represents Kazakhstan at the Miss USSR UK competition in London
Russia’s Ekaterina Ivashchenko, 29, dons an elaborate white ballgown as she takes to the stage
The winner of last night’s contest was 26-year-old interior designer Zara King, from Uzbekistan
Miss USSR UK, established in 2012, is a beauty pageant open to women from 15 former Soviet Union countries.
It is organised by Russian entrepreneur and former club promoter Julia Titova, who has built the brand into a formal event attended by some 3,000 guests.
The website boasts it also attracts ‘world renowned public figures, A-list celebrities, top models and prominent brand names’.
While some pageants can appear stiff and overly staged, Miss USSR UK featured a light-hearted dance routine in which the swimsuit-clad contestants ended up dancing between the guests’ dinner tables with clear plastic umbrellas.
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Anna Dmitrenko, 22, another Russian contestant, looked elegant in a red floor-length gown
Miss Kholdas, 23, had a costume change before returning in this intricate pink gown
Restaurant manager Jelena Adomauskaite, 26, from Lithuania, flashed a dazzling smile
The 10 finalists stripped down to black swimsuits to show off their skills with a dance routine
Russian make-up artist Anastasia Lienbo, 29, looked confident in a black and red ensemble
Yet another Russian contestant, Antonina Abramova, 27, offered for a bridal-inspired gown
Personal trainer Anastasia Abakumova, 27, from Russia, wore sky blue for the pageant
The 10 finalists done dark sunglasses as they strike a pose in their racy cut-out swimsuits
Ukrainian yoga instructor Lilia Klimenko, 26, smiled as she made her way onto the stage
Winner Zara King impressed the judges with her performance at the pageant on Sunday night
The beauty queens came together in a cabaret style line-up during the dance routine
There was a party atmosphere in the air as the women came down and mingled in the crowd
The contestants twirled between the dinner tables, waving clear plastic umbrellas in the air
Miss USSR UK 2017 Anastasia Boil posed in a feminine ballgown as she arrived at the event