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Oxana Fedorova, Miss Universe 2002
Oxana Fedorova (Oksana Fyodorova, Оксана Федорова in Russian) (born December 17, 1977) is a Russian Miss Universe winner (dethroned), police officer, television hostess, actress, and UNICEF representative.
Fedorova is a Russian woman who became the first Miss Russia to win the Miss Universe contest. She began in the entertainment business as a model and became Miss St. Petersburg in 1999 and Miss Russia in 2001, but declined to go to the Miss Universe 2001 pageant (where her runner-up Oxana Kalandyrets was a semifinalist).
Oxana Fedorova was born in Pskov, Russia, where she lived until she was 18. Fedorova is an only child, and she was brought up by her mother and maternal grandparents. According to Fedorova, her grandparents were very demanding of her.
Fedorova's parents divorced when she was three years old. She has not heard from her father since.
Her father was a nuclear physicist, and her mother worked as a nurse at a Psychiatric hospital (she is retired.) In school, Fedorova played volleyball and her team won the championship in the urban tournament in 1995. At the police academy, Fedorova played the saxophone as a member of the brass band.
*Cadet and beauty queen
After graduating from the police academy with a red diploma, Fedorova worked as an inspector in the Pskov militia for six months. Following her time with the force, Fedorova moved to St. Petersburg to study at the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) University, where she worked as an investigator at the Pulkovo Transport Police whilst studying. Fedorova also began to work as a model and started joining beauty pageants. She was named Miss St. Petersburg 1999, Miss Kalokagathia 1999, Miss Fitness, Miss Fortune, and Miss Russia 2001. Fedorova graduated from the MVD University with a gold medal in 2000. After that, Fedorova entered a post graduate course at the same university. When Fedorova was writing the dissertation regulating privacy and security activities there, she taught civil law to younger students. Fedorova's biggest fan base was among police colleagues.
Miss Universe 2002
The 2002 Miss Universe contest was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Federova won both the swimsuit and evening gown segments by a large margin over the other nine semi-finalists. In fact, her score of 9.88 in the swimsuit competition was the highest televised score for that event in the history of the pageant.
Upon being crowned Miss Universe 2002, Fedorova was showered with honors and gifts. Noted Russian doll designer Helen Yarmak even dedicated a doll to her. Fedorova traveled to France, Italy, Kenya, Canada, Greece, Panama, Indonesia, and Puerto Rico as Miss Universe 2002. Controversy soon loomed ahead for Fedorova, however, as she was later rumored to be pregnant.
Fedorova denied the pregnancy rumors and stated that she voluntarily gave up her crown for personal reasons, mainly because she wanted to finish her law degree. Officially, she was dethroned for failing to perform the numerous duties expected of a Miss Universe titleholder. At the time she stated in an interview that she had declined to perform her duties because she was so insulted by her treatment on The Howard Stern Show. She blamed the pageant organizers for not warning her of the frequently profane Stern commentary, of which she, as a foreigner, had no prior knowledge. The crown was passed on to Panama's Justine Pasek, the first runner-up, who consequently became her country's first Miss Universe.
Fedorova was the first Miss Universe who officially did not finish her reign (although Amparo Muñoz of Spain was "unofficially" dethroned in 1974). Although the Miss Universe Organisation refuses to recognize Fedorova as a former Miss Universe, she is generally regarded as one by the public.
Fedorova obtained a Ph.D in Civil Law in December 2002. Fedorova is continuing her career as a police officer and was promoted to the ranks of Captain in September 2002 and Major in 2005.
Since the end of her reign, Fedorova became a household name in Russia by hosting the country's most popular children's television show, Spokoinoi Nochi, Malyshi ("Good Night, Children") since December 2002.
In October 2003, Spokoinoi Nochi, Malyshi won the a TEFI award for Best Children's Show. (TEFI are Russian television production awards.)
Other television appearances
-On 25 June 2002 she featured in The Howard Stern Show with Robin Quivers 
-Fedorova was a presenter for the reality television show -Fort Boyard: Russia, in 2003 and 2004.
-Fedorova became one of the judges for the reality television show You Are a Supermodel in 2004.
-Fedorova has co-hosted a home improvement television show
Subbotnik since September 2004.
-On New Year's Eve 2004, Fedorova co-hosted a special program to celebrate the new year.
-In October 2005, Fedorova received the Russian Club of Orthodox Maecenases Award for "Active Participation in Development of Social Projects".
-Fedorova judged the Miss Kursk Pageant in 2006.
-Fedorova returned to Fort Boyard: Russia in 2006 as a contestant.
-In March 2006, Fedorova made her acting debut, appearing in the top-rated Russian television sitcom Ne Rodis' Krasivoy (Be Not Born Beautiful).
-In late 2006, Fedorova appeared on the television show, Dancing With The Stars 2: Russian Version. She made it to the Top 5.
In September, her first film, Sofia, was released.
Max Factor Cosmetics
Oxana becomes the face of Max Factor-Russia in 2007.
On March 2007, Oxana signed an endorsement deal with the Russian company, Lusin.
In recent years, Fedorova decided to become active in Russian politics. She ran as a candidate for the Russian Party of Life in December 2003 for the State Duma elections, but was defeated.
In March 2005, Fedorova again ran for a political position, this time in the regional Voronezh, Duma elections, but was once more defeated at the polls.
In August 2005, several Russian newspapers, including Komsomolskaya Pravda, reported that they expected Fedorova would try to win a seat in the upper house representing the Tula region. However, Fedorova did not run, as she told news media that she had put her political career on hold.
It is also of note that Fedorova was an agent for Sergey Mironov, leader of the Russian Party of Life, during the 2004 Presidential election.
Fedorova became co-chairman for the Energy of Life youth movement for the Russian Party of Life in 2003.
Fedorova has been representing UNICEF in Russia since May 2006.
During her school days, Fedorova participated in volleyball, hand-to-hand fighting and shooting. Her speed in disassembling and assembling a Kalashnikov rifle is one of her specialities, and she has called firing weapons her "favorite pastime".
Fedorova especially likes dogs and owns a Terrier, a Mastiff and two Shepherds.
Fedorova is an Orthodox Christian.
Fedorova has often told the media that she would like to be a mother. At present, she is single, after the end of a 7-year relationship in 2006.
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