April 14, 2004
Beauty Pageants in the Age of the Internet


The largest internet vote ever in Russia was not about Putin, but rather about this girl, who received 40,000 votes to represent Russia in the Miss Universe contest.

"Ivan Zassoursky, the beauty pageant's producer, argued that the popularity of the online contest had drawn attention to Alyona.

'This competition has set two records,' he told BBC News Online.

'It is the largest ever internet vote in Russia and the first nationwide beauty pageant to be held without a jury - as far as I know, in the world.'

'The reason why the Alyona phenomenon arose is that it was an open choice - ordinary people could vote freely.'"

How beautiful.

Posted by tmonkey at April 14, 2004 02:23 PM
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