The Miss Ukraine Universe (or Miss Universe Ukraine / Ukrainian: Міс Україна — Всесвіт) is one of the biggest beauty pageants in Ukraine. The winner represents Ukraine at the most prestigious international beauty contest "Miss Universe".
The pageant exists since 2006, after the Miss Ukraine Organization lost the Miss Universe franchise to Oleksandra Nikolayenko. The winner of the pageant represents Ukraine at the Miss Universe contest. Previously, the representative of Ukraine was chosen by the Miss Ukraine Committee.
The current holder of the Miss Ukraine Universe title is Angelina Usanova from Kyiv, who received the title on August 17, 2023.
The Miss Ukraine Universe pageant was founded in 2006 by Oleksandra Nikolayenko Ruffin.
In April 2016 Oleksandra Nikolayenko Ruffin sold the pageant. A foreign-owned international company became the new owner of the Miss Ukraine Universe beauty contest.
The current Miss Universe license holder in Ukraine and the National Director of the Miss Ukraine Universe pageant is Anna Filimonova.
Selection of the winner
Participants of the pageant should be citizens of Ukraine and have from 18 to 28 years of age.
The jury members of the contest are well-known film and television stars, athletes, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists. The jury and the honored guests of the Miss Ukraine Universe pageant: Naomi Campbell, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Joan Collins, Thomas Anders, Eric Trump, Andrii Shevchenko, Snizhana Onopko, Oleksandr Dolgopolov, Caroline Wozniacki, Paula Shugart, Miss Universe-2008 Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe-2005 Natalie Glebova, Fadil Berisha, Sherri Hill and others.
- : Declared as Winner
- : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
- : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
- : Ended as special awards winner
- The winner of Miss Ukraine Universe represents her country at the Miss Universe. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent. Before 2006 Miss Ukraine pageant sent delegates to Miss Universe pageant under Lilia Kuznetsova directorship.
|Year||Oblast||Miss Ukraine Universe||Placement at Miss Universe||Special Awards||Notes|
||Appointed — Due to the impact of The Russian War Against Ukraine, the First Runner-up of 2021 crowned as Miss Ukraine Universe 2022.|
|2020||Kyiv||Yelyzaveta Yastremska||Unplaced||Appointed — Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, the First Runner-up of 2019 crowned as the Miss Ukraine Universe 2020.|
|2016||Kyiv||Alena Spodynyuk||Unplaced||Anna Filimonova directorship.|
|2014||Kharkiv||Diana Harkusha||2nd Runner-up||Appointed — She was given the title after the original winner refused to compete at Miss Universe.|
|Lviv||Anna Andres||Did not compete||Resigned — Anna Andres withdrew from the pageant due to personal reasons.|
|2013||Vinnytsia||Olga Storozhenko||Top 10|
|2011||Odesa||Olesya Stefanko||1st Runner-up|
|2010||Kherson||Anna Poslavska||3rd Runner-up|
|2007||Kharkiv||Lyudmila Bikmullina||Top 15|
|2006||Chernivtsi||Inna Tsymbalyuk||Top 20||Oleksandra Nikolayenko directorship.|
|2004||Odesa||Oleksandra Nikolayenko||Unplaced||President of Miss Ukraine Universe from 2006 to 2015.|
|1995||Kyiv||Irina Chernomaz||Unplaced||Lilia Kuznetsova directorship.|
|Kyiv||10||1995, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020|
|Kharkiv Oblast||6||1997, 1998, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014|
|Odesa Oblast||3||2004, 2011, 2018|
|Dnipropetrovsk Oblast||2||2000, 2021|
|Zaporizhzhia Oblast||2001, 2019|
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