A Russian woman won the Miss World 2008 title. And on December 12, Moscow was host to a Miss Constitution pageant, organized by the Nashi youth group.
The "Los Angeles Times" has a fantastic write-up:
"Who is the only source of authority in the Russian Federation?" the announcer asked.
"The multiethnic people of the Russian Federation!" one of the women fired back
It didn't always go according to the script though:
"Uh," the dimpled brunet from Moscow hesitated. "Can I call a friend?"
Still better, I guess, than the standard fare of " How would you achieve world peace?" or "What is the greatest gift you can give a child?"
-- Luke Allnutt