Saturday, November 13, 2004

( )The Goris teenager (who was runner up for Miss Armenia 2003) was chosen over more than 30 other beauties in the competition that is part of a tourism expo held for the past 11 years.

Since independence, Armenian girls have entered dozens of pageants, but this is the first time one has come home with the top prize.

“All this was so unexpected to me,” said excited Anush upon her return to Armenia. “I took part in the contest very unexpectedly being late for 10 days, and my victory, just like my participation was a surprise.”

For winning, Miss Tourism 2004 receives $10,000 and a cup made of China porcelain. Second place went to a girl from Singapore, third to Estonia and fourth, to Russia.
Anush says she was proud to be Armenia’s ambassador in China.

“My victory made many learn about Armenia, that it was the first to adopt Christianity and is attractive for visiting,” she says. “Besides we were representing our values. I was the face of Armenia, but even the name of our country was unknown to many, and everybody was asking me where Armenia is.”

Contestants were judged on appearance, ability to communicate (Anush speaks four languages), and other merits.

The beauty queen, a student at Brusov State Linguistics University, says pageants are just a hobby for her, and that upon her graduation she’ll pursue her major interest, journalism.

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