Brunette Athlete Wins Miss Bulgaria 2006
The 17-year-old girl from the town of Shumen, north-east Bulgaria, has earlier won beauty crowns, the latest being Miss Black Sea 2004.
A mathematician, Slavena has had a long sports record, running on the track field four year, playing table tennis three years, swirling in sport dances two years and eventually being engulfed by swimming.
Bulgaria's rival for Miss World 2006 in Poland is a polyglot speaking English, German and Russian.
The 20-member panel favoured also Galena Dimova for Miss Bulgaria Universe, Mariela Mumdzhieva for Miss Bulgaria-Europe and Ivelina Lashova for Miss Bulgaria Tourism.
The Internet audience has crowned Malta Pandeva for its favorite beauty.
The pageantry show has moved for the first time outside Sofia taking place in the second largest city of Plovdiv.
Actress Silvia Lulcheva and popular television anchor Milen Tsvetkov hosted the final of Miss Bulgaria 2006 on Saturday.
Lulcheva hosted the show last year as well, but then she partnered Roma music transvestite eccentric Azis.
For politics-oriented Tsvetkov, however, this weekend's fashion show was not his first experience in entertainment. The journalist was featured in the video of last year's smashing hip-hop hit "3-in-1."
The contest had inspired more than 3,200 young ladies to turn in, but only 36 were anointed to step onstage in the final round.
This year's beauty edition has run under a charity campaign aimed "To hoist the Bulgarian flag" at all public buildings. Funds will be used to fund giant-size three-colours, organisers from Visages agency explained.
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