Bulgarian Chukanova Wins Prestigious US Beauty Contest

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Bulgarian, Laura Chukanova, has become Miss Utah USA 2009 and will now go on to represent the Beehive state in the prestigious Miss USA pageant on April 19, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Friday.

Miss Utah USA 2009 wasn't Chukanova's first pageant. She also participated last year and finished as third runner-up. When she was 17, she took part in Miss Sandy pageant.

"It's not about being skinny at all," Chukanova said, adding that her size 8 was good enough to win the title. "... It's about being healthy."

Chukanova said she is not nervous about the upcoming Miss USA pageant, but she most likely will be as the date approaches. She doesn't do anything special to prepare herself for the competition, except working out every day and staying healthy.

"Don't think about what judges might want," she said. "Say and do what you really want, and it'll come off better, so that's my strategy: just to be myself."

Chukanova, 22, is currently a senior majoring in international studies and minoring in leadership studies and art history. She works at U's Career Services as a peer adviser and helps students write resumes, cover letters and get involved with extracurricular activities to build their resumes.

"She has taken the initiative to really help us develop some programming to let students know leadership roles are important to employees," said Stan Inman, Career Services director.

Chukanova came to the Salt Lake City, United States from Sofia, Bulgaria, when she was a 5-year-old girl. Her father is a scientist who was invited to California for research purposes. His work then brought him and his family to Utah in the early 1990s.

"For the people that come here and follow their path, it's possible to improve their life and become better," said Chukanova.
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xNELLIEx - 7 Feb 2009 // 19:32:21


Are you sure you can read English?

This girl won the Miss Utah contest and is now going to represent Utah in the Miss USA contest. And even if she wins Miss USA, this is not the most prestigious title. The most prestigious title is still Miss America.

Any fat cat - such as Donald Trump - can start a beauty pageant - Miss USA, Miss teen USA, Mrs. USA, Miss teen America, MRS. America, etc. It means exactly nothing.

mikelarts - 7 Feb 2009 // 07:12:59

Forget Nellies normally negativism.
The bottom line is this young lady took the USA crown, not just Utah.

resipsaloquitur - 7 Feb 2009 // 01:41:08

it seems you do NOT live in USA ...otherweise you will know that in UTAH there

are NOT so many BLOND,BLUEEYED people.

I was in July 2004 in Salt Lake City,stopped there for some days on the way to


You are right that the Mormones are conservative but I liked the way they bring up their children.

Anyway...I did not see so many BLOND women there...this is NOT Los angeles

with aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall the BLONDIES from the bottle!

xNELLIEx - 6 Feb 2009 // 21:36:30

WOW! With all the beautiful blue-eyed blonds in Utah they could not find anyone more representative of the Utah population? Utah - that's those conservative Mormons whose Church does not allow them to participate in morally corrupt activities like competing in beauty contests.

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