Brno, Czech Republic – Whether you’ve been anxiously waiting for it or not, the news are out: the Czech Republic just got its new beauty queen.
On Thursday night, Denisa Spergerova was elected Miss Czech Republic 2019 during the annual ceremony that took place in Brno, the country’s second largest city.
The 18-year-old native from the South Bohemian city of České Budějovice beat Maria Boichenko (22) from Prague, who was became first vice-Miss Czech Republic 2019, Andrea Prchalova (19) from Havlíčkův Brod and Miroslava Pikolova (24), also a native from the Czech capital. Miss Spergerova, a self-proclaimed fan of Italian and Asian cuisine, won the many prizes linked to the prestigious crown, including the free use of a flat in Prague and a car as long as she remains the Miss Czech Republic titleholder.
The event was held in the Bobycentrum of Brno, in Moravia, and included dance performances from all the finalists, followed by the presentation of robes by designer Natali Ruden, official head designer for this year’s contest, a catwalk in swimsuit and a Q&A sessions where finalists had to answer questions prepared by the jury. As past editions, the goal of the Miss Czech Republic ceremony wasn’t purely aesthetic, but was also held for charity. The money collected will go to the Czech neonatological society which handles and looks after premature newborn babies.
Miss Czech Republic 2018 Kateřina Kasanová was present in the audience, along with famous artists, singers and the top of the crop of the Czech beauty and fashion scene. Famous Czech singers performed and livened up the ceremony, including Victoria Velvet, Majk Spirit and rapper Sharlott.
This year’s jury included Czech designer Natali Ruden, Miss Czech Republic director Taťána Makarenko, TV program head Óčko Alexandr Guha and winner of last year’s pageant Kateřina Kasanová.
Taťána Makarenko, director of the Czech competition, stated that Miss Spergerova and the other finalists will represent the Czech Republic at the international beauty competitions later this year, including Miss World, Miss International and Miss Intercontinental. The 2019 Miss World finale, the 69th edition of the longest-running international beauty pageant, will take place in Pattaya, Thailand, this year, the Miss World Organization announced earlier this month.
The Czech Republic has already won the Miss World pageant in 2006 (Taťána Kuchařová), the only time a Central European beauty queen won the coveted award after Poland’s Aneta Kręglicka in 1989. Worldwide, the countries that have won the most Miss World titles are India and Venezuela (both 6), followed by the U.K. (5 wins) and South Africa, the United States, Iceland, Jamaica and Sweden (3 wins each).