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Miss Israel to Compete in Russia for 'Miss Universe' Title

Yityish 'Titi' Ayanaw is the first woman of Ethiopian origin to represent Israel in pageant.

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Miss Israel will be one of 85 beauty queens from around the world to compete in the Miss Universe competition in Moscow next week.

This will mark the first time that the beauty pageant, which will take place on Saturday November 9, has been held in Russia in its 62-year history.

Israel will be represented by Yityish "Titi" Ayanaw, 22, who was born in Gondar, Ethiopia, and immigrated to Israel when she was 12. In February, she became the first woman of Ethiopian origin to win the Miss Israel competition.

On Saturday, pageant contestants descended on a Moscow mall for a swimsuit show.

Yityish 'Titi' Ayanaw, Miss Israel 2013.Credit: AFP
From left: 2013 representatives of Israel, Malaysia, Guatemala and Angola in the Miss Universe beauty pageant.Credit: AP
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Miss Russia 2013, Elmira Abdrazakova.Credit: AFP
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Yityish 'Titi' Ayanaw, Miss Israel 2013.Credit: AFP
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Contestants of the Miss Universe 2013.Credit: AFP

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