Former Miss Moscow converts to Islam, marries the King of Malaysia who is 24 years her senior
25-year-old Oksana Voevodina married 49-year-old Muhammad V of Kelantan in an extravagant alcohol-free wedding ceremony that took place in Moscow
A beauty queen from Russia has now become the first lady of Malaysia after she married the country's ruling king. 25-year-old Oksana Voevodina married 49-year-old Muhammad V of Kelantan in an extravagant wedding ceremony that took place in Moscow after she converted to Islam earlier in the year.
The doctor's daughter won the Miss Moscow title in 2015 and has worked previously as a model in China and Thailand. The new Queen is 24 years younger than her husband who is known as Yang di-Pertuan Agong and referred to as "Your Majesty" by his citizens. His full name is Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra ibni Tengku Ismail Petra.
Islam News reported that the wedding ceremony took place on November 22 inside a concert hall in the upscale neighborhood of Barvikha in Moscow. The Malaysian monarch, who was elected and has been on the throne since 2016, has still not made it clear how he met his bride, reported the Daily Mail.
Before she became the queen, Voevodina said: "When I was at school I was a kind of bandit. I liked some skaters, bikes, VMX, guys who took part in competitions. I love riding a bike too. I think that the man must be the head of the family and of course shall not earn less than a woman."
Sembah Tahniah kepada SPB YDPA Sultan Muhammad V diatas pernikahan tuanku..— Is Hamid (@su_is91) November 24, 2018
Rakyat bersyukur dan berbangga menerima Permaisuri Agong.
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The wedding was reported to be alcohol-free and all the food served was halal. The king was dressed up in Malaysia's national clothes while his bride wore a white dress. Voevodina also took on the Muslim name Rihana.
According to Malaysian news portal rakyatku.com, the former Miss Moscow converted to Islam on April 16, 2018. Not much is known of Mayalasia's new queen and it is not clear if she was married before since she used the surname Voevodina in her career.
It is reported that now, however, she will be reverting back to her father's surname of Gorbatenko. Local media in Kuala Lumpur report that she will be known in the near future as Rihana Oxana Gorbatenko. Andrey Gorbatenko, the former beauty queen's father, is an orthopedic surgeon from Rostov-on-Don. He is believed to be in his late 50s. Voevodina said that when she was competing in the Miss Moscow pageant in 2015, he was the one who helped her through her nervousness in the final.
Cinta tidak membezakan bangsa. Hanya rasis yang suka membeza-bezakan bangsa, suku kaum dan keturunan.— Fahmi Reza (@kuasasiswa) November 25, 2018
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She said: "When I was performing [at the contest] there was my father sitting in the hall and he was like a reference point for me. I was watching only him and performing only for him. Because I knew if I do something wrong, papa is papa, he would never say anything and he would not ever condemn. He would just smile and say: 'It's OK, just get up and go on'. So I felt strong support from his side." She also claimed that she only realised the power of her looks when she went to university to study.
She said: "I was the tallest in my class (at school) and the most slim, and I was a bit worried about that. Only when I was at university, did I realise that this was my strong side. Young guys started to pay attention and I realised that they looked at me more often than at fat and not very tall girls."
Around the time she won the Miss Moscow crown, Voevodina insisted that she did not have a man in her life because she hadn't found the right one. She said: "I do not have a boyfriend. And I think that it would be harder for me to win if I had. Because every boyfriend, if he let his girl go to the beauty contest, she won't be his girlfriend anymore."
She continued: "Because she will get lots of attention, secondly she doesn't have any time for a private life and finally I think it will be a distraction. I will have the relations when my heart will tell. So far it is silent." After she won the Miss Moscow title, she said: "'My hobby is the design of female clothes and swim suits. I sew women's clothes by order, too."
Voevodina's mother used to be a beauty contestant in a local contest in Penza in the early 1990s. This is said to be soon after the collapse of the USSR. Malaysia's new queen said in previous interviews that she had many ambitions of being a fashion designer. She has also made a collection of swimwear of which some were worn by other beauty pageant contestants.