Your Highness Grandmother pageant

Grandmothers compete for crown

Brooklyn Daily
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Brighton Beach’s most venerable damsels vied for top honors at the Your Highness Grandmother beauty pageant and talent show at the National Restaurant on Sunday, where both Anna Malkina and Bella Deleu were named co-queens for their beauty and grace.

“Age is just a number,” says Raisa Chernina, who founded the pageant. “Our grandmothers love life and they show us how to keep active and vibrant, regardless of age.”

Your Highness Grandmother is held annually in Brighton Beachsince its inception in 2002.

This year’s contest was flush with colorful 19th century Russian garb, and winner Anna Malkina adorned a whole troop of dancers with vibrant costumes as she sang the traditional ode, “Moskva Zlatoglava­ya,” which translates — roughly — to “Golden Domes of Moscow.”

“Some of it I bought, and some of it I made myself,” said Malkina, speaking of the traditional garb. “It was something my grandmother wore in the 1890s.”

Among Malkina’s lovely backups was Fira Stukelman, who celebrated her 80th birthday earlier this month, but certainly seemed spry on the dance floor.

“I am a dancer,” said Stukelman. “Last week, I was 80 years old, and I celebrated my jubilee. I danced on my birthday, and I danced many different dances. I dance all my life. I love it.”

And as much as Stukelman loves to dance, Malkina loves to sing. Aside from beauty pageants, she loves regaling both Russian and American audiences with her angelic voice.

“That’s why I study English,” said Malkina. “Sometimes I translate from English to Russian, and sometimes from Russian to English. I love to sing.”

For all their hard work, sparkling crowns were placed upon the winners’ heads, and both were bestowed with trophies, bouquets, and other gifts.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Hey there, Brooklyn Daily reader!

Yes, you’re in the right place — Brooklyn Paper is the new online home of

So bookmark this page, and remember check it throughout the day for the latest stories from your neighborhood — and across this great borough of ours.