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Miss Canada wins Miss Universe 2005

23-year-old Natalie Glebova of Canada was crowned Miss Universe 2005 in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 30, 2005. Check out more details about this beautiful lady.

india Updated: Aug 19, 2006 10:25 IST

23-year-old Natalie Glebova of Toronto, Canada, was crowned Miss Universe 2005 in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 30th, 2005. This coveted moment was quite an accomplishment for Natalie; just 11 years earlier she and her parents immigrated to Canada with only one wicker case filled with their belongings.

Glebova, an only child to parents Anna Glebova and Vlad Slezin, was born in a small coastal town in Russia and moved to Toronto when she was 12. Although Russian by birth, Natalie adores the country she now calls home and is proud to call herself a Canadian.

"Winning the Miss Universe competition is definitely the embodiment of the American/Canadian dream," Glebova said. "One of the best things about Canada is that people from different cultures and backgrounds are universally accepted. No matter what your history, once you arrive in Canada, youíre accepted as a Canadian."

A rhythmic gymnast throughout her childhood and adolescence, Natalie was a member of local and regional teams and competed in a number of tournaments growing up. She is also a classical pianist and composer and has studied at the Professional Music School in Russia. Her other interests include outdoor sports such as biking, rollerblading, swimming as well as ballet and figure skating.

Prior to being crowned Miss Universe 2005, Natalie was a motivational speaker, 

model and a fundraiser. She recently received a Bachelors Degree in Information Technology Management and Marketing from Ryerson University and aspires to be a business owner in the communications and/or public relations field.

Continuing the crusade of her predecessors, Glebova spent the early part of her year increasing awareness about HIV/AIDS and the research needed to find a cure for the deadly disease. Her year-long reign began with a highly publicized trip to South Africa where she publicly took an HIV test, setting an example for the world the importance of getting tested.

On this same trip Natalie met with Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and visited children living with HIV and AIDS. She will spend the remainder of her year traveling the globe as an ambassador for organizations such as the Global Health Council, amfAR, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and Godís Love We Deliver.

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