NEW YORK – The former Miss Russia, Oxana Federova, has been stripped of her Miss Universe title less than four months into her reign because she refused to fulfill the obligations of the title.
"She's an unbelievable beauty, and an unbelievably spoiled bitch," said one insider. "She doesn't want to do anything."
The new Miss Universe, Justine Pasek of Panama, was the first-runner-up on May 29 in Puerto Rico when Federova was crowned.
Donald Trump, who owns the pageant, told the New York Post, "It's too bad it didn't work out better with Oxana, but our new Miss Universe is equally beautiful and she is a tremendous crowd-pleaser."
Federova is kept in the lap of luxury in Russia by a well-connected boyfriend who showers her with gifts. "He's taken care of her since she was 16," said a source.
Pageant officials were said to have been concerned that Federova might be secretly married to her boyfriend, which would be a violation of the Miss Universe rules.
"She's gained about 15 pounds and we think she might be pregnant," said one insider.
As Miss Universe, Federova was expected to travel extensively making personal appearances. But she allegedly refused a number of assignments, including the live, two-hour prime-time broadcast of the 2002 Miss Teen USA Competition on CBS.
A letter sent last week informed Federova she'd been canned. It read, in part, "Your continuing refusal to perform your duties as a Miss Universe titleholder has, and will, cost the Miss Universe Organization hundreds of thousands of dollars while gravely affecting our reputation."
Her successor, Pasek, said, "I will work to make this transition as easy as possible."