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One of Miss USA 2017 contestants is Ukrainian

One of Miss USA 2017 contestants is UkrainianFive of the contestants vying for the Miss USA title have an immigrant background. Among them Miss Connecticut Olga Litvinenko which was born in Ukraine.

This is reported by The Associated Press.

Like thousands of other immigrants, Olga Litvinenko moved to the U.S. with her family after her mother won the lottery for a green card. She was 3 when they relocated from Ukraine a few years after the Soviet Union collapsed.

The 27-year-old business owner ventured into pageants when she could no longer play basketball after injuring a foot in high school. She won Miss Connecticut Teen on her first try but had to compete five times to reach the Miss USA competition. Her persistence, Litvinenko said, shows that every effort counts.

"I want to showcase that no matter who you are, no matter what your background is, your size or what you have done in the past, through hard work and discipline, through perseverance and determination, you really can achieve what you put your heart towards."

The Miss USA competition airs Sunday from Las Vegas.
One of Miss USA 2017 contestants is Ukrainian
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