Oxana Fedorova was born in Pskov, Russia, where she lived until she was 18. Fedorova is an only child, and she was brought up by her mother, Elena, and maternalgrandparents. Fedorova's parents divorced when she was three years old. She never heard from her father Gennadiy again. In 2005 Oxana tried to find him, but discovered he had died.Her father was a nuclear physicist, and her mother worked as a nurse at a psychiatric hospital (she is retired). At the police academy, Fedorova played the saxophone as a member of the brass band.
Cadet and Beauty Queen
After graduating from the police academy with a red diploma (i.e. with honours), Fedorova worked as an inspector in the Pskov militia for six months. Following her time with the force, Fedorova moved to St. Petersburg to study at the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) University, where she worked as an investigator at the Pulkovo Transport Police whilst studying. Fedorova also began to work as a model and started to participate in beauty pageants.She was named Miss St. Petersburg 1999, Miss Kalokagathia 1999, Miss Fitness, Miss Fortune, and Miss Russia 2001, but declined to go to the 2001 Miss Universe pageant in Puerto Rico, where her runner-up Oxana Kalandyrets would become a semifinalist. Fedorova graduated from the MVD University with a gold medal in 2000. After that, she entered a post graduate program at the same university. While Fedorova wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on "Regulation of Private Detective and Security Activity in the Russian Federation," she taught Civil Law to younger students.
Miss Universe 2002
The 2002 Miss Universe contest was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Fedorova won both the swimsuit and evening gown competitions by large margins over the other nine semi-finalists. Upon being crowned Miss Universe 2002, Fedorova was given multiple honors and gifts. Russian designerHelen Yarmak even dedicated a doll to her. Fedorova traveled to USA, Kenya, Indonesia, Italy, France, Greece, Panama, Canada and Puerto Ricoas Miss Universe 2002. In Kenya, Fedorova toured HIV/AIDS programs in and around Nairobi, including AIDS orphanages.When she was in Indonesia, she visited Borobudur in Central Java with Puteri Indonesia 2002, Melanie Putria Dewita Sari. They also met the President of Indonesia, Megawati Soekarnoputri, at her residence, Istana Negara. In Paris, France, Fedorova attended the 131st General Assembly of the International Exhibitions Bureau where she met Nobel Prize winner in physics, Zhores Alfyorov. In Italy, Fedorova helped crown Miss Universe Italy 2003, Silvia Ceccon,and while visiting Canada, Fedorova attended the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival.In Panama, Fedorova attended the contract signing that made Panama the host country of the Miss Universe 2003 pageant, and in September 2002, Fedorova returned to Puerto Rico to help crown Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2003, Carla Tricoli. Controversy soon loomed ahead for Fedorova, however, as she was later rumored to be pregnant. Fedorova denied the pregnancy rumors and stated that she voluntarily gave up her crown for personal reasons, mainly because she wanted to finish her law degree. At the time, she stated in an interview that she had declined to perform her duties because she was so insulted by her treatment on The Howard Stern Show. She blamed the pageant organizers for not warning her of the sexual questions Stern frequently asks. The crown was passed on to Panama's Justine Pasek, the first runner-up, who consequently became her country's first Miss Universe. Fedorova was the first Miss Universe who officially did not finish her reign (although the very first Miss Universe, Armi Kuusela, gave up her title a month before her reign ended and Amparo Mu�oz of Spain was "unofficially" dethroned in 1974). Although the Miss Universe Organization refuses to recognize Fedorova as a former Miss Universe, she is generally regarded as one by the public.Fedorova was named the most beautiful Miss Universe of all time by the pageantry website Global Beauties in 2011, and in a pollconducted by the The All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion in 2012, respondents named Oxana Fedorova the most beautiful woman in Russia.
On December 27, 2002, Oxana Fedorova successfully defended her doctoral thesis, and subsequently, she obtained her Ph.D. in Civil Law from the Saint Petersburg University of the Ministry of Interior of Russia (MVD University) on May 16, 2003. After receiving her Ph.D., she continued to teach at the Saint Petersburg University of the Ministry of Interior of Russia. She also continued her career as a police officer, being promoted to Captain in September 2002 and Major in 2005.