By Laman Ismayilova
Istanbul hosted the final of beauty pageant Best Model of the World 2016.
With more than 30 models in attendance, the grand contest of beauty Onur Seyit Yaran (Turkey) and Joy Akpokinova from Nigeria as winners.
Azerbaijani models also awarded honorably titles in the evening hosted by Ece Gursel.
Zahra Garakhanova appeared in the final evening in national dress designed by Gulnara Khalilova, who is the head of the Center of National Costumes. Her elegance and grace thrilled international community, gaining her a recognition of the most charming model at the contest.
Another national model, Yusif Jafarli became the winner in two categories: Best Catwalk and Best Press.
At the contest, Azerbaijani models appeared in stunning gowns and suits by legendary national couturier Yildirim Miruka.
The jury included the President of the competition Erkan Ozerman, art and cultural figures including Emel Muftuoglu, Robert Hatemo, Tugba Yurt, Chaglayan Topaloglu, Omur Gedik as well as Azerbaijani model Gunay Musayeva and national designer Rufat Ismayil.
The Best Model of the World has been held every year since 1955.