California Beauty Queen with a Big Heart


Olga Sigmundson - Main Image

Olga Sigmundson
Miss Russian California 2017

Despite her young age, Olga has already become a successful model, having worked for such famous brands as MAC Cosmetics, Nike, Apple and Chick-fil-A. She is a member of the Junior Olympic Team in rhythmic gymnastics and teaches a business program at Berkeley for international students. In addition, she just launched her own O’lala Design jackets line, raising funds for orphanages and children’s hospitals in Ukraine.

Some of my most boring interviews happen to be with the winners of beauty pageants. Most of the questions are predictable and the answers are cliché like, “I want to save the world and feed the hungry.” I can usually summarize them like this: “The conversation was nice but meaningless.”

Meeting with Olga Sigmundson, the 19-year-old winner of Miss Russian California 2017, dispelled my pessimistic premonitions in the first five minutes. Rather, she was feminine, charming, positive, ambitious and talented. She won me over with her sincerity and positive outlook on the world.

“When I heard that I was the First Place Winner, I was overflowing with emotions. I wasn’t even planning on taking first place. I applied because I wanted to enjoy the contest itself, the atmosphere, the stage and the performance.”

Her Heritage

Olga was born in the stunning city of Odessa, which even Ukrainians themselves call a “country within a country.” She spent her childhood on the shores of the Black Sea, taking in Odessa’s sense of humor, the local character and charm, and her favorite apple buns baked by her grandmother. At 8 years old, our beauty queen left her homeland and immigrated to the USA.

Her Cheerleader

To Olga, her mom is her guiding star. When you see such a strong mother-daughter bond, your heart can’t help but melt at the sweet sight. Olga’s mom is her best friend, adviser and PR manager. This heart-to-heart connection has helped Olga become a successful and self-sufficient girl who believes in herself and her abilities. She boldly strives towards her grand goals and plans with her mom supporting her through it all.

Her Aspirations

The name “Olga” means “holy” which really fits our beauty queen. As a teen, she founded a company called “We Believe” with the mission of supporting and inspiring children through education and motivation. Olga used the scholarship funds she received for winning the pageant to visit her homeland and help children with cancer. She has also put together a series of master classes for kids in local schools and regional hospitals. Her visit attracted lots of media attention from local TV stations.

Olga Sigmundson - Olala Couture

Olala Couture


Raising funds for children in Ukraine was an ongoing challenge. It wasn’t that people refused to help but rather the fact that the amount collected was not enough to make a difference. Looking for a way to fund her charity projects, Olga launched “O’lala design,” her own clothing line which offers custom designer jackets detailed and embroidered by hand. Olga wants to use the proceeds from selling the jackets for charity.

Olga Sigmundson - Blitz Quiz

Blitz Quiz

Cat or Dog: Cat

BMW or Mercedes: BMW

French Fries or Salad: French Fries

Heels or Ballet Flats: Heels

Movie or Book: Movie

Music or Dance: Dance

Money or Fame: Money

Favorite Dessert: Buns with Apples & Poppy Seeds

Favorite Dish: Sushi

Favorite Sport: Yoga, Gymnastics

Sexiest Trait in a Man: Sense of Humor

Perfect World: One without orphans and cancer




Olga Garicichina

Russian Time Magazine Assistant Editor

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