Yulia Andreevna Lemigova
26 June 1972
|Occupation||Former fashion model|
|Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Title||Miss USSR 1990|
|Miss USSR 1990|
Miss Universe 1991
Julia Lemigova, born Yulia Andreevna Lemigova (Russian: Юлия Андреевна Лемигова; born 26 June 1972) is a Russian former model who was Miss USSR 1990, and is married to Martina Navratilova. She is a cast member of the Bravo reality television series The Real Housewives of Miami.
Julia Lemigova is the daughter of a Red Army colonel.
Lemigova was first runner-up at Miss USSR in 1990, elevated to be crowned Miss USSR following the disqualification of the original winner, Maria Kezha, for being underage.
As Miss USSR 1990, Lemigova represented the Soviet Union at the Miss Universe 1991 pageant, where she placed 2nd runner-up.[a]
Lemigova moved to Western Europe after being crowned Miss USSR, eventually basing herself in Paris, where she opened her first well-being center, Joiya spa, in 2003, and launched a skincare and spa line, Russie Blanche, in 2009.
In 2021, Lemigova was announced as a cast member on season 4 of The Real Housewives of Miami, making her the third former Miss Universe finalist to join a Real Housewives franchise after Kenya Moore (Miss USA 1993, Miss Universe 1993 Top 6 Finalist) from Atlanta (seasons 5-10, 12-present) and Joyce Giraud (Miss Universe Puerto Rico 1998, Miss Universe 1998 2nd-Runner-Up) from Beverly Hills (season 4).
In 1997, Lemigova became romantically linked to banker Édouard Stern, with whom she had a son, Maximilian, who died of shaken baby syndrome while in the care of a new nanny. She has two daughters, Victoria, born in 2001, and Emma, born in 2005. Lemigova married her long-term partner Martina Navratilova in New York on 15 December 2014.