Larissa Petrosyan also known as Lara Yan professionally was born in Telavi, Georgia and is Armenian-Georgian. Yan has competed in a handful of pageants since 2009 and is currently signed to IC Model Management in Tbilisi. In 2017 Yan received the 1st Runner-Up title at the Miss Georgia Competition and was selected as Miss Georgia of 2018 which will allow her to compete in the Miss Universe 2018 competition in Bangkok, Thailand on December 17, 2018. Georgia has been participating in the Miss Universe pageant since 2004 with very little luck. Yan is hoping to place at the international pageant.
Prior to her placement at the Miss Georgia 2017 competition, Yan competed previously in Miss Globe Georgia 2009 and won the crown, which allowed her to go on and compete at Miss Globe 2010 where she placed within the top 10. Additionally, Yan placed 1st Runner-Up at the Miss National Georgia 2011 competition and in the Top 3 at the Miss Pearl Of World 2011 competition. Yan was the Runner Up at the Miss Galaxy 2013 competition and in 2013 Yan won the Miss Asia and Oceania competition. Yan placed within the Top 5 finalists in the Miss Golden Globe 2014 competition and 2nd Runner-Up at the Miss Planet 2014 competition. She did not compete between 2014 and 2017 until the Miss Georgia 2017 competition where she received the 1st Runner-Up title.