|The newly-crowned 63rd Miss Universe, Paulina Vega from Colombia.|
And we have our new Miss Universe!
Paulina Vega Dieppa of Colombia trumped the 63rd edition of Miss Universe and was crowned as the brightest and the most beautiful woman among the 88 gorgeous beauties from the different parts of the globe who competed for the title in a three-week stint held in Doral, Miami, Florida, USA. She was crowned by the outgoing titleholder Gabriela Isler of Venezuela during the glittering coronation finale staged inside the Arena of Florida International University.
|The Top 5!|
Trailing an inch closer behind the top winner was Nia Sanchez of USA who emerged as the First Runner-Up with Diana Harkusha of Ukraine as Second Runner-Up while the final contenders from Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen and Jamaica's Kaci Fennell nabbed the Third and the Fourth Runner-Up honors respectively.
|Some of the girls in the Top 15|
Philippines' Mary Jean Lastimosa, Argentina's Valentina Ferrer, Spain's Desire Ferrer Cordero, Australia's Tegan Martin and Venezuela's Migbelis Castellanos were able to go as far as this edition's Top 10 Finalists. While the delegates from France Camille Cerf, Brazil Melissa Gurgel Italy Valentina Bonariva, India Noyonita Lodh and Indonesia Elvira Devinamira managed to secure a commendable spot in the Top 15 Semi-final round.
|The Top 15|
Special Awardees of the night were as follows:
Miss Congeniality - Queen Celestine of Nigeria
Miss Photogenic - Gabriela Berrios of Puerto Rico
Best in National Costume - Elvira Devinamira of Indonesia
|Philippines' Mary Jean Lastimosa in her Alfredo Barazza evening gown.|
|Philippines in her national costume|
created by Colombian designer
It has always been the eternal sentiments of Filipino pageant enthusiasts around the world that the Miss Universe franchise in the Philippines should be given to a 'REAL' Filipino and not to a Colombian national! Unless someone will buy the MUP, then the franchise will still remain in Stella Araneta's hands:)