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Newly Crowned Miss Universe Japan Criticized for Not Being Japanese Enough

Newly Crowned Miss Universe Japan Criticized for Not Being Japanese Enough

Originally posted 03/23/2015 07:00PM

Japan's newest Miss Universe contestant is breaking barriers – but not everybody is happy about it.

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Miss Universe Paulina Vega: 'Now I Am Living the Dream'

Miss Universe Paulina Vega: 'Now I Am Living the Dream'

Originally posted 01/26/2015 02:30PM

It's a happy day in Colombia.

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Sofia Vergara's Huge Engagement Ring: Here's an Up-Close Look (VIDEO)

Originally posted 01/26/2015 07:40AM

Sofia Vergara hit the 2015 SAG Awards red carpet hard Sunday, stepping out for her first red carpet with fiancée Joe Mangianiello, getting handsy with Hot Pursuit costar Reese Witherspoon and oh yeah, showing off her small meteorite of an engagement ring on the mani-cam.

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And the New Miss Universe Is ...

Miss Colombia Paulina Vega Wins Miss Universe

Originally posted 01/25/2015 11:10PM

Which international beauty took home this year's Miss Universe crown?

That would be the lovely Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega.

Vega stole the judges' hearts at the 63td annual pageant in Miami – which aired on NBC on Sunday night – beating out 88 other contestants, including finalists from Jamaica, Netherlands, Ukraine and Miss USA, Nia Sanchez, who was first runner up.

Vega, 22, hails from Barranquilla and is currently a business administration major at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota.

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Which Miss Universe Contestant Is a Carpenter? Fun Facts About the Candidates

Which Miss Universe Contestant Is a Carpenter? Fun Facts About the Candidates

Originally posted 01/23/2015 11:15PM

And which one knocked out someone else's teeth? What to know about 10 of this year's contenders

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Miss Honduras Loses 40 Lbs. Before Miss Universe Pageant

Miss Honduras Loses 40 Lbs. Before Miss Universe Pageant

Originally posted 01/23/2015 07:15PM

As Gabriela Ordoñez prepares to represent her country as Miss Honduras in the 63rd annual Miss Universe Pageant on Sunday, following a strict crash diet is the last thing on her agenda.

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Miss Lebanon's Selfie with Miss Israel Causes Stir at Pageant

Miss Lebanon's Selfie with Miss Israel Causes Stir at Pageant

Originally posted 01/18/2015 04:10PM

Even Miss Universe contestants have to deal with earthly problems.

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Former Miss Spain Comes Out as Gay

Former Miss Spain Comes Out as Gay

Originally posted 08/25/2014 01:15PM

The former Miss Spain has come out as a lesbian, reportedly making her the first openly gay national beauty queen.

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Miss Universe 2013 Winner Is Crowned

Miss Universe 2013 Winner Is Crowned

Originally posted 11/09/2013 11:00PM

A 25-year-old Venezuelan who appears on TV in her country and is an accomplished flamenco dancer is the new Miss Universe.

Gabriela Isler was crowned Saturday night in the pageant at a sprawling exhibition hall on Moscow's outskirts.

In the excitement just after the announcement, the tiara fell off Isler's head as she was being crowned by Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo of the United States. Isler caught the crown laughing.

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Miss Universe Olivia Culpo Under Investigation for Taj Mahal Shoot

Olivia Culpo Under Investigation by Indian Police for Taj Mahal Shoot

Originally posted 10/12/2013 02:30PM

Indian police have filed a case against the current Miss Universe, American Olivia Culpo, for an unauthorized fashion shoot at the Taj Mahal, India's white-marble monument to love, a police officer said Thursday.

Police Inspector Sushant Gaur said Culpo and others in her group are accused of violating India's Heritage Act. Culpo, from Cranston, R.I., was on a 10-day visit to India.

He said they shot a commercial for footwear at the Taj Mahal on Sunday without the permission of the state-run Archaeological Survey of India. Police acted on a complaint received from the A.S.I. on Thursday, Gaur said.

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