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Miss Universe Pageant
Originally posted 09/13/2011 07:15AM
Miss Angola, Leila Lopes, a business student from the town of Benguela, was crowned Miss Universe at Monday's 60th annual pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Crediting her smile and her ability "to motivate people" for her win, the 25-year-old vowed to help fight AIDS and poverty. She received her crown from last year's winner, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico.
In all, 89 women – who must be single and between the ages of 18 and 27 – competed for the title. The first runner-up was Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine; second runner-up, Miss Brazil Priscila Machado. The others in the Top 5 were Miss Philippines and Miss China.
Originally posted 09/12/2011 03:35PM
Eighty-nine contestants from around the world will compete for the Miss Universe crown on Monday.
Among those competing is Miss USA Alyssa Campanella, an auburn-haired beauty from California, who has been praised for her eloquence, poise and outgoing personality. While no American has been named Miss Universe since Brook Lee won the title in 1997, many are hoping Campanella will bring home the crown.
Other fan favorites include Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup, Miss Venezuela Vanessa Gonçalves and Miss Mexico Karín Ontiveros.
Originally posted 08/24/2009 08:55AM
Beauty is blossoming in South America. On Sunday, Venezuela became the first nation ever to have repeat winners in the Miss Universe pageant, as Stefania Fernandez took the 2009 title during a live televised event from the Bahamas.
The 18-year-old was crowned by her countrywoman Dayana Mendoza, who won in 2008.
The first runner-up was Miss Dominican Republic, Ada Aimee De La Cruz. Miss Kosovo, Gona Dragusha, was named second runner-up. Rounding out the top five were Miss Australia, Rachael Finch, and Miss Puerto Rico, Mayra Matos Perez.
Originally posted 07/14/2008 09:45AM
In what is getting to be a habit, the Miss USA contestant in the Miss Universe pageant has tripped and fallen for the second year running.
Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart slipped during the evening-gown competition at the 57th annual Miss Universe pageant in Vietnam on Sunday.
Following her introduction, Stewart appeared to catch her shoes on her gown and took a tumble. She responded by smiling and raising her hands and arms above her head to clap for the crowd.
Originally posted 12/02/2007 01:30PM
And the plot thickens in the Miss Puerto Rico pepper-spray incident.
Authorities investigating allegations that Miss Puerto Rico Universe Ingrid Marie Rivera's dress and makeup were sabotaged with pepper spray during a Nov. 24 pageant in San Juan found no traces of the substance in her belongings, Reuters reports.
Originally posted 11/28/2007 08:50AM
Miss Puerto Rico Ingrid Marie Rivera says her alleged pepper-spray incident – and the controversy it has sparked – will not trip her up on the road to the Miss Universe pageant.
"Now I'm heading to Miss Universe," Rivera, 24, told Meredith Vieira during a friendly interview on Wednesday's Today show. "Where you got a will, there's a way. With God in my mind always, like I block myself through anything negative that could pass through my mind."
Originally posted 11/27/2007 08:55AM
The mystery surrounding the alleged pepper spraying of Puerto Rico's 2008 Miss Universe contestant's belongings is nothing to sneeze at.
Police are now said to be investigating just how Ingrid Marie Rivera was able to stop crying between camera appearances at Saturday's pageant, if indeed her gown and makeup had been sabotaged with the spray, as she asserts, NBC News reports.
Originally posted 05/29/2007 03:00PM
Ten seconds Miss USA Rachel Smith would probably like to forget: Slipping and landing on her behind while modeling her evening gown at Monday night's Miss Universe pageant in Mexico City. (See video below.)
Originally posted 07/24/2006 08:50AM
Forty minutes into her reign as Miss Universe, Miss Puerto Rico Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza collapsed during a post-pageant news conference and was rushed offstage on Sunday night.
Originally posted 05/31/2005 08:00AM
ANNOINTED: Miss Canada Natalie Glebova – who moved to North America from her native Russia only 11 years ago – was crowned Miss Universe 2005 in Bangkok on Tuesday at the 54th annual beauty pageant, Reuters reports. Glebova, a 23-year-old motivational speaker from Toronto, succeeded last year's winner, Australian Jennifer Hawkins. "This is all happening too fast and it's unreal. It's slowly starting to sink in," she told reporters moments after being crowned. Miss Puerto Rico Cynthia Olavarria came in second. In all, 81 beauties from Albania to Zambia competed.
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