Sunday, August 23, 2009

Venezuela’s Stefania Fernandez is Miss Universe 2009

Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez was crowned as the 58th Miss Universe as she outsmarted Miss Dominican Republic Ada Aimee dela Cruz (First Runner-Up), Miss Kosovo Marigona Dragusha (Second Runner-Up), Miss Australia Rachael Finch (Third Runner-Up) and Miss Puerto Rico Mayra Matos Perez (Fourth Runner-Up) during the “question and answer” portion.

The winning crown was handed over by Miss Universe 2009 Dayana Mendoza who is also from Venezuela. This is the first time in the Miss Universe pageant’s history that the crown was won by the same nation for two consecutive years. The title was competed by 83 countries/territories at the Atlantis Paradise Island in Bahamas, Monday, Aug 24, 2009 (Manila time).

Also included in the Top 10 are Miss France Chloe Mortaud, Miss South Africa Tatum Keshwar, Miss Czech Republic Iveta Lutovska, Miss Switzerland Whitney Toyloy and Miss USA Kristen Dalton. The Miss Congeniality Award was grabbed by Miss China Wang Jingyao. Miss Thailand Chutima Durongdej got the Miss Photogenic Award. The Best National Costume Award was given to Miss Panama Diana Broce.

Among the stars who have taken the stage include the rapper Flo Rida (“Jump” and “Right Round”), Kelly Rowland and David Guetta (“When Love Takes Over”). The pageant was hosted by Claudia Jordan and Billy Bush.

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