Sunday, November 10, 2013

Venezuela Bags 7th Miss Universe Title

Photo: Herald Sun Australia
Maria Gabriela Isler, Miss Venezuela, was crowned the 62nd Miss Universe by outgoing title holder, Olivia Culpo from the USA. Isler is 25 years old and stands 1.78m tall. She was one of the favorites to win Miss Universe since the day that she arrived in Moscow. Her won gave Venezuela it's 7th Miss Universe title, a number that is only beaten by the USA's 8 titles. It's also their 3rd win in only 6 years.
Photo: Detroit Free Press
Isler will now be whisked off to New York City where she will became part of the Miss Universe Organization. She will make appearances on their behalf for the next 12 months. While in New York, she will share an apartment with the reigning Miss USA, Erin Brady.
Photo: E Online
It was the first time in the history of the Miss Universe Pageant that the contest took place in Russia. Russia the Miss Universe title in 2002 but their winner, Oxana Federova, was later stripped of her title after failing to fulfill her contractual obligations. The choice of Moscow as the host city was heavily criticized around the world due to Russia's stance on homosexuality.
Photo: E Online
86 delegates competed for this year's title. Miss Spain, Patricia Rodrigues, who was also a top 15 semi-finalist at Miss World 2008, finished as the runner-up. She will assume the title should Isler be unable to fulfill her duties as Miss Universe. Ecuador's Constanza Baez finished in third place. Ariella Arida from the Philippines was named the third runner-up. Arida was voted into the top 16 as the winner of the fan vote. The fourth runner-up was Miss Brazil, Jakelyne Oliveira.

Photo: The Las Vegas Guardian Express
Amy Willerton from Great Britain, Manasi Moghe from India, Yaritza Reyes from the Dominican Republic, Olga Storozhenko from the Ukraine, and Erin Brady from the USA were named part of the 10 but failed to reach the top 5. The lineup of 16 semi-finalists who survived the first cut included Fabiana Granados from Costa Rica, Jin Ye from China (Miss Congeniality), Whulandry Herman from Indonesia, Nastassja Bolivar from Nicaragua, Monic Perez from Puerto Rico, and Dominique Rinderknecht from Switzerland. Mega favorites Paulina Krupinska from Poland (who was named Miss Photogenic)  and Yityish Titi Aynaw from Israel were shockingly excluded from this lineup.
The Mirror, UK


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