Paulina Vega, Miss Universe Colombia 2014 was just crowned Miss Universe at the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant .
She takes over from Miss Universe 2013, Venezuela's Gabriela Islar, as she pass the crown to her successor held at the FIU Arena in Miami, USA. Monday, January 26.
Of the four other finalists as follows:
1st runner up: Nia Sanchez, Miss USA
2nd runner up: Diana Harkusha, Miss Universe Ukraine
3rd runner up: Yasmin Verheijen, Miss Universe Netherlands
4th runner up: Kaci Fennell, Miss Universe Jamaica
The new Miss Universe from Colombia, Vega navigated the swimsuit and gown. She turned 22 during the competition. (January 15). Paulina Vega is a business administration student.
The winner is awarded a one-year contract with the Miss Universe Organization as she travels the world promoting the various causes of the organization. She is also given an apartment in the Trump Tower in New York City during her reign.
Special awards were also announced: Miss Nigeria Queen Celestine won Miss Congeniality, Miss Puerto Rico bagged the Miss Photogenic Award Gabriela Berrios while the Best in National Costume award was given to Miss Indonesia Elvira Devinamira.
88 candidates from around the world competed for the coveted Miss Universe crown at Florida International University in Doral City, Florida state, US.
At pageant Philippines bet Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa failed to bag the third Miss Universe win for the country as she ran short of breaking into the competition’s Final 5 Monday morning (Philippine time). She was included at the Top Ten, and Lastimosa elicited loud cheers from the crowd as she did her signature “bomb” walk, wearing an elegant white gown with a fishtail made by Colombian designer Alfredo Barraza.
The top 10 semi finalists are (in no particular order) Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa, Miss Argentina Valentina Ferrer, Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell, Miss Spain Desire Ferrer, Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha, Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen, Miss Venezuela Migbelis Lynette Castellanos, Miss Australia Tegan Martin and Miss USA Nia Sanchez.
Top 15 semi-finalists walk in on the stage in swimwear featured by Yamamay.
Top 15 semi-finalists announced. The 15 finalists are from the countries (no particular order) Colombia, Italy, India, France, USA, Indonesia, Venezuela, Spain, Philippines, Argentina, Jamaica, Ukraine, Brazil, Netherlands and Australia.
Photos: AFP and Missology