Miss Mexico crowned with Miss Universe tiara

Another night in Las Vegas, another room full of bright lights and sequins. This time, however, fifteen women dressed (and undressed) to impress as they competed at the 59th Miss Universe beauty pageant, owned by business magnate Donald Trump, on Aug 23rd.

Miss Jamaica was pipped to the post as Miss Mexico, Jimena Navarrete of Guadalajara, 22, won the coveted title and was crowned Miss Universe. The Mexican brunette sufficiently impressed the judges with her swimsuit, evening gown, and interview where she contemplated beauty. “I would like everyone to understand that it is not about your looks but how you feel inside.” A winning line if ever there was one, as the crowd looked on intently at rows of dolled up women.

Her prize includes a luxury New York apartment and a one-year scholarship to the New York Film Academy, and an equally essential year’s supply of shoes. Miss Mexico’s win means that Latin America secured the prestigious award for the third year in a row.

The pageant, in keeping with tradition, of course, was not without controversy: bookies early favourite Miss Ireland fell short of the final, Miss USA was the first American Muslim to represent the country and promotional photos of the women in nothing but body paint was even less than viewers were used to seeing the competitors in.

But where was Brazil? Unfortunately, Débora Moura Lyra of Minas Gerais failed to meet the mark, despite winning top model of the world in 2008.


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