Sunday, January 25, 2015

The newly-crowned 63rd Miss Universe, Paulina Vega from Colombia.

And we have our new Miss Universe!

The 63rd Miss Universe and her four runners-up: From L-R - Miss Universe Paulina Vega (Colombia), Fourth Runner-Up Kaci Fennell (Jamaica), Second Runner-Up Diana Harkusha (Ukraine), Third Runner-Up Yasmin Verheijen (Netherlands) and First Runner-Up Nia Sanchez (USA) 

Paulina Vega Dieppa of Colombia trumped the 63rd edition of Miss Universe and was crowned as the brightest and the most beautiful woman among the 88 gorgeous beauties from the different parts of the globe who competed for the title in a three-week stint held in Doral, Miami, Florida, USA. She was crowned by the outgoing titleholder Gabriela Isler of Venezuela during the glittering coronation finale staged inside the Arena of Florida International University.

The Top 5!

Trailing an inch closer behind the top winner was Nia Sanchez of USA who emerged as the First Runner-Up with Diana Harkusha of Ukraine as Second Runner-Up while the final contenders from Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen and Jamaica's Kaci Fennell nabbed the Third and the Fourth Runner-Up honors respectively.

Some of the girls in the Top 15

Philippines' Mary Jean Lastimosa, Argentina's Valentina Ferrer, Spain's Desire Ferrer Cordero, Australia's Tegan Martin and Venezuela's Migbelis Castellanos were able to go as far as this edition's Top 10 Finalists. While the delegates from France Camille Cerf, Brazil Melissa Gurgel Italy Valentina Bonariva, India Noyonita Lodh and Indonesia Elvira Devinamira managed to secure a commendable spot in the Top 15 Semi-final round. 
The Top 15

Special Awardees of the night were as follows:

Miss Congeniality - Queen Celestine of Nigeria
Miss Photogenic - Gabriela Berrios of Puerto Rico
Best in National Costume - Elvira Devinamira of Indonesia

Philippines' Mary Jean Lastimosa in her Alfredo Barazza evening gown.

Philippines in her national costume
created by Colombian designer

Alfredo Barazza

Philippines' quest for a five-year uninterrupted Top 5 placement ended when Mary Jean Lastimosa failed to advance further in the winning circle. Netizens and a lot of pageant experts are blaming Stella Marquez Araneta (the Colombian franchise holder of Miss Universe Philippines and the Chairperson of BPCI) for providing mediocre wardrobe and gown to Miss Philippines. Since 2000, the Colombian designer Alfredo Barazza has always been appointed by Stella to create gowns for the Philippine delegate. Speculations are loud that the two are sabotaging the chances of Philippines to win its third elusive crown by giving lackluster evening gown and national costume for the Philippine representative. Renowned world-class Filipino designers like Michael Cinco, Leo Almodal, etc.,were very vocal for their willingness to dress Miss Philippines but have always been turned down by Stella who claimed that Filipino designers were 'not good enough'. 

It has always been the eternal sentiments of Filipino pageant enthusiasts around the world that the Miss Universe franchise in the Philippines should be given to a 'REAL' Filipino and not to a Colombian national! Unless someone will buy the MUP, then the franchise will still remain in Stella Araneta's hands:)


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