Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez is Miss Universe 2009

by Eugene D’Souza, Mumbai
Daijiworld Media Network

Bahamas, Aug 24: In a glittering pageant held at the Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas in West Indies on 23 August 2009 (early morning of Monday 24 August in India) 18 year old Latina beauty Stefania Fernandez from Venezuela won the title of Miss Universe 2009. She makes history, as this is Venezuela's second consecutive win in the international beauty pageant.

Dressed in a flowing red gown, Fernandez embraced runner up Miss Dominican Republic as the announcement was made, and received the glittering crown costing 120,000 dollars from last year's winner, Dayana Mendoza also from Venezuela. Stefania Fernandez defeated 83 contestants for the title, including first runner up Miss Dominican Republic, Ada Aimee de la Cruz. Kosovo’s Gona Dragusha was named second runner up, Australia’s Rachael Finch third and the contestant from Puerto Rico Mayra Matos was fourth runner up. Beauties from 83 countries and territories participated in the 58th Miss Universe beauty pageant.

The girls were judged in three categories -swimsuit, evening gown and interview as they vied for the coveted title. The Miss Universe 2009 pageant was hosted by Access Hollywood co-anchor Billy Bush and model, actress and former Miss Rhode Island USA Claudia Jordan. It was live from Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas. In recent years, the contest has been watched in over 180 countries. The 15 finalists were selected from among the 83 who appeared in cocktail dresses and then reappeared in bathing suits.

Miss China, Wang Jingyao, was named Miss Congeniality and Miss Thailand, Chutima Durongdej, won Miss Photogenic.

In a disappointing performance, Miss India 2009, Ekta Chowdhry has failed to make it to the top 15 for the Miss Universe 2009 contest.

Miss Universe is an annual international beauty contest run by the Miss Universe Organization. The contest was founded in 1952 by California clothing company named Pacific Mills. The pageant became part of Kayser-Roth and then Gulf and Western Industries, before being acquired by Donald Trump in 1996. Along with its rival contests , Miss World and Miss Earth, this pageant is one of the most publicized beauty contests in the world. 


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  • Robin, Kundapura

    Wed, Aug 26 2009

    Dear Jesus, Allah or WHOMSOEVER IT MAY CONCERNed GODS..... Please stop this dirty business once for all. This is just a money making business of cosmetics companies and spoils the rest....

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  • precilla anil rorigues, karkala/ kuwait

    Mon, Aug 24 2009

    Congratulation stefania,

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  • Antony Crasta, Mangalore/Sydney Australia

    Mon, Aug 24 2009

    Thanks Dr. Eugene for an informative and interesting article. Yes, I do agree with Biju Samad when he says `smartness is fine but over smartness is not good`. We, the Indians, tend to display flashy and flamboyant personality which is sometimes disliked by the western world, though I must admit I have not personally watched Ekta Chowdhury`s performance.

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  • bharath shetty, Kateel-USA

    Tue, Aug 25 2009

    India got its Beauty pageant shares few years back when markets opened up. Now south american nations Columbia , Venezuela targetted. Next destination is CHINA as it started opening up markets. After all cosmetics/fashion industry strategies

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  • juliet mascarenhas, bejai/mangalore

    Mon, Aug 24 2009

    stephania OH she is really beautiful.

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  • Manjunatha Bangera, Kasaragodu/Bengaluru

    Mon, Aug 24 2009

    Venezuela is full of beautiful females it seems. This is the second consecutive time they have won and many a times lot of girls from Venezuela have won the beauty pageants.

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  • Charles D''Mello, Pangala

    Mon, Aug 24 2009

    One more win from Venezuela will secure the cosmetic industry of that country !!!!?????

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  • Biju Samad, Mlore / Kollam / KSA

    Mon, Aug 24 2009

    Smartness is fine but to be over smartness is not good. Ekta was very much over smartness and that made her defeat in this title.

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