Venezuelan Stefania Fernandez Crowned as Miss Universe 2009
Miss Venezuela, Stefania Fernandez, has been crowned as Miss Universe 2009 in Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, local media reported.
Fernandez, who is 18-years-old and "interested in International Relations," was presented with her crown by Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008, who is also from Venezuela.
"Miss Bulgaria Universe" 2009, Elitsa Lyubenova, didn't make it into the top 15 but stated that she enjoyed the experience.
The star-studded judging panel for the 2009 Miss Universe Pageant included Dean Cain, actor and producer best known for his TV portrayal of Clark Kent/Superman.
Throughout the two-hour event, contestants from over 80 countries and territories around the world competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and personality interview, in front of an estimated worldwide viewing audience of approximately one billion viewers.
First Runner-Up: Miss Domincan Republic, Ada Aimee De La Cruz; will assume the duties of MISS UNIVERSE 2009 if the titleholder for some reason cannot fulfill her responsibilities.
Second Runner-Up: Miss Kosovo, Gona Dragusha.
Rest of Top Five: Miss Australia, Rachael Finch; Miss Puerto Rico, Mayra Matos Perez.
Rest of Top Ten: Miss South Africa, Tatum Keshwar; Miss Czech Republic, Iveta Lutovska; Miss Switzerland, Whitney Toyloy; Miss USA, Kristen Dalton; and Miss France, Chloe Mortaud.
Rest of Top Fifteen: Miss Albania, Hasna Xhukici; Miss Belgium, Zeynep Sever; Miss Croatia, Sarah Cosic; Miss Iceland, Ingibjorg Egilsdottir; and Miss Sweden, Renate Cerljen.
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