Venezuelan crowned Miss Universe 2013


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A 25-year-old Venezuelan television presenter, Gabriela Isler, on Saturday was crowned Miss Universe in Moscow in a glittering ceremony.

Judges, including rock star Steven Tyler from Aerosmith, picked the winner from a total of 86 contestants at the show, watched by millions of viewers around the world.

Last year’s winner Olivia Culpo of the United States placed a diamond crown on the head of Isler, who wore a silver rhine-stone studded evening dress.

Isler’s triumph was the seventh Miss Universe win for Venezuela, where beauty pageants are a source of national pride.

After the show, she beamed and waved to journalists, wearing the Miss Universe sash and standing next to the show’s owner, US tycoon Donald Trump.

"I have a lot of emotions. I can’t describe all the things that I feel at this moment because I’m shaking," she said.

"I’m still in shock. I feel so blessed, so happy to be here.""It’s been a lot of fun and a great success," said Trump, estimating that the television audience was "way over a billion people."

In the decisive interview round that concludes the competition, Tyler asked Isler, who won Miss Venezuela last year, what her greatest fear was.

She did not give any details, but said: "I believe we should overcome all our fears and this in turn will make us stronger," speaking in Spanish through an interpreter.

Isler, whose full name is Maria Gabriela de Jesus Isler Morales, appears on Venezuela’s Venevision television.

Isler is now set to pose on Sunday in a specially created jewelled swimsuit that the organisers said was worth $1 million.

The previous Miss Universe, Culpo, earlier appeared on stage wearing the white cutaway swimsuit studded with diamonds, rubies and emeralds.

"That swimsuit travels with an armed security guard 24/7," commented co-host Thomas Roberts, an American television presenter.

Roberts, who co-hosted the final with ex-Spice Girl Melanie Brown, dedicated the show to the people suffering from the typhoon in the Philippines.

"We send our very best, our thoughts. We dedicate tonight’s show to you" he said.

The presenters greeted the audience in unison in Russian: "Privet!" or hi.

The show included a performance by Tyler, who sang "Dream on, dream until your dream comes true," while standing on top of a white grand piano.

All 86 contestants initially appeared on stage in red and black cocktail dresses. They then changed into red and black bikinis.

The judges then whittled down the contestants to a final 16, who faced off in a bikini round, carrying white fur stoles.

Then a final 10 women strutted on the stage in elaborate sequinned evening gowns, before the final five answered questions in the interview round.

Host country Russia was eliminated immediately, prompting boos in the audience.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro congratulated Isler on Twitter, calling her title a "triumph" for Venezuela, a country that has now won three of the last six Miss Universe pageants.

In fact, Venezuela has won more major international beauty competitions than any other nation, and beauty pageants rank alongside baseball as the country’s most-followed diversion, one that transcends social class and normally insurmountable political divisions.

A whole industry of grooming schools, plastic surgeons and beauty salons has emerged to prepare young women for the thousands of pageants that take place each year around the country in schools, army barracks and even prisons.

Venezuela has managed to keep its beauty queen industry flourishing, despite economic problems have worsened in recent weeks as inflation touched a two-decade high of 54 percent and shortages of basic goods like toiled paper and milk have worsened.

Few highlights from the beauty pageant

Miss Universe 2013 is.....Miss Venezuela, Gabriela Isler

The 1st Runner up is..... Miss Spain, Patricia Yurena Rodriguez

The 2nd Runner up is.... Miss Ecuador, Constanza Baez

The 3rd Runner up is..... Miss Philippines, Ariella Arida

The 4th Runner up is.... Miss Brazil, Jakelyne Oliveira


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