Venezuela wins seventh Miss Universe crown

Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, from the USA, right, crowns her successor, Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler, during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. (Pavel Golovkin / Associated Press / November 10, 2013) Pic from LATimes.com

Maria Gabriela Isler of Venezuela was crowned Miss Universe 2013 on Saturday in Moscow, beating 85 other contestants from all over the world to bag the country’s seventh crown in the pageant’s 62-year history. Completing the Top Five are:

1st runner-up – Spain, Patricia Rodríguez
2nd runner-up – Ecuador, Constanza Báez
3rd runner-up – Philippines, Ariella Arida (who earned an automatic semis slot via fan votes)
4th runner-up – Brazil,  Jakelyne Oliveira

All smiles: The top five nervously wait for the verdict. (From left) Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, Ariella Arida of Philippines, Patricia Yurena Rodriguez of Spain, Jakelyne Oliveira of Brazil and Constanza Baez of Ecuador. Pic from DailyMail

The following contestants, meanwhile, made it to the Top 10 of the competition.

  • Dominican Republic, Yaritza Reyes
  • Great Britain, Amy Willerton
  • India,Manasi Moghe
  • Ukraine, Olga Storozhenko
  • USA, Erin Brady

Completing the Top 16 are the following, who were eliminated after the swimsuit competition:

  • China, Jin Ye
  • Costa Rica, Fabiana Granados
  • Indonesia, Whulandary Herman
  • Nicaragua, Nastassja Bolívar
  • Puerto Rico, Monic Pérez
  • Switzerland, Dominique Rinderknecht

Miss Nicaragua was awarded Best in National Costume, Miss Poland was Miss Photogenic, while Miss China was voted Miss Congeniality.

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