Miss Universe Update: Miss Colombia Wins the Crown
For the first time in 56 years, the Miss Universe title went to Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega.
The 22-year-old student of business administration from Barranquilla beat out Miss USA Nia Sanchez, who was the first runner-up and more than 80 other contestants. Vega stated that she would wear the crown with "pride and excitement."
"It felt like home. I felt like I was in Colombia with my people. I felt that support in every moment of the pageant," she said in the news conference after the competition.
Vega said, earlier in the competition, "It will be a dream come true to represent the woman of today. A woman that not only cares about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person."
As the winner, Vega will receive a salary, a luxury apartment located in New York, a new wardrobe, an array of beauty products and a one-year scholarship to the New York Film Academy.
Despite the win, many fans were more focused on one particular loss on Sunday night. Social media exploded with people's opinions regarding the fate of Miss Jamaica, Kaci Fennell. When Fennell was named the fourth runner-up, the venue erupted in boos. People strongly believed that the 22-year-old model was robbed of a title. On social media platforms, viewers claimed that Fennell did not win because of factors ranging from her race to her short-hair and her intelligence.
The competition, which is owned by Donald Trump, was held in Miami, FL.
Trump stated that Colombia and China are both in the running to host the pageant next year.