Miss Venezuela was crowned Miss Universe 2013 at Moscow’s Crocus City Hall, beating 85 other contestants.
The coveted Diamond Nexus crown was handed over to the her by last year’s title holder, Olivia Culpo of USA. For the next year she will travel the world, representing the Miss Universe Organisation and a charity of her choice.
Miss Spain Patricia Yurena Rodriguez, was first runner-up and Miss Ecuador Constanza Baez the second.
The top ten semi-semi-finalists included Great Britain, India, USA, Ukraine and Dominican Republic. Beauties from Costa Rica, China, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua and Switzerland had made to top 16.
The judges for the spectacular finale were Chef Nobu; gold medalist skater Tara Lipinski; television personality Carol Alt; supermodel turned actress and author, Anne V; one of the pageant’s sponsorers, Farouk Shami; Italo Fontana, pioneering designer of U-BOAT Watches; the iconic russian pop-star, Philip Kirkorov and last but not the least, Steven Tyler, Aerosmith’s front man and lead singer.
There was also stunning musical performance by Grammy-nominated band Panic! At The Disco and international recording artist EMIN.
Miss Nicaragua Nastassja Bolivar had won the national costume contest held on 3 November at Vegas Mall in Moscow. Miss Philippines Ariella Arida, who came fourth in the finals, had bagged the top prize for the photo shoot for Italian lingerie brand, Yamam.