Miss Universe 2007

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 The Miss Universe crown goes to Miss Japan, Riyo Mori! This marks the second time Japan has won the world beauty title. The last time Japan won the pageant was in 1959 when Akiko Kojima became the first Miss Universe from Asia. The pageant was held in Mexico where ontestants from 77 countries around the world competed in three categories: swimsuit; evening gown; and personality interview.  The other lovely ladies made it to the top are:
Miss Brazil- 1st Runner Up
Miss Venezuela- 2nd 1st Runner Up
Miss Korea- 3rd Runner Up
Miss USA- 4th Runner Up

Special awards for Miss Photogenic was given to our very own Miss Philippines (Anna Theresa Licaros) and the MIss Congeniality was given to Miss China.

Miss Japan’s winning answer to the question:  “What is the one lesson you learn as a child, that still affects your life today?”
I have been dancing since I was a child, I live my life growing among fellow students and teachers, I learn how to be always be happy, to be patient and to be always positive and I want to teach this to the next generation. Thank You. – Miss Japan Riyo Mori

Indeed, she truly deserves the crown! She looked dazzling in a black gown with coloured lapels. The incredulous expression on her face was priceless when her name was announced and when last year’s winner Zuleyka Rivera of Puerto Rico laid the crown on her head.

I always knew watching Miss Universe would be this exciting. The contest was marked by controversies. A week before the pageant, Miss Sweden withdraws from the pageant. Now, people are talking about Miss USA’s falling and being booed. Miss USA, Rachel Smith slipped during the evening gown competition. But then, she recovered admirably. She is also massively booed by the audience in Mexico during the interview segment, because of the issues towards illegal immigrants. But she carried it well and responded with “Buenas noches Mexico. Muchas gracias!” 

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