Senorita Paulina Vega of Colombia Is The New Miss Universe!

Senorita Paulina Vega of Colombia Is The New Miss Universe!

Paulina in her crowning moment with outgoing Miss Universe - Gabriela Isler

Paulina in her crowning moment with outgoing Miss Universe – Gabriela Isler

It took 56 years before Colombia finally bring home the title again, the first was when Luz Marina Zuluaga was crowned on July 25, 1958. 

Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, 22, was named 2014’s Miss Universe! After a rigorous competition starting with 88 girls from around the world showing off their stunning beauty and talent at the FIU Arena in Miami, Florida, the stunner went home the ultimate winner over Miss USA Nia Sanchez!

Wearing a silver gown, Vega bested 87 other candidates to win the crown.

Other candidates with Vega in the top 5 were:

1st runner up—Miss USA Nia Sanchez

2nd runner up—Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha

3rd runner up—Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen

4th runner-up—Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell

Colombia holds the longest gap between wins at fifty six years (or 56 years, 184 days) when Paulina Vega was crowned on January 25, 2015. The last time Colombia won was when Luz Marina Zuluaga was crowned on July 25, 1958.

Colombia holds the longest gap between wins at fifty six years (or 56 years, 184 days) when Paulina Vega was crowned on January 25, 2015.
The last time Colombia won was when Luz Marina Zuluaga was crowned on July 25, 1958.

The final round of the competition was divided into two parts: first, the top five candidates from USA, Netherlands, Colombia, Jamaica, and Ukraine answered questions given by the judges.

One of the questions to the candidates was asked by Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. His question to Miss USA Nia Sanchez was “If you were given 30 seconds to deliver a message to a global terrorist, what would you say?”.

On the second part of the “question-and-answer” portion, all five candidates answered the question: “What is the greatest contribution of your country to the world? ” posted by a netizen on the Miss Universe official Facebook page.

Miss USA Nia Sanchez said that her country always “gives back” to other nations. Miss Netherlands cited her country’s art and history as the contributions of Netherlands to the world.

Meanwhile, Miss Ukraine narrated the current situation in her home nation recovering from war. Fennell cited legends Usain Bolt and Bob Marley as their country’s contribution. Lastly, Miss Colombia Paulina Vega said that the perseverance of the Colombian people amid problems is the offering of her country to the world.

MJ Lastimosa in swimsuit round

MJ Lastimosa in swimsuit round

Philippines bet Mary Jean Lastimosa was able to secure a position in the competition’s Top 10 but fell short in joining the Final 5.