Flowing evening gowns, colorful national costumes and beauty from across the globe reigned Saturday night in Russia as the country’s capital hosted Miss Universe 2013 with an evening fit for a queen.
Venezuela took the crown as 25 year old Gabriela Isler was given the title of most beautiful woman in the universe in Moscow’s Crocus city hotel.
As the evening came to a close, the United States Olivia Culpo relinquished the Miss Universe crown and placed it on Miss Venezuela Isler,who was born in Maracay, is an accomplished Flamenco dancer who also works on Venezuelan television.
Thomas Roberts and former Spice Girl, Mel B, hosted the annual beauty contest while Tara Lipinski, Anne, P Kirov, Carol Alt, Farouk Shami, and Steven Tyler sat at the judges’ table.
The big night began with 87 contestants looking for the title, but quickly only 16 were chosen to move forward :
the United Kingdom
the United States
Best national costume went to Miss Nicaragua ( Nastassja Bolivar) who is known as the 2011 winner of Univision’s ” Nuestra Beveza Latina ” beauty contest.
Only Spain, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, India, Brazil, the United States, Ukraine, Ecuador, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic made it to the top 10.
From there only :
remained running for the crown.
Steven Tyler asked the top 5 contestants questions which ranged from ” What would happen to the world if we could no longer use the Internet ?” To the one posed to Miss Venezuela ” What is your biggest fear and how do you plan to overcome it?”
The evening’s soon-to-be winner responded: “We should overcome all out fears and this in turn will make us stronger, as soon as we overcome our fears, we can face any challenge”
Tyler then gave a stripped down performance of “Dream on” as the final 5 beauties awaited to know who would take home the crown.
With a beautiful blue gown, Olivia Culpo arrived on stage and thanked business magnate Donald Trump and her family for a wonderful experience as Miss Universe.
The night came to a close with:
Brazil as the 4th runner up
Philippines – 3rd runner up
Ecuador. – 2nd runner up
Spain – 1st runner up
Miss Venezuela won Miss Universe crown and the 1st since Stefania Fernádez took the title in 2009.