Despite being a relative pageant newcomer Miss Colombia won Miss Universe title.
Representative from Colombia,Â Paulina Vega, conqueredÂ the judges of the popular pageant with her beauty, talents and intelligence at Sunday night’s Miss Universe.
As a result, the 22-year-oldÂ came out the big winner followed by runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez.
“I believe that my country has been an example to be followed for the rest of the countries,” Vega proclaimed to the audience during the nerve-racking Q&A portion.
“We are persevering peopleâ€¦and we continue fighting. Today, we are world leaders in many different parts,” she added.
Miss Universe 2014 also impressed the judges when she was asked about what women could learn from men.
“I believe there are still men that do believe in equality,” she said. “I believe that’s what women should learn from men.”
Although she was far from home, Vega said she still felt the support from local Latinos.
“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, wearing a sparkling silver gown with vertical stripes at a news conference after the competition.
The most beautiful lady of the Universe managed to win inÂ an intense competition that began with 88 contestants and was almost immediately narrowed down to 15 women.
From there, contestants demonstratedÂ their fabulous figures in the must-see bikini portion. Somehow, someway, five additional women had to be eliminated from the competition leaving only 10 ladies to strut their stuff in the evening gown portion.
As it was revealed, beauty pageants and performance run in Vega’sÂ family. Her grandmother, Elvira Castillo, was crowned Miss AtlÃ¡ntico 1953 (Colombia) and her grandfather is legendary tenor GastÃ³n Vega.
However,Â the contests leading up to Miss Universe were a first for Vega, who is one of eight children. The 22-year-oldÂ said they would be her last, as she is eager to return to her business studies, saying: “It gives me independence. I want to have my own company.”
After Sanchez, the 24-year-old Miss USA from Las Vegas, Nevada, the second runner-up was Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha. Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell and Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen were also among the top five, emerging from the field of 88 contestants.
Fennell stood out with her short, spiky haircut and feisty personality.
“I don’t have long tresses like everyone else. I’m just representing myself, and that’s what beauty pageants are all about,” said Fennell, who wore a long, red beaded evening gown. “You don’t have to look a certain way … and I feel like I represent that.”
As Miss Universe, Vega will receive an undisclosed salary, a luxury apartment in New York, a wardrobe and oodles of beauty products, and a one-year scholarship from the New York Film Academy.
“It will be a dream come true to represent the woman of today,” Vega said earlier in the week. “A woman that not only cares about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person.”