Venezuela Keeps Miss Universe Crown

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 24, 2009 5:54 AM CDT
Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez, center, Miss Dominican Republic Ada Aimee De la Cruz, left, and Miss Kosovo Gona Dragusha hold hands as they wait to hear how they placed in the Miss Universe beauty...   (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
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(Newser) – Miss Venezuela was the fairest of them all, again. Stefania Fernandez won the 2009 Miss Universe pageant in the Bahamas last night, receiving the crown from her predecessor, fellow countrywoman Dayana Mendoza. The sparkling tiara fell to the floor at one point, as Fernandez danced in joy. Beauty-obsessed Venezuela has won the Miss Universe pageant six times.