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    Miss Puerto Rico crowned Miss Universe

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    LOS ANGELES - An 18-year-old from Puerto Rico who hopes to someday star in U.S. and Latin American films was crowned Sunday night as
    Miss Universe 2006.
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    Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza shared a nervous emotional hug with first runner-up, Kurara Chibana of Japan, moments before the winner was announced, then clasped her hands to her mouth in amazement as her name was called.

    She beamed as the crown was placed on her head but briefly fainted after a post-pageant news conference. She quickly recovered after being given liquids, said Miss Universe spokeswoman Esther Swan.

    Rivera, who was wearing a dress made entirely of metal chains, had been standing under hot stage lights for some time when she began to topple over. Someone caught her as she fell.

    "I always had faith and confidence in myself, but I never knew I was going to win," Rivera, speaking in Spanish from the stage, said in her first remarks as Miss Universe.

    The winner, who is from coastal town of Salinas, said she would continue the pageant's mission of promoting awareness and education about
    AIDS and
    HIV.

    "I want to tell those people there's always problems in life, but there's always possibilities to improve things," she said.

    Miss USA Tara Conner was the contest's fourth runner-up. Also finishing in the top five were second runner-up Lauriane Gillieron of Switzerland and third runner-up Lourdes Arevalos of Paraguay.

    In her pageant biography, Rivera explained what made her different from the other contestants.

    "Physically, I have been told by modeling agencies and friends that I represent the consummate Latino look," she said. "Everything in my face expresses our heritage, our music and the wonderful mixes of races that we are."

    Rivera is the first winner from Puerto Rico since Denise Quinones in 2001, and the fifth overall in the pageant's 55-year history.

    Conner was vying to become the first U.S. winner since Brook Lee in 1997. The Kentucky native wore a red-white-and-blue jockey outfit and cracked a whip during the opening parade of nations. Several of the contestants sported costumes featuring colorful native dress, including feathers, sequins, fur, massive headpieces and, in the case of Miss Japan, a Samurai sword.

    Lia Andrea Ramos of Philippines was chosen most photogenic in an online vote by the public. Angela Asare of Ghana won the congeniality award in a vote by all 86 contestants. Chibana, who carried the impressive looking Samurai sword, won the award for best national costume.

    "They were probably afraid not to pick Miss Japan or she would use that sword," quipped Carson Kressley of TV's "Queer Eye," who provided commentary along with 2004 Miss USA Shandi Finnessey. Opera singer Vittorio Grigolo and Latin singer Chelo provided musical performances.

    The pageant began with the top 20 finalists' names being announced early in the show. Then their scores were discarded and competition began again, with the field gradually narrowed throughout the night.

    As soon as the final 20 had been selected, they immediately strutted across the stage in skimpy two-piece bikinis for the swimsuit competition.

    After being narrowed to the final 10, the competition moved to evening gowns, with the smiling contestants walking across the stage to music provided by Grigolo.

    The field of 86 was actually narrowed to 20 last week during preliminary judging in the contest's swimsuit, evening gown and interview categories, but finalists weren't announced until Sunday's show was under way, allowing all 86 to be introduced to the television audience.

    The winner travels the world for a year on behalf of charities and pageant sponsors.

    Last year's winner, Natalie Glebova of Canada crowned Rivera with a diamond-and-pearl-studded headpiece valued at $250,000.

    "My year as Miss Universe has meant more to me than I can express," said Glebova, who began her reign with a trip to South Africa where she publicly took an HIV test.

    "I have traveled the world on behalf of various HIV/AIDS organizations, promoting education, research and legislation, and I walk away from this experience feeling like I truly made an impact."

    "Access Hollywood" host Nancy O'Dell and actor-singer Carlos Ponce were emcees of the 55th annual pageant, broadcast live on NBC.

    The celebrity judging panel included actor James Lesure of "Las Vegas"; "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry; actress
    Bridgette Wilson Sampras; Sean Yazbeck, newest winner of "The Apprentice"; former Dallas Cowboys star Emmitt Smith; anchor Maria Celeste Arraras of Telemundo's "Al Rojo Vivo"; Claudia Jordan, briefcase model on "Deal or No Deal"; fashion photographer Patrick McMullan, and 2003 Miss Universe Amelia Vega.

    The pageant was last held in the United States in 1998, when the show originated from Honolulu.
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    What's the difference between Miss World and Miss Universe?
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    The Miss World pageant is an international beauty pageant founded in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951.

    It started as the Festival Bikini Contest, in honour of the recently introduced swimwear of the time, but was called Miss World by the press. It was originally planned as a one-off event. Upon learning about the upcoming Miss Universe pageant, Morley decided to make the pageant an annual event.

    Opposition to the wearing of bikinis led to their replacement with more modest swimwear after the first contest. In 1959, the BBC started broadcasting the competition. The pageant's popularity grew as the popularity of television grew.

    Along with the rival Miss Universe pageant, Miss World has grown to be the most sought after and prestigious title in beauty pageantry. It is the most widely attended and broadcast such event, with over a hundred delegates in competition (Miss Universe, by comparison, welcomes approximately 80 delegates). The road to the Miss World crown is a long one. In the year preceding the global finals, each delegate must win her national title or a specially designated Miss World national preliminary. The annual final is typically a month long extravaganza, with several preliminary events, galas, dinners, balls and activities, culminating in a globally telecast final show in which the field is narrowed to between 15-20 delegates.

    The winner spends a year travelling the globe representing the Miss World organization in its various causes. MW has an explicitly altruistic agenda, and has raised over 250 million pounds for various global charities.
    That's the difference I guess
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    I forgot it was on, I watched Fallen last night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by missinghim
    That's the difference I guess
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    That's awesome!
    I don't think she is the prettiest Miss Puerto Rico that has won this peagant but she sure is still very pretty.


    http://news.yahoo.com/photos/ss/even...NlYwNzc25hdg--
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    Quote Originally Posted by honeysuhkle
    I was really not pleased with the outcome. I felt that Miss Japan was far more elegant, better qualified, well spoken, and, well, quite frankly...did not dress like a two cent hoochie. I was seriously shocked when she walked out in that dress. She reminds me of Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls.



    I did not see the pagent.....but I have heard from several others who felt the same way you do.

    I guess I am going to have to find a picture of her in that dress.
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    Awww Shaky I think you are way prettier, you should run for Miss Puerto Rico
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdshorty
    Awww Shaky I think you are way prettier, you should run for Miss Puerto Rico
    I am Miss Puerto Rico already see it under my username
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    Well then shoot, I'm changing mine to Miss Mexico
    Although I look like I swallowed up miss Mexico

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