25th place – Miss Universe 2002 – Justine Pasek

25th place – Justine Pasek (Panama)

(Our judges are: Greg Borowski, Willian Prendiz de Jurado, Edwin Toledo (Times of Beauty), Ricardo Guiraldes (Chilean Charm), Julio Rodriguez (Belleza Venezolana), Alberto Dubal (Miss Memorabilia), Jimmy Harris (Beauty School), Pepe Medel, Jean-Marie Vandecasteele, Andre Sleigh, Rose Foulger, Luis Trujillo. From GB, Ed Dominguez, Henrique Fontes, and Chris Kuntz)

“… and if for any reason the winner cannot fulfill her obligations, the first runner-up will become Miss Universe…”

Donald Trump crowned a 2nd Miss Universe in one year

24 September 2002: a day that marked the history of the Miss Universe pageant forever.

It was the first time in the pageant’s 51 years of  history that the Miss Universe Organization had to organize a press conference and send out a press release explaining that Miss Universe had lost her title, being replaced by the  1st runner-up.  It said:

Russia Out, Panama In As Justine Pasek is Crowned Miss Universe 2002

First Time in 52-year History Reigning Titleholder Ousted

23 September 2002
Miss Universe Press Release

And the 1st runner-up took over!

The Miss Universe Organization announced today [23 September] that Oxana Fedorova of Russia has been terminated as Miss Universe 2002, and the first runner-up, Justine Pasek of Panama, will ascend to the title and serve the remaining nine months of the reign.

Fedorova was dismissed today [23 September] for breach of contract because she has failed to fulfill the duties required of the title. TheMiss Universe crown comes with a large array of responsibilities including, but not limited to, extensive international travel as a goodwill ambassador in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the official cause of Miss Universe.

“We are disappointed that it did not work out with Oxana, but we wish her all the best in her future endeavors,” explained Paula Shugart, President of the Miss Universe Organization. “We are extremely excited that Justine Pasek will be wearing the crown and are confident that she will be a great Miss Universe, and a wonderful representative of our company, and its sponsors and charities,” added Shugart.

New Miss Universe in press conference

Justine Pasek, a crowd favorite during the 2002 Miss Universe competition, was 22 years old when she became the first woman to inherit the Miss Universe crown. She worked in television production and planed to complete a degree in Environmental Engineering, someday working for the Smithsonian Research Center, educating the public about conservation.

She commented when she was crowned as Miss Universe 2002: “I am looking forward to taking on the responsibilities of Miss Universe and moving to New York City. I will work to make this transition as easy as possible for the Miss Universe Organization and its supporters, sponsors and charitable partners, so that I can quickly and seamlessly get to the work that must get done,” said Pasek.

The new Miss Universe in action

Pasek stepped into the role of Miss Universe 2002 and traveled extensively working with internationally recognized AIDS/HIV organizations, including the Global Health Council, the Harvard AIDS Institute, AmFAR, and the Center for Disease Control’s “Act Now” campaign. As a “celebrity” spokesperson, she was responsible for working with the media globally to generate a better understanding and acceptance of AIDS and HIV and its prevention; while helping increase awareness, funding and resources for these key organizations.

She did a great job as Miss Universe.

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The beginning…

Justine in ss

Justine arrived in Puerto Rico with a low profile, in a year when favoritism was focused on two strong black contestants – Misses Colombia and Dominican Republican (both failed to make the cut). Her fashionable look did not make her stand out much at first. But as the days went by, her favoritism grew consistently.

The week leading up to the pageant, the local media tried to discredit her by twisting some declarations she had made earlier about the national costume competition.

Justine with Oxana, the president of Panama, and Paula Shugartt

Media in Panama struck back, as the reputation of their national queen wouldn’t be tarnished. TV shows dedicated to ridicule beauty queens, had to take their statements back.  With all this energy shifted, not only Justine became a crowd favorite during the final night of the pageant, but she also put the cherry on the top of the sundae by answering that she “would love to represent Puerto Rico”, if given the chance of wearing a different sash during the pageant.

No contestant from Panama had ever reached the final stage of the competition, so that night virtually everybody in her country was glued to the TV sets waiting for the final results. The climax came to a maximum with Justine holding hands with Oxana Fedorova, the eventual winner (who absolutely deserved to win, by the way).

Justine (l) lost to Oxana (r), but a twist of fate would change her life

After her presentation as the official Miss Universe 2002, Justine was extremely involved in her work as the new titleholder, including trips to Indonesia, Thailand, Poland, Spain and many other places; her endless work raising AIDS awareness and even a visit to the White House were continously featured by the media.

She crowned her sucessor during the 2003 pageant held in her home city of Panama.

Some pageant fans, mostly from Latin America, never liked her, because she was a natural beauty, something the most conservative Latin pageant fans could not understand.

Miss U 2002

Nowadays, she is an activist extremely involved in causes true to her heart. She is still and advocate for AIDS awareness, gay rights, conservation of the environment, as well as Goodwill Ambassador for the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Pasek got married in 2009 and currently resides in the United States with her husband. To this day, she is highly regarded by the Miss Universe Organization as one of the best titleholders in recent years.

Obs: A full report on Miss Universe 2002 will be written when Oxana Fedorova’s time arrives.

 

Miss U 2002 in a visit to the White House

 

The pride of Panama!

Miss Universe 2002 - Justine Pasek of Panama

109 comments to 25th place – Miss Universe 2002 – Justine Pasek

  • Brad

    Justine is GORGEOUS. She has top model’s looks but at the same time a very sweet aura of accessibility. The only reason she gets hate is because she wasn’t the original winner for the pageant. But Miss Universe’s history is filled with cases where the runner up should have been the winner. Probably that’s not the case here, as Oxana is unquestionably beautiful, but Justine, who’s also stunning, did what Oxana couldn’t: the job. She has work ethics, which obviously Oxana doesn’t. I’m so happy she made it to the top 25, well deserved Justine!!!.

    • Ava Gardner

      You are SPECULATING about the reason behind Oxana being dethroned. We all know that she was gorgeous, well-rounded and intelligent. We also know that Donald Trump can be shady and arbitrary. That said, it is unjustified to claim she couldn’t do the job.

      I rank Justine in the low 50s because she lacks vibrance and a real distinct beauty. She photographs well but she just isn’t all that captivating. My low ranking for her has nothing to do with Oxana being dethroned it has to do with her lack of allure, projection and poise. Cyprus, South Africa or Germany should have occupied her 1st RU finish its just that the audience influenced the judges with her very predictable and poorly articulated “I’d be Miss Puerto Rico if I could be any other contestant” finalist interview.

      • Brad

        No, I’m not speculating. She was fired because she refused to fulfill her obligations. That’s the official reason given by her MUO and she never denied it. At the time she herself gave different reasons: being upset with her Howard Stern interview or wanting to work on her dissertation, in either case the result was same refusing to do her job.

        • KL

          Oxana probably didn’t realize that Miss Universe was a full-time job… that you are going to be on call for a whole year. Then again, it is telling that the MUO didn’t try to accomodate her, I supposed that since Panama was hosting the pageant next year, might as well let Justine be the new Miss Universe.

          • Brad

            KL, you know that’s incredibly condescending. Seriously?. She didn’t know?. She was a university lecturer working on her PhD at the time and she didn’t know what she was getting herself into?. And even if she was not aware of her responsibilities, that’s still no excuse, you have to do the job. Don’t blame it on MUO; I’m no Trump’s fan, but whatever horrible treatment she was subjected to, every other Miss Universe has been subjected to before and after her. She is enormously beautiful(or at least she was when she was crowned, I’ve seen some recent pictures of her and I’m not loving them) and she was unquestionably the clear winner that night, but people please don’t be so blinded by her beauty to make up excuses for her: she failed to do her job and was fired for it and she has no one to blame but herself.

  • Greenwich

    ¡¡Por fin!!

  • Luis

    I have to confess to always like Justine over Oxana despite her beauty and presence. But there were so much natural and simple things in Justine that I wanted her to win that night. A detail of that pageant was Miss Cyprus who was among the semifinalist. She was the other delegate I liked very much.

  • Alvaro Levy

    You did an incredible job as Miss Universe 2002. Panama is very proud of you Justine. Bella, Inteligente, Carismatica, Excelente cuerpo, y el donaire hermoso de la mujer tipica panamena. Well Deserved this 25 Justine.

  • Alfredo

    1. That’s what I liked about Justine, she wasn’t a cheesy latina, she’s a real-woman in all aspects. She reminds me a bit of Jennifer Lopez physically LOL

    2. As of goddess, Oxana, Miss Universe didn’t treat her very well. She was sent to ridiculous interviews and tabloids magazines, typical of Trump management to raise controversies. Oxana, as Justine, are examples of the woman of the 21st century, being professionals to achieve a career and jobs in areas dominated by men. I’m so glad Oxana and Justine (of Eastern European parents, by the way) became Miss Universes in one point of their lives.

    3. Although I LOVE Oxana so much, she shouldn’t be in the list as she is not officially a MIss UNiverse titleholder. Hopefully she gets a special recognition. I’m sure if she held up on her title, she would have been the number 1 in the list.

    • Jay

      Alfredo, I agree she should not be included as she is not an official title holder in the eyes of MUO; however you’ve obviously not been following the countdown, as GB has made it clear PLENTY OF TIMES that Oxana is included in the ranking. As for MUO not treating Oxana very well, that’s incredibly condescending and simply not true. She complained about being sent to the controversial Howard Stern show, which every single Miss Universe has visited for many years now. She is extremely beautiful, no question about it, but don’t cut her slack in the work ethics department simply because she is beautiful; if you’re trying to become freaking Miss Universe, you should know visiting the media is part of the deal. A Miss Universe should be able to adapt and interact.

      • Alfredo

        Thank you, Jay for clarifying the purpose of the countdown which I have been following very closely. Regarding Oxana, I agree with you if you want to become MU should know beforehand that dealing with media is part of your job, but I always said it should always be under the dignity of the titleholder. Look how Alicia Machado was used and ridiculed under her reign, the current Miss USA sent to wrestle champion as she was working in a tavern, and how the current Miss Universe Ximena was on the spot controversy during her visit to India. There are times MUO sends mixed signs of how serious they are about this, and for this I understand Oxana resigning her title.

      • ash

        i think oxana deserves to be in this list, in fact she is the most beautiful of all the past miss universe’s!!!! it doesnt matter that she didnt complete her reign because she was miss universe just over a couple of months.

  • licenciado

    Alicia Machado y Ximena Navarrete cuando?

  • VictorG

    The intangible elements that make a woman a great Miss Universe are very important to me. Intelligence, humor, compassion, these are as important as physical fitness and a beautiful face and body. Justine Pasek rescued the Miss Universe crown and did so with class, hard work and good humor. Brava, Justine! A beautiful and wonderful Miss Universe, we are lucky that she wore the crown.

  • prinpoleon

    now i was watching the miss universe 2002 and the next is justine pasek ejeje justine is the proud of panama i love justine in my ranking she place 30 the 25 place is for luz marina zuluaga from colombia :)

  • José

    Alfredo, do you really have to attack Latina women in general in order to praise Justine?. I love Justine, but you make it sound like she is beautiful ‘in spite of’ being latina. If I were to make a similar comment about, say, Indian women, people would be outraged.

    • Alfredo

      As being latino myself and reviewing back my comment, I don’t consider I am attacking a particular ethnicity, especially towards latinas. I apologize if my comment caused such misunderstanding, but I’m not apologizing for the intention of my comment. The only thing is Justine Pasek is not your typical latina queen coming from a beauty school, and yes I have my own favorite latina Miss Universe.

  • Kate

    With Justine Pasek placing at #25, the top 3 from North America have been set: Shawn Weatherly, Natalie Glebova, Ximena Navarrete

    • Justin

      The top 3 for North America had already been set. Justine is from Panama, which is in Central America. For GB’s purposes, they designated that region as North and Central America.

  • alzuar

    hasta que por fin no??? una mujer bonita y natural pero nada mas, nada especial, nada impresionante, salieron mucho mejores antes que ella, pero bueno esto es simplememte un espacio para que cada uno exprese sus opiniones subjetivas y pues bienvenidas sean todas

  • Lily

    I totally disagree with the article where it says “Some pageant fans, mostly from Latin America, never liked her because she was a natural beauty, something the most conservative pageant fans could not understand” That is so stupid and and not true.

    • Cicinho

      It is completely true. Most Latin fans are used to the over-the-top fake beauty queen with the mouth wide open and hair tossing… And to this day, they still bash Justine in forums for not being that way, so that part of the article is COMPLETELY TRUE.

      • Pablo

        Do you personally know ‘most Latin fans’ Cicinho?. That’s a lot of people you’re talking about, why do you make such a big, unfair generalization?. And why are our beauty queens ‘fake’?. Oh wait, they’re not from India, so they’re not ‘spiritual’, and they’re not from East Asia, so they’re not hardworking. They’re Latinas, so they’re cheesy and fake. I can’t believe how tolerant GB is of hatred toward latinos in general, they would never allow this kind of hateful comments if they were directed toward African American or Asian women.

        • Cicinho

          One thing is stating what happened (go to the forums and you will find out) and another thing is “hatred”. If you have an inferiority complex, dont blame GB or fans from other regions for it. It makes you end up like a complete jackass.

          • Ava Gardner

            Actually, Cicinho you are the one coming off as ridiculous and short of perspective.

            Pageant forums do not appeal to all fans. Don’t be so presumptuous.

            Moreover, I can express a preference for Georgina Rizk, Maritza Sayalero or Oxana Fedorova over Justine Pasek and it has nothing to do with an overly dynamic catwalk or exagerated hair or makeup. It has to do with facial beauty, a harmonious body, unique style and radiant personality.

        • Alfredo

          Pablo, you should read comments in forums in other beauty sites and you will read what it is hatred towards Latinas, Asians and Africans, and unbelievably misogenyst comments in general.

      • Eric

        I actually find those comments “bias” and “irresponsable”… Maybe I get a little bit outraged because I expect more professionalism from GB (Upps, once again their trajectory says otherwise). Anyway, it might be true that “most” latinos were not please with Justine, but the reason for the unacceptance is not because of her non-traditional-latina personality but because of the fascination that Oxana caused on everybody (note, for example, how Oxana hasnt been eliminated yet). I personally like the character and maturity that Justine project, besides a great body… but facially, I think she is “ordinary”.

  • Kate

    GB split North America into two regional rankings: North and Central America, and the Caribbean. Justine Pasek finishes 4th in the North and Central America regional ranking. The Caribbean still has two delegates among the top 25: Janelle Commissiong and Denise Quinones.

  • Aster21

    ¡AL FINNNNN! ESTA MUJER NI EN SUEÑOS ES MÁS BELLA QUE MONA GRUDT O QUE ALGUNA OTRA QUE YA SALIÓ DE COMPETENCIA. SÓLO UN GOLPE DE SUERTE LA HIZO MISS UNIVERSO. ESPERO VER PRONTO FUERA DE LA LISTA A ALICIA MACHADO Y DENISSE QUIÑONES, QUIEN GANÓ SÓLO PORQUE ESA EDICIÓN DEL CONCURSO FUE EN PUERTO RICO, EN CUALQUIER OTRO LADO NO LLEGA NI AL TOP 5.

    • xessppe

      al fin una opinion sensata.! denisse estuvo en puerto rico y con 2 jueces puerto riqueños, conveniente, no? y tampoco es que es muy bella.! es normal.! a Alicia, pues con ella si vas a tener que esperar mas.! si la GB esta evaluando el desenvolvimiento de la MU en el dia en que ganaron.! pues no creo que alguien le gane a la machado en ese aspecto.! esperemos a ver.!

  • Ken

    I think Justine was one of the Top 5 most beautiful Miss Universe winners ever and deserves to be ranked even higher. Also, for the person who said Panama is not in North America but Central America, Central America is not a continent but part of North America.

  • Tina

    Justine proved to be an excellent Miss Unviverse but despite her pretty looks, I am surprised she managed to attain the position of 1st RU that night. I have a feeling her interview question and response really helped her where she said she would love to represent Puerto Rico (pageant patty answer but still she delivered it extremely well and with energy). This is why I feel different Top 5 questions are unfair since some can be automatic crowd pleasers while others are serious in nature.

    I also never cared for Justine’s competition hairstyle. She looked fantastic at the press conference when her hair was flat ironed, though. And her MUO head shot is one of my favs ever.

    Overall, I am glad she got to live her dream.

    • Dante

      I agree a 100%. The final question should be the same for all top 5 finalists. This way no finalist will be in any disadvantage since all of them will have the same chance to elaborate on one specific topic. I mean, how can you possibly been asked “If you could be either fire or water which would you be and why?”(Serbia and Montenegro 03) or “If you could have any type of superpower what would it be?” (Korea 07) and still win the Miss Uinverse pageant? Even though these questions are easy to answer they’re not the type a contestant could elaborate, call everyone’s attention and still make a great impression. Not like the ones made by Botswana 99, India in 2000, Puerto Rico 2001, Canada 2005 and so many other during pageant history. Having 5 different questions is also prone to hear the same type of questions over and over year after year.

      • Anaxagoras

        You bet , the judges fall into making “cliché-old questions” ieg. don’t remember the judge that made the question to Stefania Fernandez in 2009 and Baldwin question to Venus Raj last year (and no offense,but Stefania gave a cliché answer and Venus yet she didn’t deliver well). Another moment that I can recall, was when similar questions were made to Lupita Jones and Elisa Najera ( though it wasn’t the final question but it was part of her score, Rodriguez asked Lupita that everybody wanted to be succesfull, when did she feel succesful? and Cavalli asked Elisa when was the moment a woman would feel satisfied?
        And when a daring question is made and the delegate answers from their heart, it seems that judges don’t like their open sincerity when they seemd to expect an opposite type answer. ieg. Holland in 1991 and Ukraine last year.
        There have been spectacular questions with spectacular answers, dumb questions with yet spectacular anwers and dumb questions with even dumber answers.
        I would also like to bring up that translators can also make a difference over the judges final decision (2007 Venezuela, the experienced translator blew up her chances).
        But I wonder if the final question it’s a big turning point for judges, maybe they have already given their vote !!!

  • Mr Brightside

    I will always acknoledge her for taking the title and doing sucha good job, taking into account the circumstances and the gril (godess) that was dethroned…but her beauty is not top 25 not even top 35 in my opinion…she is natural but remarkable, there have been other natural looking latina women that were so much better than her..if we pay attention there were more suitable choices for 1st runner up, South Africa or unforgettable Cyprus who happen to be very natural and whose beauty was more appreciated by pageants fans around the world, specially taking into account she came from a non traditional and unsuccesful country in pageants

  • GEORGE

    POR FINNNNNNNNNNNNNN !!!
    ESTA MUJER, DEBIÓ QUEDARSE EN ALGÚN PUESTO EN LOS 50´S
    LLEGÓ MUY LEJOS!

  • JUSTINE IS AN ORDINARY WOMAN LIKE MONA,MISS UNIVERSE 2010 ETC
    GREECE COULD HAVE 2 MORE CROWNS!
    CONGRATULATIONS TO G.B FOR THE NICE JOB!!!

  • WilliamNYC

    A few years ago, Justine Pasek took in the the Christian Dior fashion show in Paris, and she looked unbeliveably beautiful. The paparazzi went crazy with Justine.

  • Her beauty notwithstanding, Oksana Fyodorova in hindsight did not deserve to win Miss Universe. I’ve said it before on other forums, and I’ll say it again: this is not just a beauty pageant; it’s the job interview of a lifetime. Oksana was ill-equipped to be a Miss Universe. I actually think that it was an insult to the other 70+ delegates that she won when in fact, she didn’t seem invested in the contest or the title. There were plenty of women in 2002 who may not have been gifted with Oksana’s looks or socio-political clout (the new Russia and that sort of thing), but actually WANTED to be Miss Universe. I actually think that she way WAY over-scored in both semifinal rounds. I think that ALL contestants in the Miss Universe system HAVE to be educated on what being Miss Universe entails. They have to know the organization, they have to know what they’re getting into should they win, and they have to know what the job expectations are. If they think that they can handle it, more power to them. If not, then there are other people who can.

    I actually liked Justine at MU 2002. She wasn’t the typical Latina delegate. She was relatively raw compared to other delegates, but she had a undefinable quality and loads of charm that made her stand out on the night. They could have saved everyone a world of trouble had they chosen Justine as MU 2002 from the get-go.

  • Antorcha

    Justine is beautiful and so were China, Cyprus, Canada, and Germany. Unfortunately for Justine and the other 2002 MU contestants, all of them will be associated for competing against unforgettable Oxana, who simply blew beautiful Justine and the others away with scores that not even Justine came close to. Oxana is so indescribably and breath-takingly stunning that when her country was called for the semifinalists, the competition was already over and even Dayanara stood up to give Oxana a standing ovation during the crowning.

    But congratulations to Justine for sensationally continuing where Oxana left off and making Panama very proud. I think even Oxana would be glad that Justine was a good Miss Universe.

    This countdown is counting down fast.

    • KL

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Oxana’s victory was an unanimous vote by the judges: all of them gave her a #1 ranking. After the evening gown competition, you know who the front runner is. When Oxana came out in during the swimsuit competition, I can never forget her perfect figure and the way her hips swayed back and forth, almost hypnotically. The whole audience was going crazy and by this point, it was really a contest of who will be 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th.

      Even though she didn’t finish her reign, I wouldn’t doubt it if she would win this. And I certainly hope the judges wouldn’t hold that against her.

    • ash

      i couldnt agree more!!! ever since oxana there hasnt been a miss universe crowning so covered by the media in terms of her beauty, she was all over the newspapers and on the news about her swimsuit presentation… she was breathtaking, no other miss universe contestant has come close, prob miss venezuella 2007 ly jonaitis came close in terms of beauty and poise on the night of the pageant! i think part of the reason she quit was because here was an intelligent woman yet she was only exploited for her beauty by the MUO, good on her for making a stand!

      • Garh

        I recall reading an article that she nearly didn’t make it to MU due to visa issues and that it was a last minute rush and a comment was made by one of the authorities that she will either not make the competition or will and go onto win it.
        Hope she places in the top 5 and wins it. Though am picking Jennifer Hawkins to win.

  • Jacobson

    Congrat justine very deserving, We have to note however that the donald wanted to turn oxana into a sex kitten. Which she completely refused and lost interest in the title,. That is why she just gave up. European girls won’t do bend to american mostly.
    Even us fans were shocked at the interviews they were sending her.

    • Jonathan

      Hello Jacobson: Can you give me samples of the interview? or Links? or articles? I am so interested in learning about this. I am well aware of the rumors sorrounding the Trump’s penchant for exploitation but have yet to see proof of this. Hmm. THis is interesting. my email is – athan@onsemi.com. Thanks sir.

    • Alfredo

      Thank you. I was trying to explain why Oxana did have to resign her title, but you worded it better.

    • prinpoleon

      what your you say is than oxana gone for the MUO because oxana did not make the “favors” of donald trump and the other winners what you say than the other winners make the “request” of donald trump give me a link o someone thing or one interview because is very offensive than the other delegates win because darkness reasons

      • Andrew

        Prinpoleon, I have no idea what you’re talking about, either learn English or write in your native language because most of what you write makes no sense at all. Jacobson, your suggestion is ridiculous, baseless, shocking and offensive to MUO and every other Miss Universe winner. Talking to the media is part of a Miss Universe’s job, it’s not ‘bending over to Americans’.

  • Julia

    JUSTINE DESERVES A TOP 5 SPOT…. SHE IS VERY BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  • Jonathan

    I did not follow Miss U 2002 but I think Justine looks like Queen Latifah and Eva Mendez – both beautiful women. But I concede that Oxana is way above the top 10.

  • GEM

    JUSTIN PASEK UNA DE LAS MAS BELLAS MISS UNIVERSO DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS, BELLA NO SOLO POR FUERA SINO POR DENTRO APARTE UNA MUJER SUPER INTELIGENTE Y REALMENTE INVOLUCRADA CON CAUSAS DE CARIDAD A DIFERIENCIA DE OTRAS QUE SOLO LO HACEN POR OBLIGACION EN SU AÑO DE REINADO ELLA LO HIZO Y LO HACE AUN POR CONVICCION, LA ORAGANIZACION DE MISS UNIOVERSO LO DIJO UNA DE LAS MEJORES MISS UNIVERSO LASTIMA QUE SIEMPRE SE LE RELACIONE CON LA FUNESTA DE OXANA, CREO QUE ELLA MERECIA ENTRAR AL TOP 10. AHORA DEBEN SACAR A ALICIA, DAYANA,CECILIA QUE DEBERIERON ESTAR AFUERA MUCHO ANTES QUE LA HERMOSA JUSTINE.

    • licenciado

      Respeto tu opinion, Alicia si deberia salir, pero creo que Cecilia y Dayana, hay otras que deben salir antes que ellas.

    • Joseph

      Dayana fue considerada por Donald Trump en una entrevista como una de las 3 mejores Miss Universo desde que Trump está en la organización. El dijo que la peor ha sido Fedorova y las mejores han sido Jennifer Hawkins, Dayana Mendoza y Stefania Fernandez.

    • Anaxagoras

      No soy Venezolano, pero Alicia debe estar en los primeros lugares !!! Se que no es del agrado de muchos, pero así como Oxana, el día del concurso ambas lucían ESPECTACULARES y bien lo dijo Osmel Souza (refiriéndose a Alicia): Esa noche no había nada para las demás porque ella lo tenía todo y eso aplica para las dos !!!

  • DIM

    Lovely girl with suppppppper body! At the same time I think all 2002 finalists just served as a background for Oxana )))

  • Phoenix777

    Winning the once in a lifetime and a prestigious title Miss Universe is a dream of most women around the globe. I just don’t understand what’s in the title why some winners are struggling to perform the job just what Zuleyka Rivera MU 2006 confessed in spite of the fabulous prizes for them. I just envy again Zuleyka and Tara Conner Miss USA 2006 because when they experienced problems during their reign which is considered very unbecoming for a beauty queen (specially Tara) compared to what Oxana commited is a far serious matter. The Miss Universe organization extended the helped they needed just to be save and finish their year with a graceful exit. I just hope they did the same thing to Oxana Fedorova, attending her needs and helped her to overcome whatever she went through in her times of troubles, or they really planned to let her go because the next host of the event will be in Panama, the next in line to the crown??? I believe that if they would like to do it, it’s very possible for them to implement it. Be fair MUO. Anyway, Justine Pasek an equally beautiful and deserving to the crown did her duties with joy, compassion and confidence. With or without crown and sash, Oxana is undeniably a goddess!!! God bless Global Beauties and Miss Universe Organization.

  • Alex

    Never liked her. Though she is truly a very natural girl, I always found her so short, and chubby, besides her look throughout her reign and her mouth…far from beautiful no matter how natural she is being praised. For that matter Shawn Weatherly should have been kicked out ages ago.

    But then again good job GB, you have everyone glued to their seats waiting. Though its pretty obvious that the final 3 will be Glebova, Navarrete, and HAwkins

  • planetchuckie

    Oxana is a goddess but Justine is a very natural, sincere, and down-to-earth beauty. She deserved to take over the crown and reigned well.

  • cejotama

    UN GOLPE DE SUERTE. ESE AÑO ESTABA EXPLICITO EL TRIUNFO DE MISS RUSIA. AUN ES UN MISTERIO EL PORQUE TUVO QUE RENUNCIAR MEDIO REINADO. QUIZAS UNA DE LAS MISS UNIVERSOS MAS BELLAS DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS. ME HUBIERA GUSTADO VER EN EL DESFILE DE TRAJE DE BAÑO HABERSE QUITADO EL PAREO Y VER SU FIGURA ESPECTACULAR CON LA CUAL HA OBTENIDO LA PUNTUACIO MAS ALTA EN TRAJE DE BAÑO DE LA HISTORIA. MEJORANDO A VERUZAKA RAMIREZ MISS VENEZUELA EN 1998- AHORA BIEN, EL GRUPO ESTABA MUY PAREJO PARTICULAREMENTE DE SABER QUE RUSIA RENUNCIARIA. MISS CHINA DEBIO HABER SIDO LA PRIMERA FINALISTA Y POR ENDE MISS UNIVERSO. UNA DE LAS CHINAS MAS HERMOSA EN TODA LA HISTORIA. MIS CHIPRE BELLISIMA MISS CANADA PARECIA MAS LATINA QUE LA MISMA MISS PANAMA. ESE AÑO HUBIERON 2 MISS VENEZOLANAS. MISS VENEZUELA CINTHIA LANDER Y MISS ALEMANIA QUIEN PERDIO EN EL MISS VENEZUELA, PERO COMO TENIA DOBLE NACIONALIDAD VIAJO A ALEMANIA Y GANO. A MI PARECER JUSTINE DEBIO HABER OCUPADO UNA POSICION MAS BAJA. LLEGO MUY LEJOS.

    • Juan

      No es ningún misterio, ella misma admitió que se debió a que quería terminar sus estudios de Doctorado y a que se sintió ofendida por el trato que recibió en el programa radial de Howard Stern. Y es cierto, ese año hubo(no se dice hubieron) dos venezolanas, y las 2 finalistas, hermosísimas Cynthia y Natascha.

  • dilip indian

    frankly speaking justine is not beautiful facially.she was first runner up,even that was too much as other more deserving candidates such as s africa cyprus albania were left out.
    One point is to be noted, less beautiful a mu is ,the more better a miss mu tag is given to her by muo to her.i think its so to camouflage their physical shortcoming.

  • Luciano C.

    At last. She ranked too high.

  • Taraki

    She’s gorgeous indeed, she has that JLo vibe! Many hate her and call her ugly just bcuz she took Oxana’s place after she quit, so ridic! Justine was a deserving titleholder.

  • VERSAILLES

    ESTE TIPA DEBIO SALIR HACE MUCHISIMO TIEMPO! EN EL PUESTO 57 o 58 POR LO MENOS…
    JAMAS COMPRENDERE COMO YOSTIN CONSIGUIO LLEGAR TAN LEJOS EN AQUEL MU 2002, TOMANDO EN CUENTA LA CANTIDAD DE VERDADERAS BELLEZAS QUE HABIA: SUDAFRICA Vanessa Carreira; VZLA. Cynthia Lander; ALBANIA Anisa Kospiri; ALEMANIA Natascha Borger; PAISES BAJOS Kim Kotter (UNA PRECIOSIDAD QUE QUEDO EN EL #11 PUESTO DE LA CLASIFICACION FINAL).
    OBVIAMENTE INFLUYO EN LA DECISION DE LOS ORGANIZADORES, EL HECHO QUE YA ERA SEGURO QUE EL CERTAMEN DEL 2003 TENDRIA COMO SEDE LA CIUDAD DE PANAMA.
    PARA MUCHOS LA RUSA OXANA FEDOROVA ES LA MU MAS GUAPA DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS! Y ESPEREMOS QUE CLASIFIQUE ENTRE LAS CINCO PRIMERAS DE ESTA ENCUESTA.

    • Cicinho

      I can give you that Cyprus was a force to reckon with, Oxana herself too. But Venezuela??? You have got to be freaking kidding if you think that woman was more beautiful than Justine. Did she have a spectacular body? Yes. But the face, OMG the face, Ive seen prettier women milking cows.. Cynthia won in Venezuela simply because she was the cousin of Irene Saez and beat one of the MOST BEAUTIFUL CONTESTANTS of all times.. Norelys Rodriguez!!! I can understand your discomfort about Justine being placed so high, but when you say that Cynthia Lander was prettier, just confirms that your taste in beauty is absolutely bogus.

      For the record, Kim Kotter looked like crap that year (she looks better now) and Germany probably thought she had it in the bag, she came with her hair wet and that gown was very vulgar considering there were women in the panel of judges.

      Vanessa Carreira was like that woman in “Seinfeld” who looked gorgeous from one side and really ugly from the other. And if “Panama hosting” had to do with Justine placing, please then again tell me why Ecuador 2003 didnt place, or Thailand 2004, when these venues had already been confirmed.

      • Lily

        I was reading your post and agreeing with you… UNTIL I got to your comments on Germany and South Africa. Then I realized that you were full of hot air. Germany was a doll and her evening gown was gorgeous! And your comments on Vanessa Carreira actually just proved that maybe you’re the one with the “absolutely bogus” taste in beauty. Sorry.

      • Andrés

        Justine is very beautiful and I’m glad she took over after the mess Oxana left(I’m not so blinded by her beauty to forgive her for being irresponsible). As for Cynthia, you are obviously biased against her, I won’t say she deserved to win but she definitely belonged in the top 5. And Vanessa Ferreira is gorgeous, maybe it’s just you don’t like women from Africa.

      • Anaxagoras

        You’re totally right about Cynthia Lander, not a real and natural beauty ( when she won the Miss Venezuela she didn’t have the extreme makeover done then). She did belong to the top five though would’ve loved to see Cyprus instead. And I guess you’re a little too harsh on Germany and South Africa, they were not that bad, specially South Africa. Anyway, Justine was better that Cynthia.

        And certainly you’re making a point about favoritism on some delgates due to the organization economical-political-finnancial interests (I guess a lot of people haven’t forgot about 2008 fiasco with Puerto Rican Ingrid Marie Rivera and her allegedly favoritism from Mr. Trump and yet she didn’t make it to the semifinalists). Hosting or not hosting the pageant is not a guarantee neither to be a semifinalist nor a winner !!!

    • licenciado

      Para mi gusto, las mejores, Oxana 2002, Jennifer 2004 y Natalie 2005

    • Aster21

      Totalmente de acuerdo. Cómo llegó a este puesto no lo sé. Era de mis candidatas para un ranking bajísmo. Mi opinión también fue que sólo un golpe de suerte pudo hacer que Justine llegara a ser Miss Universe. Espero que el hecho de haber sido destronada y tener un reinado tan corto, no influya para que el ranking de Oxana Fedorova no sea el que le corresponde: la ganadora de este conteo o por lo menos top 3.

      • Luis

        No fue un golpe de suerte, fue la propia irresponsabilidad de Oxana lo que la hizo merecedora de la corona.

      • Aster21

        Perdón licenciado, este comentario era para VERSAILLES.

      • VERSAILLES

        Para Aster21:
        TIENES MUCHA RAZON; A MI TAMBIEN ME PREOCUPA EL HECHO QUE HAYA ATENUANTES CON OXANA FEDOROVA Y TAMBIEN CONTRA AMPARO MUNOZ (Q.E.P.D.), POR EL HECHO QUE SOLAMENTE REINO DURANTE SEIS MESES ANTES DE DEJAR SUS OBLIGACIONES COMO MU, (Aunque nunca fue oficialmente despojada del titulo).

  • Dante

    I’m glad Justine became Miss Universe eventually. She did a remarkable job. I’m not a big fan of her beauty, but I do think she is one of the most down to earth and natural Miss Universe from Latin America. Unfortunately latinas tend to be a little rehearsed and plastic, no offense. But based only in terms of beauty, I would have placed Justine in a much lower position. I must say I’m kinda suprised she made it this far.

  • samzozo

    I do not like her period. She was never a crowd favorate.South Africa should have been 1st runner up.She was more beautiful and eloquent that Panama who sucked up to the crowd with her answer.Mpule and Wendy are way more pretty than her.

  • lamarquise

    I absolutely love this girl. She has an irresistible charm and you can’t help but listen to her speaking. There seems to be a high level of sincerity in this lady, someone you can count on and trust. Furthermore, she is not overconfident and cocky, a trait that I totally like and find unique among the latin contestants (who sometimes can come across as overconfident or rehearsed). Justine Pasek is definitely one of the best Miss Universe. It was unfortunate that Oxana didn’t continue as Miss Universe, but it was also a great thing that it was Justine who took over the reign.

    Her ranking in here is a bit slow, because I prefer Justine over Dayana. Well we all know the judges love Dayana so this girl will rank very high. I would not be surprised that she even places in the top 3. Oh well, beauty is so subjective. I would not hesitate to put Justine in the top 5.

    • NANANA

      i dont think so dayana is very beautiful and she was a favorite for all time in the peagent and never loose the spark dayana now is very beautiful and the second miss universe most productive for the organizacion sorry but dayana is the best and dayana place in the top 3 and maybe the winner because is the best

  • Micaiah

    Justine tiene, en mi opinión, EL MEJOR CUERPO que ha tenido una miss Universo jamás, realmente perfecto. Oxana no tenía un cuerpo perfecto, pero su elegancia y forma de caminar, junto con ese rostro absolutamente perfecto, hacían que llamara más la atención. De todos modos, a mi justine me encanta, es una belleza racial, natural y muy fresca. Me parece muy merecido su top25.

  • ALAL

    Although I found Justine to be very natural, I personally I did not think if she was all that better than Misses South Africa and Venezuela. I think South Africa should’ve got the first runner-up, second runner-up for Venezuela, third runner-up for China and fourth for Panama. Had Miss Universe Organization already known beforehand that Oxana was expecting, then she should have not been allowed to participate in the first place. Oxana was definitely the best contestant at Miss Universe 2002, but Justine was just very ordinary in my opinion. I believe the ranking done by Global Beauties seems a bit bizarre and unfair to me.

  • Alvaro Levy

    Justin you are number one (1) in Central America. The only Latina Miss Universe in this region. Love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  • pop

    Justine Pasek, in my ranking, is the 47th place with the score 9.026 .

  • Elmonje88

    Justin, cara común…..buen cuerpo…..pero muy gris, a mi parecer!….es imperdonable que bellezas como Lupita, Yvonne, Irene, Amelia y hasta la misma Stefanía hayan llegado por debajo de esta mujer….en fin, esta es opinion de un grupo de “expertos” y se respeta…..Bien por Miss panamá 2002

  • xessppe

    Don’t like her.! so simple for my taste.! i know you won’t like what i am gonna say but DAYANA, OXANA AND NATALIE look like the same.! and for the record.! natalie is a 100% RUSSIAN beauty, she moved to canada when she was very little.! and i think the MU organization was looking for someone who looked like oxana.! and natalie was Perfect.!

    PD: XIMENA AND DENISE MUST BE NEXT.! BOTH ARE SO SO BORED FOR ME.! BEAUTIFUL BUT BORED.!

  • KL

    About Miss South Africa, if the Miss Photogenic award were actually voted by the (almost) non-partial press, she might have won. Looked very good in photographs, but on finals night, she was stiff and unspontaneous and all she talked about was how she is so hard on herself and how she is an overachiever. No wonder she ended up 4th.

  • PACO

    pero no nos contaron nada sobre el concurso DE ese año. se centraron solo en el remplazo de justine

    esperaba que contaran quienes eran favoritas y cuales las sorpresas de la noche….creo qie quedaron en deuda con nosotros

    • Luis

      Paco, creo que no leiste toda la reseña. Al final dicen muy claramente que darán un resumen completo de ese Miss Universo cuando llegue el turno de Oxana.

  • Felipe

    Miss colombia 2002 should be the 1st runner up and later the miss universe…. that’s all.

  • paco

    Gracias luis. tienes razon no lei esa parte. ademas pienso que oxana debe estar entre las 5 mejores con natalie glegova jeniffer de australia y angela visser.

    Tambien recuerdo que la colombiana era la primer mujer de raza negra que representaba este pais……

  • Anaxagoras

    Viendo nuevamente,bien y con detalle el concurso( lo tengo en VHS JEJEJE), Justine tiene todo el derecho de haber quedado como 1st runner up!!! Su cuerpo era fenomenal, su estilo en el vestido de noche estuvo por a la altura y por encima de muchas otras participantes tanto de ese año como de otros. Y bueno, ni que decir de su respuesta en la pregunta final, simplemente fué inteligente y supo ganarse a los jueces y al público sin ser arrogante o caer en la farsantería como otras lo han hecho con la finalidad de demostrar la inteligencia de la cual carecen. Definitivamente estuvo a la altura para competir con Oxana.
    Me hubiera encantado que China(aunque es de mis asiáticas preferidas pero no favorita)hubiera quedado como 1st runner up y Justine en 3ro como un capricho personal. Era mi favorita sentimental pero bien ganado su lugar.
    Aún así, las tres finalistas eran las mejores y fueron quienes se ganaron el lugar por propios meritos ( aunque hallan sido solamente físicos, pues parte de la esencia del concurso es eso no???)
    Hay que olvidar si Oxana terminó o no terminó su reinado por capricho de ella o estar en disgusto con la oganización( espero ansiosamente ver las reacciones del posicionamiento de Amparo Muñoz en éste ranking, sin duda otra ganadora de las máaaaas bellas con una situación similar a la de Oxana) y si Justine era o no lo suficientemente bella para ocupar su lugar. El punto es que Oxana, lo tenía todo para ganar esa noche y lo hizo. Y Justine lo tenía todo para quedar como su suplente y como tal, lo hizo muy bien.
    Me gustaría saber la opinión de muchos si ésta situación con las mismas carácterísticas se hubiera dado con Christiane Martell, Martha Vasconcellos, Janelle Comissióng, Maritza Sayalero, Barbara Palacios, Angela Visser, Sushmita Sen,Lara Dutta,Dennise Quiñones, Jennifer Hawkins o Natalie Glebova. Sin embargo muchos estarán de acuerdo que han sido los años en que tanto la Ganadora como la suplente han sido mujeres espectaculares !!! Posiblemente causaría la misma o más controversia y posiblemente éste comentario también !!!

  • KL

    To Brad, I don’t know why I couldn’t reply directly to your reply to me. But how was my observation “condescending”? Perhaps you should look up the word’s defintion before using it. I am stating why perhaps Oxana left,not making excuses. Then again, we were only told in very general terms why she was sacked. She didn’t embarassed herself in public like Tara Conner, Zuleyka Rivera and Katie Blair did. Since Oxana is a lecturer working on her PHD, she have enough going on in her life rather than doing many of the other more frivolous things that Miss Universe seem to be doing most of the time, like walking down red carpets and attending pageants.

  • Paulo

    I prefer her than Oxana, much more beautiful. Justine had body and looks like a supermodel. Lembra Cindy Crawford.

  • tom

    la panameña se destaco por ser trabajadora y humilde y bonita por eso la pusieron de primera por que el jurado sabia que algo hiba apasar con oxana

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