33rd place – Miss Universe 2009 – Stefania Fernandez

33rd place – Stefania Fernandez (Venezuela)

(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)

Miss Universe 2009 was held in Nassau, Bahamas, and was marked by controversy before, during, and after the event. In a year when the media was thirsty for pageant scandals, especially after Miss California USA Carrie Prejean’s controversial answer on gay marriage in the final moments of Miss USA 2009.

Miss U in the Bahamas: opening number

It was first announced that negotiations were on the way to hold the pageant at the Atlantis Resort in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  However, politics might have been gotten in the way, when -as reported in a Vegas outlet- the UAE would refuse to allow Miss Israel to enter the country.

Croatia had expressed interest in hosting the contest, and the local media had made a huge deal out of it. It made it look like it was a done deal. As followers of the contest and directors were already looking for info about the country, Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor withdrew the bid, stating that it would cost too much and the national budget had already been compromised with other priorities. It was the end of the pageant’s dream to return to Europe.

The fav from Down Under: 4th place.

In the month of March, it was made official by the MUO that the 58th Miss Universe pageant would take place at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas, August 30th. One week later, another press released showed a change of date: August 23rd.

Pre-favorites for the pageant were led by the stunning Miss Australia (Rachael Finch), followed by Dominican Republic (Ada de la Cruz), Netherlands (Avalon Chanel Weyzig), France (Chloe Mortaud), Mexico (Karla Carrillo), and South Africa (Tatum Keshwar).

Miss Japan (Emiri Miyasaka), another early favorite, made headlines around the globe due to controversial reactions to her national costume. The Japanese beauty lost her status of favorite when she arrived in the Bahamas completely “overbaked” (too much tanning) and an excess of  collagen injected in her lips.

Japan's over-the-top tan and pouty lips ended her chances

Another favorite was the stunning Sofia Rudieva of Russia, who the chaperones said “was impossible to deal with”.  She also carried scandals on her shoulders: nude photos published by Russian magazines, taken when she was still under 18.

Miss Turks & Caicos was sent back home the same day before the pageant, and organizers disclosed that it was because of health problems. Well, not exactly…  a few months later Jewel gave birth to a beautiful baby!

Miss Venezuela in evening gown

While Stefania was not a big favorite due to Dayana’s win the previous year, she was still considered a strong contender. When she won her national title, a few months earlier, there were comments that a “back-to-back” would be perfectly possible.

But the red lipstick she wore during pageant days, and her outdated wardrobe, were enough for her to drop from most favorites’  lists.

The event was also marked by another controversy: a dispute between Bolivia and Peru, due to the national costume presented by Miss Peru, called “la diablada”. Bolivian authorities said that this was unlawful appropiation of Bolivian heritage; Peru contested the charges by stating that “la diablada” comes from the indigenous region of Aymara, and Chile, Peru and Bolivia have this characteristic in their culture.

Dayana (Miss U09) introduced the new crown

For the first time, the Presentation Show was shown live online through UStream; fans all around the world were able to witness the competition as it happened, rooting for their favorites. Some of the them lost points during this event and other started to emerge, such as Misses Kosovo, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, and Spain.

Most comments during that night were about the poorly styled hair of the contestants, but the star of the presentation show was Miss Venezuela, and not in a good way.

During the evening gown competition, she came out looking like “Babette” of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, completed with a hairdo that was not appropiate for her, odd earrings and the so famous red feathered gown.  For many, it was the end of the line for Venezuela in 2009. And how wrong they were…

Miss Dominican Rep. was 2nd

The final day of competition arrived, and Stefania changed her entire look, from Disney character parody, to that of a glamorous Hollywood star from its golden age. Still, she confessed she was nervous and insecure.

The event was held at the Imperial Ballroom of the Atlantis Paradise resort. Even though it was a large room with a capacity of about 4,000 people, for TV purposes it looked crammed and small.  The production however, was nicely done, although the music attractions and girls dancing in swimsuits to the sound of rap, were highly criticized. Hosted by Billy Bush and Claudia Jordan, the delegates trembled in anticipation with the announcement of the Top 15:

Puerto Rico, Iceland, Albania, Czech Republic, Belgium, Dominican Republic, Sweden, Kosovo, Australia, France, Switzerland, South Africa, USA, Croatia, and finally, Venezuela.

A well rounded top 15, which marked a new tendency in the Miss Universe pageant: they chose the ‘healthier’ looking women, in a year where the fashion world had vowed to end the anorexic look. No Asian country placed in the finals for the first time since 1991.

Mexico: out of the top 15

Favorites Mexico, Russia and Colombia did not place. Mexico failed to place for the first time since 2003. Russia’s difficult personality and nude photos certainly ruined her chances at the pageant.

After performances in swimsuit and evening gowns, the judges chose the Top 5: Australia, Kosovo, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The biggest surprise here was the inclusion of Miss Puerto Rico, instead of Miss France, South Africa, or Czech Republic.

Miss South Africa and Miss France went on to compete in Miss World later that year. South Africa was the 2nd runner-up and France was the 3rd runner-up in Johannesburg.

Miss Photogenic was Miss Thailand (voted in the internet) and Miss Congeniality was Miss China.  Although there were reports that Miss Panama had won Best National Costume, this was not shown in the telecast nor mentioned on the official website.

A new crown, created by Diamond Nexus Lab, made its debut. The Miss Universe website allowed fans to choose its design, by presenting three proposals: “Hope”, “Peace”, and “Unity”. During the telecast, Dayana Mendoza unveiled the new crown: the fans had chosen “Peace” as the winner.

Final answer minutes away from being crowned

After the q/a, the judges had made their mind: 4th runner-up Puerto Rico, 3rd runner-up Australia (shocking the audience in the Bahamas and around the globe), 2nd runner-up Kosovo.  As Dominican Republic and Venezuela held hands, Dominicans started to celebrate what was an “obvious victory”, given that Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela was giving up the crown. Never before, a “back-to-back” victory had happened in Miss Universe.

Suddenly, a surprising  announcement: 1st runner-up was Dominican Republic, making Stefania Fernandez the winner!! Her victory marked the first back-to-back victory for any country in the history of the Miss Universe contest. Overall, it was Venezuela’s 6th Miss U crown.

More controversy

Venezuela wins back-to-back Miss U titles!

A group of fans, furious at the results, created a letter addressed to the MUO in which they asked for an explanation and expressed their discomfort with the victory of Miss Venezuela, stating that the contest had been fixed and that the results did not reflect the scores that were shown during the telecast.

A media frenzy about this situation started.  In an interview with MUO choreographer Michael Schwandt, he  confirmed that Donald Trump selected a certain group of finalists. But this selection process had only been disclosed to directors and some of them were not even aware.

In response, Miss Universe President Paula Shugart released -for the first and only time in the history of Miss Universe pageant- a press statement clearing all doubts about the judges’ voting and selection process. She also mentioned that Trump/MUO had been selecting a certain number of semi finalists since 2005.

http://www.missuniverse.com/news/view/46

Reign

A new hair cut for Fernandez

Stefania’s reign did not start nicely, as not so flattering photos of her in Indonesia were spread throughout the internet. In addition, Stefania’s boyfriend Julio Marcolli was falsely accused of murder.  Charges against him were dropped when they proved that he was in the United States with Stefania when the incident took place. However, there was her name in the media again, not in a positive way.

As months passed, Stefania was determined to live up to her role the best possible way. Her stylists suggested a major change: she cut her hair short, something that worked well for her: Stefania started looking like the stunning young woman who had been crowned Miss Venezuela a few months earlier!

Stefania traveled to places like India, Czech Republic, Russia, Panama, Argentina, among many others countries.  Her visible transformation during her year made her a remarkable Miss Universe: elegant, classy, professional and above all, beautiful. Her great personality touched many hearts, and although very young, she never responded to the criticism she received with hate or negatively. She stayed quiet and show the world that the judges’ choice had been an excellent one with actions and a positive attitude.

Beauty and courage during her farewell walk!

She made her farewell walk  waving the old Venezuela flag, with only seven stars. Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez had ordered the flag changed from seven to eight stars in 2006. The display of the old flag was seen by many as a protest against the new policies of Chávez. Her act of courage caused commotion among her countrymen, and drew admiration from people from all around the world. The Venezuelan stunner who made Miss Universe history, came back the following year looking more beautiful than ever.

 

 

Stefania Fernandez: back-to-back for Venezuela!

Top 5: Dominican Rep (2nd), Australia (4th), Puerto Rico (5th), Venezuela (1st), Kosovo (3rd)

Miss U 09 in the Bahamas

145 comments to 33rd place – Miss Universe 2009 – Stefania Fernandez

  • andres

    FINANMENTE CAE UNA DE LAS VENEZOLANA!
    FINALLY ONE OF THE VENEZUELAN!

    • Jose

      La guerra entonces es en contra de las venezolanas? … Are u happy now? :S such a insane!

      • Joseph

        Hasta ahora es que te das cuenta que la guerra es en contra de las venezolanas? eso es obvio. Muchos no soportan el éxito de las venezolanas en estos concursos y siempre estan contra ellas, sean bellas o no siempre las critican (y algunos hasta las insultan). Eso es una evidente envidia y temor porque las venezolanas siempre son una gran amenaza en esos concursos. Ya eliminaron a una venezolana, pero todavia quedan 5 venezolanas. Y en el conteo de GB en 2001 TODAS las venezolanas entraron al top 15. Asi que falta mucho para que eliminen a otra.

        • Diva Supreme

          To Joseph: Bravo!! I am not Venezuelan but I hope to see all the five other Miss Venezuelas that still remain in the game in the top 15 and most of them in the top 10! And how I wished it were one of them, like the breathtaking Dayana or the beyond lovely Maritza who won this entire poll, and especially and most of all over that overrated chick from Australia, Jennifer Hawkins!

    • Ava Gardner

      Asombrante como la gente se muere de ansias por criticar a las Venezolanas. Muestra de que son tan bellas, sofisticadas y carismaticas que causan revuelo…y en muchos casos envidia.

      • licenciado

        Yo personalmente no tengo nada contra las venezolanas, soy chileno, lo que si digo es que hay reinas mucho mejores que Irene Saez y Alicia Machado a mi parecer y ellas aun no aparecen,y como en el caso de Zuleyka, esta por encima de chicas que son mucho mejor, includo sobre Dayanara Torres.
        Stefania a mi gusto debio quedar sobre las otras 2 venezolana antes mencionadas, me alegre mucho cuando gano, por que siempre fue mi favorita ese año, al igual que cuando gano Dayana Mendoza y Barbara Palacios, Stefania le dio otro aire al concurso, se vio una Miss Universo muy cercana a la gente, muy sencilla y sobre todo muy trabajadora, para muchos no sera la mas bella, pero como Miss Universo en cuanto a reinado esta entre el top 3.

  • Jose

    It’s unfair!!! She is more beautiful than others!!!

    • Gary

      I’m sorry, she scored way too high here and should’ve been lower. And to wave the Venezuelan flag during her farewell walk was tacky and tasteless. As Miss Universe, she represents ALL nations and not just Venezuela.

  • Mike

    Where’s Wendy Fitzwilliam???

    • Respect

      Probably in Trinidad… or Tobago.
      Probably working, or sleeping, depending on the time of day.
      And probably content with her life.

      What about you?

      • Ava Gardner

        I absolutely love your reply! Great sense of humor!!

        • Respect

          Thank you.
          I didn’t want to be mean, but I just thought that initial post was a little odd.
          Yeah, I get his point, but really? Every entry and the same replies from posters. Come on, we don’t all agree with the results of the contest and the scores (I certainly don’t), but let’s at least have some good discussion. A good, clean discussion. That’
          s what I’ll tell him he’s missed (lol, sorry, I couldn’t resist).

  • Andrés

    I am extremely proud of Stefania. Despite the brutal, unjustified attacks of some fans, and despite being more demonized by the media than any other recently crowned Miss Universe, she was always truthful to herself and had an amazing year. She always showed class and dignity, not to mention elegance and beauty. Had this feat accomplished by another country, I am sure most Venezuelan fans would have reacted in a more positive way than those who attacked her, but in the end she came out a winner: she finished her reign controversy-free, more beautiful than ever and forever will be the Miss Universe who was crowned by a compatriot. Stefania might not be the most beautiful, but she is an amazingly sweet, warm and classy young woman.

  • PW

    Mmm, Stefanía at 33rd? I´m not sure, she can be higher, well, nice info…
    I hope see next Ximena Navarrete, Sushmita Sen, Ieda Vargas and Corinna Tsopei… :(

  • Gustavo

    Personally I find her stunning, but we must respect the judges’ opinion.I also believe other girls should have appeared before her, as I do believe Zuleyka Rivera appeared too soon. BTW, thank you Global Beauties. The best part of this “exercise” is going down memory lane and reading your amazing editorials. Good job!

  • GEORGE

    STEFANIA DEBIO ESTAR EN LOS 50´S, PERO MENOS MAL QUE YA APARECIO, SÓLLO FALTA JUSTINE PASEK, QUE DEBE SER LA PRÓXIMA ELIMINADA.

    • Anaxagoras

      No es eliminación, simplemente posicionamiento en una lista o entre las demás ganadaras. No estoy defendiendo a Stefanía ni a Justin. Sólamente hago notar el mal uso de la palabra. Si fuera una elinación, no se le asignaria una posición o lugar.

  • Andrés

    By the way, for those crying out ‘bias’, the only Venezuelan in the panel gave her a rather low ranking.

    • Ken

      Depending on how you see bias, one of the judges who gave out a lot of 8.00s previously this time give Miss Fernandez a rather high score, while he also give out a 10.00 to Deborah Carthy-Deu, but uniformly low scores to other Puerto Rican or US delegates (including to Sylvia Hitchcock) and virtually 8.00 – 8.20 to all Asian delegates. I think for a Venezualan judge in this panel to give out a low score to Stefania is the only possible way to silence critics of this contest, including myself. After reading this entire article, it occurs to me that Global beauties seems extremely defensive about Stefania’s ranking. To be fair, Miss Fernandez indeed did not look great during the contest, which also explains why she only ranked #52 on GB’s own year end poll of 2009 competing beauties. I admit she did look lovely in many other photos of hers since after the pageant, but that is not a good reason to place her this high, as many other lowly placed winners in this contest also look great after their reign. Anyhow, I’m so glad I can stop posting comments about Stefania, and I only hope that another panel of judges 10 years from now may vote to rate her down a more reasonable 15-20 spots. Peace.

      • Andrés

        The panel they used for that ranking you are referring to is not the same they’re using for this one; nor are the same women in the ranking. I think you are too much of a conspiracy theorist Ken. If you try hard enough(and you obviously do) you will find an evil scheme behind every placement in this ranking. I have no reason to believe there’s any kind of bias; and neither you, nor anyone else has been able to provide any evidence of it. Has it occurred to you that maybe, just maybe, all of the judges were just being honest in their evaluations and were actually trying to be fair?. Yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the beholders in this ranking are the judges. I find it offensive to the judges and incredibly condescending of you, your accusation of bias and the suggestion that if the ranking does not go as ‘those who share your opinion’ want it to go, then obviously the only reason is that it was fixed to favor some country or contestants. If you dislike Stefania so much, no one is forcing you to post comments about her(it seems rather illogical, frankly). Peace :D

        • Diva Supreme

          Andrés, you are absolutely right. The panel of judges that ranked and scored the delegates and winners back in 2009 for the Global Beauties Grand Slam was completely different from this panel of judges. Different people, different tastes. Personally, I think Stefania should have made that top 50 but only my opinion. And the scores coming from different judges involved in this poll can all be seen above, together with the final average score. They are personal opinions and scores of each one of the judges. So I don’t think any kinda conspiracy or fixing is involved. It’s all been made very clear for us to see. And as with every outgoing winner so far, some judges have scored her high, some not.

  • luig_paolo

    BUENO DE 6 QUEDAN 5 VENEZOLANAS……

    POR LO MENOS DETRAS DE ELLAS ESTAN VARIAS PUERTORIQUEÑAS, INDIAS Y DE LOS USA, SI MAL NO RECUERDO….PERO BUENO 33 ES UN NUMERO BUENO, CASI A LA MITAD DE LAS CONCURSANTES QUE QUEDAN….PERO CREO NUESTRO PAIS DOMINARA EL TOP 10 Y CUIDADO EL TOP 5, YA VEREMOS LOS RESULTADOS….FELICIDADES VENEZUELA SIEMPRE FUERTE ANTE EL UNIVERSO ENTERO..!

    • licenciado

      Pero Indias, solo son 2 Miss Universo y todavia no aparece ninguna, y deberian aparecer mucho mas arriba que Alicia Machado e Irene Saez.

    • Joseph

      Pues si, aun quedan 5 venezolanas. De hecho, en el conteo de Global Beauties en 2001 TODAS las venezolanas entraron en el top 15, Alicia Machado #15, Irene Saez #14, Barbara Palacios #10 y Maritza Sayalero #6. Asi que aun quedan venezolanas para rato porque es más que seguro que Dayana Mendoza entre al top 10 o top 5. Venezuela es la potencia en estos concursos. ARRIBA VENEZUELAAAA!!!!….GO VENEZUELA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anaxagoras

      Para tu información (disculpa que te baje de tu nube)siguen en espera de asignación de lugar otras Venezolanas (el termino varias podría indicar que son más de 5) pero Estadounidenses sólo queda 1, Indias sólo 2 y de Puerto Rico 1. De las cuales, pueden ocupar el lugar de un par de Venezolanas o estar mejor rankeadas. No creo que tus predicciones se hagan realidad. Podría decir que sólo hay tres MU de Venezuela que podrían estar en las primeras posiciones. Quienes??? Te lo dejo de tarea !!!

      • Joseph

        Pues esas predicciones que el hace no creo que sean muy fantasiosas ni muy alejadas de la realidad, si los resultados quedan parecidos al conteo del 2001 (y hasta ahora todos esos resultados NO han sido muy diferentes a los del 2001) es muy posible que todas o casi todas las venezolanas que quedan entren al top 15 (como dije anteriormente, en el 2001 TODAS entraron al top 15). Aun quedan 5 venezolanas y los resultados hay que esperarlos. No veo nada malo en las predicciones que hizo luig_paolo

        • Anaxagoras

          Posiblemente queden en buenos lugares pero no creo que queden todas en los 10 primeros y mucho menos que estén todas situadas en los 5 primeros. Insisto, sólo 3 son fuertes candidatas a estar en los primeros lugares !!!

  • ash

    great info on the pageants! what is stefania doing nowadays?

  • Raymond

    Seems to be a suitable placement for me, Stefania was in my top 10 that year, I’m pretty sure very few predicted her to take it all in 2009. Dominican Rep. or Australia would make good winners too.

  • Jose

    Queeeeee! ellas es BELLA debio estar entre las 15 primeras ok

  • PW

    Next 10 places (32 TO 23)
    XIMENA NAVARRETE
    CORINNA TSOPEI
    IEDA VARGAS
    MARTHA VASCONCELLOS
    SUSHMITA SEN
    CHRISTIANE MARTEL
    CECILIA BOLOCCO
    WENDY FIZTWILLIAM
    JUSTINE PASEK
    BARBARA PALACIOS TEYDE

  • DAVID

    Bárbara Palacios está mucho más hermosa ahora que cuando ganó el Miss Universo en 1986…… entre las 10 tienen que estar… las de los años: 2005, 2008, 2003, 1981, 1977… ellas deben estar por lo menos!!!

  • licenciado

    Stefania esmucho mas bella que Alicia Machado e Irene Saez, una de ellas debio estar antes que Stefania…una muchacha muy linda y natural.
    Mis favoritas
    1. Ivonne Ryding (Suecia 1984)
    2. Jennifer Hawkins (Australia 2004)
    3. Natalie Glebova (Canada 2005)
    4. Jannelle Commissiong (Trinidad y Tobago 1977)
    5. Cecilia Bolocco (Chile 1987)
    6. Barbara Palacios (Venezuela 1986)
    7. Oxana Fedorova (Rusia 2002)
    8. Dayana Mendoza (Venezuela 2008)
    9. Sushmita Sen (India 1994)
    10. Lara Duta (India 2000)
    11. Mona Grudt(Noruega 1990)
    12. Wendy Fitzwilliam (Trinidad y Tobago 1998)
    13. Margaret Gardnier (Sudafrica 1978)
    14. Shawn Weatherly (USA 1980)
    15. Angela Visser (Holanda 1989)

    • Anaxagoras

      No lo creo. Irene y Alicia han sido de lo mejor de sus ganadoras y mucho menos creo que sea natural!!! Con todo y que Irene se pintó el cabello ( como la mayoria de las representantes), Irene está por encima de Stefanía.

  • Catalina

    Nunca me ha parecido bella esa mujer, pero se lució la noche del Miss Universo.

  • prinpoleon

    noooooooo STEFANIA ES MAS HERMOSA QUE CORINA TSOPEI MARTHA VASCONCELLOS Y OTRAS ella es la mas dulce miss universo de todas PERO DAYANA MENDOZA SERA LA GANADORA LO C Y NI HABLAR DE LAS DEMAS VENEZOLANAS QUE VIENEN CON TODO STEFANIA ES MAS BONITA AHORA QUE CUANDO GANO LA CORONA RECUERDO EL MOMENTO DEL BACK-TO-BACK TODOS EN LOS EDIFICIOS CERCA DE MI CASA GRITARON DE EMOCION STEFANIA ES LA MEJOR Y SE LO DISFRUTO :) VIVA STEFANIA QUE MERECERA UN MEJOR LUGAR EN EL RANKING DEL 2021

  • Tina

    Stefania was perhaps the most endearing Miss Universe winner this decade. She was naturally sweet and was able to turn many her pageant detractors into fans, which is not easy to do.

    I also wanted to give a huge shout out to France’s Chloe Mortaud, who gave her country it’s highest ranking since Christiane Martel won all the way back in 1953!

  • OMG

    Nunca estuve de acuerdo con que ganara Estefanía, muchos decían que por que era envidia de que Venezuela tuviera que regresar con Miss Universo, pero no es, ni fue así. Todo me parecía, que debió quedar con cualquiera de la otras cuatro el Miss Universo, Kosovo, República Dominicana, Autralia y Puerto Rico. Pero bueno ganó Estefanía, después siguió más controversia y luego Estefania nos ganó por su forma de ser, aclaro que solo su forma de ser. Aún así le toco muy buen lugar.

  • laag

    ya era hora, es de las menos bellas de toda la historia!!! no cabe duda que hizo buen trabajo en la organizacion de Miss Universo, porque es de las mejores que ha trabajado y muy sencilla, eso le da mucho credito a ella, pero si es verdad que es de las menos bellas de toda la historia!

  • George

    I feel this place was giving not to her but to all those crying babies here who wanted at all cost any of the stunning venezuelan beauties out, but guess what she is a winner and an amazing woman. I’m proud of her cuz after all the attacks, she stood up against all of those detractors and ended up a superb reign, Viva Stefania !!!

    • Ken

      I agree that it seems Global Beauties would have placed her even higher if not because a lot of fans (including myself) have been crying foul. I am especially critical that GB did not rank her much lower, simply because in GB’s own 2009 year end poll for all of 2009 beauty contestants, Stefania ranked a shockingly low #52, behind all other winners from other grand slam pageants. I admit that Stefania certainly becomes more beautiful during her reign, but the problem is that she looks relatively awful during the contest, especially shots that does not flatter her when she opened her mouth smiling. I would have thought this contest is about how the delegate look during the pageant, and not during her reign. If GB feels the need to justify Stefania’s ranking by showering so many flattering photos and backstories of her, then how come Riyo Mori was rated a lowly #50, when she also looked more lovely during her reign, plus she is so stylish and inspirational on the night she crown her successor. I just wanted to say that I’m not even aware of Stefania’s other controversies and negative publicity until I read this article, therefore, I am not critical of Stefania herself, but more critical about how Global Beauties handle and publicize its own ranking contest. Beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder, but I am hoping there are more consistencies in things.

  • Mavis

    Never knew Turks & Caicos was pregnant…… made me think of Miss Guam in 1999.
    The writers of this article failed to mention France and South Africa’s success at Miss World… I thought Kosovo was a darkhorse in the pageant, she was a favorite??

    • Lily

      Didn’t think Kosovo was a favorite either, though she did well pageant night and loved her evening gown presentation. Still, her photos without make-up scared me. DR was good but looked too old… and had she won, she would’ve been eliminated in this contest by now. Although I didn’t think it at the time but Venezuela looked better than her on Finals Night. But look at the photo of the Top 5 above, clearly the one that was robbed was AUSTRALIA!

      • GARH

        oh well Australia made up for it in 2010 when Jestina made top 5 and 2nd runner up.
        Still feel for Voni Delfos Miss Australia 1993, she was definetly robbed that year!!

        • GARH

          Though that year it was between Columbia, Australia and Puerto Rico – PR had that little bit extra but think Australia should have made TOP3 and may have gone onto win. Like I say I still feel for her, a natural beauty,

          • Lily

            OMG! I loved loved loved Voni Delfos in 1993! She was so alluringly gorgeous that she will always be my Miss Universe 1993. She was such a bombshell and even though I didn’t like her evening gown that much her face was so stunning that you can’t look at anything else. My faves that year was Australia, Brazil and Venezuela. I definitely thought Voni was robbed of a Top 3 position and that crown. PR was cute, at best, but that was it.

  • Douglas

    Someone is asking where Whendy Fitzwilliam is … and I can say she will be on top 10 – on top 10 will have only Caucasian and Latin (full of cosmetic surgeries) girls and Wendy Fitzwilliam!!! Why? Because anyone likes to be called as racist, right? So, on top 10, Jennifer and Natalie will be there and it’s completely fair, maybe Lara Dutta will be there representing the Asians… who will be the top number one, a latin girl full of cosmetic surgeries or a girl with light eyes?!?!?! The best Miss Universe all of time is Jennifer Hawkins and Riyo Mori is the second one!

  • Cindy Envy

    Era tiempo que cayera nunca fue favorita en las bahamas y aun aunque quedo en un distante numero fuera de las 30 mejores merecia ni llegar a las 50, en las proximas 10 fuera del top 20 deben estar Ximena Navarrete, Alicia Machado, Barbara Palacios , Celilia Boloco, Wendy Fizwiliams y Justine Pasek

  • Felipe

    What an awful contest!
    To be completely forgotten, as well as its winner.
    If the Judges had had “cojones” , the winner would have been Kosovo.
    The worst contest ever !

    • Andrés

      One of the greatest contests ever indeed. It proves that if you’re elegant and assertive you can beat the more classically pretty one. The judges did indeed have cojones and gave the crown to the one they considered the best, even it would predictably irritate haters. And no, it will NEVER be forgotten, in fact the crowning is one of the most legendary, talk-about moments in Pageantry history!!!. And there’s nothing you can do about it pal. Peace :) .

  • Joseph

    Bellisima Stefania, un orgullo de Venezuela. Muy bella, dulce, sencilla y natural. Ella fue una excelente Miss Universo. Venezuela siempre demostrando que es una verdadera potencia en estos concursos (las otras 2 potencias USA y Puerto Rico ya solo cuentan con una sola cada una en competencia). Eliminaron una venezolana pero aun quedan 5 venezolanas y en 2001 TODAS entraron al top 15 de este conteo. ARRIBA VENEZUELA…..VENEZUELA RULES!!!!!

    • prinpoleon

      joseph estoy deacuerdo stefania es mejorque muchas otras y PREPARENSE QUE SI EN EL 2001 NINGUNA VENEZOLANA ENTRO AL TOP 5 ESTA LA ESPECTACULAR DAYANA MENDOZA…LA MEJOR DE TODAS LAS MISS UNIVERSOS
      THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MISS WORLD: AISWARYA RAY INDIA 1994
      THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MISS UNIVERSE: DAYANA MENDOZA VENEZUELA 2008
      THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MISS INTERNATIONAL: DANIELA DI GIACOMO VENEZUELA 2006
      THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MISS EARTH: GIL HERNANDEZ: CHILE 2006
      IN MY OPINION
      in my ranking stefania place is 26 the 33 place is for margaretta ardvisson from sweden

  • Carito

    A mi esta mujer siempre se me hizo hermosa. Posiblemente en pantalla no lucía como en vivo, es por eso muchos no entendían el porqué el jurado la habia elegido. Aclaro que no soy venezolana así que puedo decir las cosas de una forma objetiva.

  • Alex

    Miss Universo 2009 dio un cambio muy positivo siendo Reina. Su look cada mes era mejor que cuando gano. No era del agrado de mucho pues en ese top 10 habia mejores que ella, pero gano su corona y su reinado fue muy bueno!

  • VictorG

    I am surprised that Stefania Fernandez placed so low as IMO she is the most beautiful winner from Venezuela. She looked absolutely stunning when she won the title and went on to have a fantastic year. Great smile, great Miss Universe.

  • andres

    no hay ninguna duda de que venezuela es el pais que mas tiempo y dinero invierte en preparar estas chicas. pero las mayorias de las veces no se a jutificado sus triunfos. sobre todo en el caso de barbara palacio y alicia machado.

    • prinpoleon

      estas loco si barbara palacios gano justamente si tuvo promedio uno en casi todas las categorias Y ADEMAS DE SU RECORDADO “MI NOMBRE ES PANAMA” que la ayudo a ganarse al publico esa noche y alicia machado tuvo promedio uno en todo creo q es la unica miss universo que a obtenido un promedio de 9.8 en cada categoria y su desembovimiento fue unico ok el triunfo de stefania si fue controversial y eso te lo acepto pero barbara y alicia ganaron justamente lo q hicieron en su reinado es otra cosa

      • Diva Supreme

        These talks about Venezuelan winners not deserving their crowns. And “very surprisingly”, they are coming from certain fellow Latinas. If there ever was a country and a pageant powerhouse in this world that indeed DESERVED its Miss Universe crowns it is Venezuela. Apart from Stefania, every single Venezuelan Miss Universe winner reigned completely supreme in the night she won and was completely in a league of her own. Just like Barbara Palacios-Teyde and Alicia Machado. In Alicia’s case, the only competition that night was for the second and third place – see her dazzling performance and her scores throughout the night, just like Prinpoleon in saying above, and Barbara as well was shining like nobody else that night. She had that unbelievable unique sophistication that no other delegate in Panama had and that even the judges could not miss, and a year after that when she crowned Bolocco in Singapore she looked completely out of this world. A GODDESS. Even Stefania was and is way better than all her detractors are saying. After a faltering Prelims look, with a hideous hairdo and makeup, she just nailed her final night look and belonged into the top 5 hands down, better said into the top 3. I would have picked Dominican Republic, but she had way too matronly a look that night at the Bahamas with that hairdo and gown and should absolutely have kept the lovely fresh look she had when she won her national pageant. My second pick would have been Kosovo, with her breathtaking Audrey Hepburn-look, but Stefania looking and performing the way she did during that big night at the Bahamas belonged to the top and I guess her more girlish appearance and style that night compared with Dominican Republic’s way more matured ones were decisive. While not classically beautiful or facially one of the most gorgeous ones in the Miss Universe history or this past decade, she is certainly striking and seems to me like she is a very sweet girl with a very endearing demeanour. Personality obviously counted while picking this winner as well.

      • PW

        Venezuela – Averages (Placements: Semifinals and Finals)

        1979 – Maritza Sayalero

        -Preliminar Score: 8.673 (1st place)
        -Interview/Entrevista: 9.362 (1st place)
        -Swimsuit/Traje Baño: 9.135 (1st place)
        -Evening Gown/Traje Gala: 9.416 (1st place)

        1981 – Irene Sáez

        -Preliminar Score: 8.575 (1st place)
        -Interview/Entrevista: 8.966 (1st place)
        -Swimsuit/Traje Baño: 9.024 (1st place)
        -Evening Gown/Traje Noche: 8.887 (1st place)
        -BEST NATIONAL COSTUME, WITH BRAZIL AND KOREA (MEJOR TRAJE TÍPICO CON BRASIL/COREA)

        1986 – Bárbara Palacios

        -Preliminar Score: 8.776 (2nd place)
        -Interview/Entrevista: 9.390 (1st place)
        -Swimsuit/Traje Baño: 9.100 (2nd place)
        -Evening Gown/Traje Gala: 9.550 (1st place) WOW

        1996 – Alicia Machado

        -Preliminar Score: 9.323 (2nd place)
        -Interview/Entrevista: 9.809 (1st place) WOW
        -Swimsuit/Traje Baño: 9.820 (1st place) WOW
        -Evening Gown: 9.874 (1st place) WOW
        -JANTZEN BEST IN SWIMSUIT (MEJOR EN TRAJE DE BAÑO – JANTZEN) WOW -FINESSE BEST HAIR STYLE (MEJOR ESTILO DEL CABELLO – FINESSE) WOW

        2008 – Dayana Mendoza

        -Swimsuit/Traje Baño: 9.327 (2nd place)
        -Evening Gown: 9.697 (2nd place) WOW
        -BEST IN AO DAI VIETNAMESE DRESS (MEJOR EN TRAJE VIETNAMITA AO DAI)

        2009 – Stefanía Fernández

        -Swimsuit/Traje Baño: 8.760 (4th place)
        -Evening Gown: 8.869 (5th place)

        OUR SIX QUEENS, WE´RE PROUD! NUESTRAS SEIS REINAS, ESTAMOS ORGULLOSOS!

        • Gustavo

          THANK YOU! That’s how one debates. With arguments and documentation. And it would be interesting to also see Carolina Izsac, Milka Chulina, Veruzca Ramirez, Minorka Mercado, etc. scores. Venezuela is definite THE powerhouse.

  • hondurenabyheart

    For ME the most beautiful has to be Angela Visser! But I do think that there were alot more like Fitzwilliams that should have appeared before Stefania.

  • JULIO

    QUE ORGULO PARA VENEZUELALA Y ESTE LUGAR DE 33 UNA DE LAS MISS UNIVERSOS MAS AUTENTICAS Y BELLAS DE TODAS PERO HABLO MAS DE UNA BELLEZA COMPO PERSONA QUE ES LA MAS IMPORTANTE UNA MUJER QUE LUCHO CONTRA LAS CRITICAS E INSULTOS Y REALIZO UN BELLO REINADO LIMPIO Y TRAMSPARENTE COMO LO ES ELLA UN REINADO SINCERO STEFANIA ES PARA MI PERSONA MI MISS UNIVERSO FAVORITA PORQUE ES SEGURA DE SI MISMA PORQUE ES LUCHADORA Y HUMANA

  • WilliamNYC

    Miss France was “robbed” out of a place in the top 5.

  • britany

    she is so cute!! for me is top 15!!!!! i love her

  • Ariadna

    About time she was out! Justine and Marta Vasconselos should be next.

  • Antorcha

    That is absolutely correct Felipe – Miss Kosovo should have won. But Stefania was very strong during the final question like Gloria Diaz, Deborah Carthy-Deu, Dayanara Torres, Sushmita Sen, Brooke Lee, and Mpule Kwelagobe. All of these were trailing as they advanced to their final round but they delivered an impressionable final’s answer that catapulted them to the crown.

    I agree with the judges in placing Stefania the lowest of the Venezuelans. But I strongly disagree of Armi being placed below Stefani.

  • Darril

    en dónde puedo ver el conteo de GB 2001??

    • prinpoleon

      darril no c como pero yo lo vi asi ve a la pagina de gloria diaz en este mismo conteo y hay un usuario llamado kate dejo el link de la pagina de wayback machine espero q te ayude por q yo tambien lo anduve buscando y cuando lo encontre WOW :)

  • jose

    no estoy deacuerdo Stefania fernandez es mucho mas bella que muchas mucho ma linda que zuleika, ximena, entre otras ella tiene un loop europeo hermoso jamas sera este lugar creo que esto fue influenciado pues estefania es la unica recor guiner y trajo muchos cambios positivo para la organizacion pero bueno aun queda 5 mises y para mi la mas bellas estan entre Dayana Medoza, jennifer Hawkins, irene zaen la mejor miss universo sin duda la mas importante de toda, y natalia glevoba

  • Bjoern

    Stefania should have placed in the Top 30. But anyway, am happy with GB’s review – very objective and nicely written.

    Stefania is one of my most favourite Misses Universe. Actually all 6 Venezuelan Miss Universe are among my favourites – they ALL deserved their wins.

    I wanted to see Ximena Naverrete, Justine Pasek and Wendy Fitzwilliam next!

  • cejotama

    LA ELECCION SE PONDRA CADA VEZ MAS DIFICIL. ESTEFANIA FERNANDEZ MERECE UNA MEJOR POSICION SOLAMENTE CON EL HECHO DE HABER GANADO LA CORONA CONSECUTIVAMENTE, MUCHAS OBJECIONES, MUCHAS CRITICAS CON SU LOOCK DE LOS 50. PERO ESA NOCHE ESTEFANIA LUCIO MEJOR QUE TODAS LAS DEMAS PARTICIPANTES. MISS PUERTO RICO, MAYRA MATOS NO TENIA PUNTO DE COMPARACION, MISS KOSOVO, UNA FLACA QUE TENIA ESTILO. MISS AUSTRALIA MUY ANGELICAL PERO MUY APAGADA. MISS REPUBLICA DOMINICANA, UNA TRIGUEÑA MUY BONITA Y DIGNA RIVAL. PERO EN CONJUNTO ESTEFANIA TIENE UNA FIGURA ESPECTACULAR (N A T U R A L) 0 CIRUGIAS. LUCIO UNA BUENA PASARELA. UN TRAJE ROJO ESPECTACULAR Y SOBRE TODO SE LA COMIO CON ESA CHISPA DE LAS VENEZOLANAS EN LA PREGUNTA FINAL. ENTONCES CUAL ERA LA GUERRA. ESO HABLANDO DE LA NOCHE FINAL. POR QUE DURANTE SU REINADO DEMOSTRO AUN ESTAR MAS PREPARADA Y MAS HERMOSA. CUANDO ENTREGHO LA CORONA ESTABA MEJOR QUE TODAS LAS CONCURSANTES. INCLUYEBNDO A XIWENA NAVARRETE. QUIEN YA DEBIO HABER SIDO NOMBRADA EN ESTA LISTA. HUBO UNA GUERRA CON ESTEFANIA TODO EL TIEMPO HASTA ESTA PAGINA DE GLOBAL BEAUTIES SE ENSAÑO CON ELLA CUANDO NI SIQUIERA LA NOMBRO ENTRE LAS 50 MUJERES MAS HERMOSAS DEL AÑO 2009. A PESAR DE HABER SIDO MISS UNIOVERSO CON TODOS SUS MERITOS. AHORA BIEN DONDE ESTA MISS TRINIDAD, LARA DUTA SHUMITA, DENISE, Y LA XIMENA POR FAVOR SEAN MAS OBJETIVOS. ESTEFANIA ESTAMOS MUY ORGULLOSOS DE TI, Y MUY DIFICIL DUELALLE A QUIEN LE DUELA (PUERTO RICO, CLOLOMBIA, MEXICO) CANDIDATA DE ESTOPS PAISES HARAN TU MISMA HAZAÑA.

  • Nick

    For me, the biggest shock was France’s elimination from the top 5, and I had hoped to see some mention of it in the article. I couldn’t believe the judges gave her Zuhair Murad gown such low scores – it almost seemed fishy…perhaps to make Stefania’s way to the top easier? While I have to say I was extremely disappointed with Stefania’s victory, her look on the final night (minus the feather duster gown) was simply superb. She did the golden age of hollywood justice with those locks! Too bad she cut them after.

    • Diva Supreme

      Totally agree with you, Nick. I as well was very disappointed with Stefania’s victory first, but just like you said her final night look was simply superb. Who could have believed in such an amazing transformantion, after the horrible styling she was sporting during the Prelims night when so many people (I myself included) were all ready to completely write her off. Her looks that final night at the Bahamas were the perfect combination of Moulin Rouge and Hollywood golden era, and in retrospect, I even loved the over-the-top bordello red heavily feathered gown – soooo Moulin Rouge!!! :) Really loved those Rita Hayworth/Veronica Lake locks and was so sad as well that she cut those! Like somebody said above, she has been way too demonized and especially regarding the fact that she seems to be a very sweet and warm-hearted young woman. But then the problem with most of her detractors has been the Venezuelan sash of course. Had she been representing a non-powerhouse or a European country most people hating and bashing her to guts would have loved her.

  • cejotama

    COMPLEMENTO NO SE QUE LUGAR OCUPARA OTRAS VENEZOLANAS. LA GUERRA SERA AHORA CONTRA ALICIA. DEJEME DECIRLE QUE EL MISS UNIVERSO TIENE 2 ETAPAS O ERAS ANTES Y DESPUES DE ALICIA MACHADO. ALICIA GANO POR SER LA MAS HERMOSA VEAN LOS VIDEOS, QUE SI DESPUES SE DESNUDO, PELEO, SE METIO EN PROBLEMAS. ESO FUE DESPUES DE SU REINADO PERO LA NOCHE DE LA ELECCION DE MISS UNIVERSO 1996, ERA LA MAS HERMOSA Y HA SIDO UNA DE LAS MUJERES MAS BELLAS, ESTAMOS ELIGIENDO EN UN CONJUNTO. PERO AL FINAL DE ESTA SELECCION SERIA BUENO PREGUNTARLE A DONALD TRUMP QUIENES HAN SIDO LAS MEJORES MISS UNIVERSOS. PREGUNTA PARA EL COMPROMETEDORA. PERO PUEDEN ESTAR SEGURO QUE EN LA SELECCION DEL DUEÑO DEL CONCURSO ESTARA ALICIA MACHADO COMO UNA DE LAS MISS UNIVERSOS MAS BELLAS Y CONTROVERSIALES DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS. REPITO DUELALE A QUIEN LE DUELA. MEXICANOS, COLOMBIANOS, Y PUERTO RIQUEÑOS QUE TIENEN UNA GUERRA EN CONTRA DE LAS VENEZOLANAS. PREPAREN A SUS MUJERES QUE TIENEN MUY BELLAS POR CIERTO Y LANZELAS AL RUEDO PERO OBJETIVAMENTE, AL CESAR LO QUE ES DEL CESAR. Y SI SOY VENEZOLANO. PERO MUY OBJETIVO.

    • Joseph

      Pues fijate esa pregunta YA se la hicieron a Donal Trump en una entrevista. Le preguntaron cuales habian sido las MEJORES Misses Universo durante los años que ha sido dueño de la organización y el mismo respondió que las 3 MEJORES han sido: Jennifer Hawkins (2004), Dayana Mendoza (2008) y Stefania Fernandez (2009).

  • Dante

    I think she should have placed just a little lower in the ranking (35-40). According to the answers given by the girls, Puerto Rico should have won that year (she gave a very smart answer). In terms of beauty Kosovo was the most stunning in the top 5. Never understood favoritism to Miss Australia, I don’t think she’s that pretty. Neither Australia in 2008. Steffania sure looked a lot more beautiful after a few months. Still waiting for Ximena, Justine, Mona, Barbara, Wendy and Cecilia.

    • Diva Supreme

      Australia was definitely overrated; however, that said, she was certainly better than the ones back in 2008 and last year; how Jesinta Campbell last year became the 2nd RU is something that I will never be able to understand and that certainy smells very fishy; she was the least attractive of all the ten semifinalists! This is a great article on MU 2009 but I entirely disagree on Australia being the leader of the pre-pageant favorites; ever since Ada Cruz from Dominican Republic won her national title, she became by miles the hugest favorite for the crown, especially as so many fans remembered her from Miss World 2007 and moreover, the pageant was to take place at the Bahamas, in her home region at the Caribbean. It became clear that the organization wanted Australia to win but while definitely attractive, she was not really all that (in sheer external beauty, out of that top 5 Dominican Republic and Kosovo and even Stefania looking the way she did that night beat her hands down) and to say that her being left on the 3rd RU spot shocked the audience all around the globe and in the Bahamas is way overboard and exaggerated. After the extremely weak and shallow final answer she gave, she can count her blessings that she even went that far. Also Kosovo was never a pre-pageant favorite – I for one absolutely adored her, but the truth is she was a complete underdog whose first pics from the Bahamas were anything but flattering and she was completely off my personal radar before the final night. Another one that truly only started gaining ground and captivating people with all her French charm and enchanting personlity having arrived to the Bahamas was Chloe Mortaud. They also forgot one huge and clear pre-pageant favorite that was the lovely Czech Republic, but sadly she lacked the essential sparkle and stamina on the stage. Yet I would have replaced Puerto Rico in the top 5 with her.

      • Dante

        To tell you even more I think one of the most overated Miss Universe is non other than Australia’s Jen Hawkins. Don’t get me wrong I DO NOT have anything aganist people from Australia but for me Jenniffer is just a common beauty, or maybe is because I’m not so into blondes XD. She’s somewhere between #15-#20 in my ranking. I DO like Jesinta Campbell though.

        • Diva Supreme

          Dante: THANK YOU SO VERY VERY MUCH!!! Obviously there is one person in this world who agrees with me! I have always found Jen Hawkins simply the most overrated Miss Universe there ever was!! I know that as so many fans adore her, it goes without saying she will be somewhere high up there, but like I said in one of my comments above, I want anyone of the favorites but her to win this poll!! I admit it she does look great now, after countless facial surgeries, but the night she won she looked completely average to me. As common as can be, and I was shocked when she won! Just like you, I DO NOT have anything against people from Australia, in fact completely the opposite, but I am just not getting all this Jen Hawkins/Miss Australia hype! So in that respect, Miss Australia 2009 sure was the most beautiful of them all during the past ten years I think!

    • GARH

      I am sure the girls you have metioned will appear in the next handful of eliminations.

  • elio

    sorry people are blind or crazy how can they say that france cloe mortaud is better than stefania sorry but mortaud is far from being pretty,sorry but for me stefania is a super stunning woman she is stunning elegant charming lovely and has very unique and exotic features ,her mixed race gave it because she is with russian ukranian polish and galician origin ,plus in miss venezuela pageant of stunners she won 4 awards .33 position is a crime and illusion because she should be in the top 5 ,she is the prettiest woman in 2009 in all pageants grand slams with no competition like dayana in 2008 , a true wonderful miss universe,but i think jalousy ,maidness,nationalism ,uncapability of predicting could give a bad reputation to deserving and succseful people

  • Eric

    “The Venezuelan Queen with the most haters.” I particularly believe she is a beatiful and elegant girl. I still remember when she won the Miss Venezuela title. I was so impressed with her elegance and glamour showcased on the crowing night, that I thought she could easily be the next Miss Universe. However, once she arrived to Bahamas, I noticed a girls that look rather immature and not well styled. I also remember her odd choice of wardrobe throughout the competition as well as her look in the final night. I had her on my list as a Top 15 maybe Top 10, but never in my wildest dreams I saw this girl winning. I thought the winner should have been Miss Russia or even Miss Mexico (although I recognize Mexico’s body shape was not good enough). Anyway, for good or for bad, she proved to be a good choice. I do believe Stefania re-took the elegance and beauty that somehow (in my opinion) she lost during the days at the Bahamas.

  • GEMMOPARKS

    MISS UNIVERSE is so rich in history unlike any other global pageants.Had the Miss Universe of the 1920s till 1935 was the continuation of Miss U 1952,it would be 10 years of another interesting pageant history.

  • Steven

    Well, in my opinion in terms of the questions, miss Puerto Rico should have won, her answer was very smart and she was beautiful. Miss Venezuela altough not my favorite, she look good in some of the photos…

  • Plus

    Marta Vasconcelos and Ieda Vargas Ieda not appeared yet? It is past time.

  • oteruel

    No tuve la oportunidad de ver este Miss Universo, sin duda polémico, Stefanía proyecta sencillez y paz. Sin ser la mas hermosa, creo sin duda que por su humildad y don de gentes será una ganadora muy recordada.

  • Anaxagoras

    I totally disagree with Stafeania’s ranking.

    She should’ve been ranked L O W E R !!!

  • pat

    i admit stefania wasnt my cup of tea during the finals night however during her reign,i admit that she made me eat my words. she has the smile and personality thet can light up the entire universe. FOR ME SHE SHOULD BE #1.

  • gayboracay

    One of the worst and regrettable Miss Universe in history with poor results and preparations

  • gayboracay

    There are lots of stupid Spanish here who doesn’t speak English and I observe Kosovo is the only legitimate top 5 finalist in this year’s batch of five finalists. The rest looks like nannies.

  • LEO

    GOD BLESS THIS BEAUTIFUL GIRL ESTEFANIA!!!!!!

  • Julia

    I AM SORRY BUT STEFANIA SHOULD BE IN TOP 5….. ALONG WITH NATALIE GLEBOVA, JENNIFER HAWKINS, DENIS QUINONES, AND GLADYS ZENDER (PERU)

  • samzozo

    This edition of the pageant was awful. South Africa and France were robbed, Kosovo placed for political reasons and Venezuela was a Trump card. This was surely the worst of the decade.

  • JH

    I like her a lot, she looked like Natalie Portman during the pageant. For me, she’s the best Venezuelan winner ever. And I like the way the male host announced, “And Ms. Universe is Venezuela — AGAIN!”

  • MOJO from the Philippines

    Miss Philippines BIANCA MANALO was the favorite Asian bet that year. She did well in the rankings. She could have represented Asia so well on stage if only the door was opened for even just one Asian beauty. Japan or the Philippines, it will not matter but it is INJUSTICE and RACIAL JUDGMENT when a region is not represented in semi-final round. I love the Miss World format, more respectable!

  • Ist

    If this contest really is beauty in the question then who will win as the most beautiful Miss Universe of all time will be Jennifer Hawkins of Australia 2004.

  • Respect

    It is almost fitting thought that the first country to win back to back is Venezuela.
    For me, for the longest time, it has seemed that Venezuela was the ‘leader’ in Miss Universe. A country that took this pageant seriously, and had contestants to match.
    Now granted, statistics tell a different story, one that shows the US at the top of the list. However, if the US was the mighty juggernaut, then Venezuela was the valiant and resilient runner up. Venezuela in recent years, since the early 90s at least just had an aura of superiority in this pageant.
    Since the early 90s, Venezuela featured in the top 3, top 2 almost every year, or second year. It was a shock if Venezuela didn’t make the finals.
    It just seems fitting.
    As for the individuals representing the country, it’s a matter of opinion.
    I for one think they’re both strong candidates. I liked Stefania. I think she looks lovely. To me she’s pretty. To me.
    There were many other strong delegates that year. Many of whom could have been the winner. I liked Dominican Republic myself, but it wasn’t to be.

    • Diva Supreme

      Respect: As always, a great and lovely opinion. You are so right saying that especially ever since the early 90s, Venezuela just had an aura of superiority in this pageant, an aura of superiority that is still there and will be there. But then already back then they had three lovely Miss Universe winners, so actually their glory days in Miss Universe started already way before – one could even say they started as early as 1967 when they had their first great achievement with Miss Venezuela placing Sylvia Hitchcock’s 1st RU. While it is true that USA still tops the Miss Universe statistics with their seven winners, Venezuela must already be getting very close with their six winners and the countless RUs they have. Moreover, in my books, out of all the seven Miss Universe winners that USA has, only one or two in terms of beauty deserved their crowns in their respective years; it is very obvious that some pageants were all fixed for them. (I guess many people like several judges in this poll share my opinion as there is only one US winner left.) Whereas out of all the six winners that Venezuela has, in my books, apart from Stefania, every single one deserved her crown hands down. Sure some kinda politics might have played part every now and then with them winning as well, how could we know, but again in my eyes there was no question about it they were all supreme beauties in their respective years and deserved to win. So like you said, no surprise at all that the first back-to-back was for Venezuela.

  • Elmonje88

    HAY MUJERES MAS FEAS QUE MUCHAS YA NOMBRADAS QUE TODAVIA NO APARECEN EN LA LISTA, COMO POR EJEMPLO BOLOCCO, PASEK, FITZWILLIAM,…..ESTA MUJER ES REALMENTE ESPECTACULARR, MUCHA ELEGANCIA Y CLASE, ADEMÁS DE BELLISIMA….QUIZÁS EN LA NOCHE QUE GANÓ NO LUCÍA MEJOR QUE OTRAS, PERO LES DIGO ALGO, CUALQUIERA DE LAS OTRAS CUATRO: PUERTO RICO, AUSTRALIA, KOSOVO O REPUBLICA DOMINICANA HUBIESEN GANADO, LES ASEGURO QUE SE SERÍAN REINA SOLAMENTE ESA NOCHE, COMO LE PASO A ZULEKA RIVERA POR EJEMPLO, PERO ESTA MUJER SIN DUDA ALGUNA FUE UNA DE LAS MEJORES MISS UNIVERSO DE LA HISTORIA, DICHO POR LA MISMA ORGANIZACIÓN, ADEMÁS DE BEEELLAAAAA!……

  • planetchuckie

    I first found her victory an unwelcome surprise (she wasn’t even among GB’s 50 most beautiful women of 2009), but she did have a fruitful run, and she was stunning by the end of her reign.

  • pop

    My 33rd place is Miss Universe 1953 (9.256 points).

    You can see my ranking here:

    http://www.thaimiss.com/webboard/index.php?topic=22857.0

  • pop

    My 33rd place is Miss Universe 1953 (9.256 points).

  • pop

    My 33rd place is Miss Universe 1953.

  • andres

    Sin lugar a dudas, para todos los venezolanos es question de orgullo nacional. y se sobre entiende!
    Pero mirar como las cosas trascurren las noches de la coronacion, dejan lugar a serias dudas. las venezolanas son mujeres super preparadas en este campo, pero eso no quiere decir que siempre fueran las mejores y que devieron quedarse con la corona.

    si es algo politico, bueno cuantas coronas entre alicia machado y Dayana? un largo descanso verdad?

    el los ultimos años y con todo el problema de petroleo, venezula dio millones de galones a diferentes organizaciones en los estados unidos.

    bueno, fueron gratificados de la forma que ustedes la agrada de mayor forma y los americanos despues de tantos años sin darle la corona se la dieron dos veces en forma consecutivas. la utlmas vez causando indignacin y custionamiento internacional.
    lo entiendo no es facil de entender este punto de vista. pero estos es mucho mas politica que el merito de algunas de estas chicas, incluyendo las mayorias de las venezolanas.

    • Joseph

      Eso es un chiste o que??? acaso no lees noticias o no ves television???? Venezuela regalando millones de galones de petroleo a USA?????? en que planeta vives tu??? no sabes que el presidente de Venezuela está en eterno conflicto con USA por el petroleo?? no sabes que el presidente de Venezuela no tiene buenas relaciones con la organización que maneja el Miss Venezuela?? Crees que Chavez regalará petroleo a USA por una corona del Miss Universo?? Disculpame que sea directo pero esas afirmaciones tan ABSURDAS que has dicho te hacen ver completamente IGNORANTE. Es como decir que la corona de Ximena fue un regalo debido a los conflictos por la Ley Arizona. Que locura.

  • bjoern

    I will never put much respect to Puerto Rican fans who have nothing good to do but to bash Miss Venezuela winners of Miss Universe. I could only state the fact that of their 5 wins, 3 of them are HORRIBLE. And that is an OBJECTIVE analyses, and am sure 9/10 of the world will agree.

    I am seeing 4 Venezuela Miss Universe in the Top 12 and 3 in the Top 10, but I can see only one Puerto Rican in it, or maybe none.

    Venezuela has already proven their worth and value in pageants, and even if 1000 years will pass, you can never take history away from a powerhouse pageant nation called Venezuela.

  • Pedro/Brazil

    A melhor venezuelana e melhor Miss Universo de todos os tempos é ALICIA MACHADO!

    1ª MISS UNIVERSE 1996
    2ª MISS UNIVERSE 2006
    3ª MISS UNIVERSE 2005
    4ª MISS UNIVERSE 1989
    5ª MISS UNIVERSE 1998

  • KL

    I saw the pageant and thought Stefania was scored way too low. I didn’t thought too much of Kosovo during swimsuit but do take notice when she came out looking like Audrey Hepburn. I don’t know why everyone was harping on Stefania’s red feathered evening gown, I thought it was unusual and unique. On one hand, I wasn’t surprised that Stefania won, but on the other hand, I was surprised that the judges were very inconsistant with their choices, as judging by the scores alone, it seems they favored Dominican Republic and Kosovo.

  • Pedro Chadid

    What???? Stefania is better than Alicia Machado!!!!! and other latinas…

  • Pedro Chadid

    My favorite Miss Universe for Venezuela is Maritza Zayalero, Stefania and Barbara Palacios… The other 2… are cute but not the best…

    • Nelson

      I agree, the best Miss Universe is Maritza Sayalero… but it´s time to eliminate the other venezuelans, specially Alicia and Barabara…

  • Linda

    My favorite was Miss Australia- I thought Dominican Republic was too way over the top!

  • andres

    SI ALICIA MACHADO HIZO TAN BUEN PERO TAN BUEN TABAJO COMO MUV QUE CASI Y PIERDE LA CORONA POR SER TAN DESORGANIZADA Y TAN LOCA!

  • andres

    jOSEP!
    no te equivocas. soy un poco mas querente que eso.
    no me referi a venezuela dando petroleo al govierno de los estados unidos. me refiero a venezuela DONANDO PETROLEO a siertas organisaziones en el invierno del 2009 y del 2010.

    esxistia hasta un comercial en la tv norteamericane sobre ese tema.

  • andres

    JOSEP!
    PRA QUE VEAS QUE ERES TU QUE TIENES QUE INFORMARTE!!!
    ENTRA A GOOGLE Y ESCRIBE( VENEZUELA NONATE HEATING OIL TO USA)
    Y TE DARAS CUENTA POR DONDE VA ESTE TEMAS DE ESTAS DOS ULTIMAS CORONAS

  • daniel barros

    que jurado es este?., LA VENEZOLANA MAS FINA Y DISTINGUIDA LA PONENE EN ESTE LUGAR Y LA CHULEYKA, LA MACHADO, LA SAEZ POR FAVOR

  • Dante

    Este mensaje es para los venezolanos:
    Tienen un ego tan grande que creen que todo gira alrededor de ustedes. Creo que son uno de los países más fuertes del mundo en concursos de bellezas, pero creo también que son el país número uno del mundo en no ser objetivo con sus concursantes, cosa que otras países si lo son. De sus 6 Misses Universos, sólo Dayana Mendoza ganó por belleza, simpatía y pasarela…Stefanía Fernández me pareció re común y no destacó en el concurso…Los venezolanos tienen que aprender a ser objetivos y a recibir críticas, no sólo elogios…

    • PW

      Con su respeto Dante, está muy equivocado, si de ego hablamos, muchos mexicanos, boricuas, colombianos, y pare Ud de contar, tienen el ego tan o más elevado, hay que medir las palabras que se dicen… Yo considero que, indiferentemente de que nos gusten ciertas reinas más que otras, LAS 59 REINAS (60 CON LA SEÑORITA PASEK) ganaron porque era su momento, ESO DE DECIR QUE UNA GANÓ POR BELLEZA Y OTRA NO ES MUY FEO… LAS 60 SON ADMIRABLES Y CADA UNA HA DEJADO SU HUELLA PARTICULAR (PRO Y CONTRAS)…
      SALUDOS A TODOS Y AL EQUIPO GLOBAL BEAUTIES!
      PW

    • Non-Venezuelan fan

      Dante: Out of Venezuela’s 6 Miss Universes, only Dayana Mendoza won because of her beauty, personality and catwalk? FYI: I am certainly not from Venezuela and I could never disagree more. I agree with you on Stefania not being that spectacular or stunning, she was not bad but there were more beautiful girls than her that year. But in my eyes, out of all the six Miss Universes they have, every single other one ruled and reigned COMPLETELY SUPREME during her big night and was by miles and miles the most beautiful, elegant, charming and captivating one. And talking about sheer BEAUTY, NOBODY came even CLOSE to Maritza, Irene or Barbara during their respective nights and pageants! In Dayana’s year, Mexico was absolutely gorgeous but only Dayana had that magnetic charisma and that out-of-this-world radiance, that indescribable something, the x-factor that so set her apart from all the others! And exactly the same with Alicia! In sheer external beauty, there were two girls who challenged her and maybe (just maybe) even beat her that night – Finland and USA. But once again, only Alicia had that completely magical something, that out-of-this-world charisma that so set her apart from everybody else, and BTW combined with magnificent catwalk skills and dazzling vivacious personality! I just find it so unbelievable to read these comments saying that only one or zero Venezuelan winners won thanks to their beauty or for being more beautiful than all the rest because NOTHING could actually be further from the truth! There are certainly some other powerhouses in the history of the Miss Universe pageant whose queens in looks department did not “exactly” deserve all their crowns that were bestowed on them, and we can start with USA and certain other Latina powerhouse that I leave unmentioned here. And talking about “not being objective regarding one’s own contestants and not being able to take criticism”, Venezuelans are “not exactly” the only ones in this Universes guilty of that sin as we all know and can indeed see. At least 5 out of their 6 queens shone and reigned brilliantly supreme during their big nights and deserved every single bit of the glory! And of course, the very worst Miss Venezuela detractors posting these kinda comments over and over again are always the other Latinas envious of their success. It’s just so pathetic and so pathetically obvious!

  • Eros

    Estoy de acuerdo contigo Dante.
    Venezuela es el país más fuerte en concursos de belleza porque el Miss Venezuela:
    - Es una de las organizaciones con más tiempo en concursos de belleza (desde 1952).
    - Con las franquicias para Miss Universo, Miss Tierra, Miss Mundo, Miss Internacional más otras adquiridas recientemente (a diferencia de otros países).
    - Es el principal país que invierte mucho en sus candidatas, desde pasarela hasta la cirugía (aclaro que no es el único).
    - Tiene el respaldo de la Organización Cisneros.
    - Etc. etc……
    He aquí, el porque siempre vemos finalistas de este país en los diferentes concursos, aunque no sean la belleza que se espera, eso si, están muy bien preparadas y muchos países seguido, verán a Venezuela como el país a vencer.
    No en vano muchos celebran el ganarle a Venezuela y por consecuencia algunos venezolanos lo toman como agresión, lo cual no es así. De eso es lo que presumen, pero les falta algo de humildad, porque una mujer de belleza destacada puede salir de cualquier rincón de la tierra sin invertir mucho en ella.

  • taddercountryman

    6 MISS UNIVERSOS 1979, 1981, 1986, 1996, 2008 Y 2009
    6 SEGUNDOS LUGARES (1 FINALISTA) 1967, 1976, 1997, 1998, 2000 Y 2003
    5 TERCEROS LUGARES ( 2 FINALISTAS) 1972, 1984, 1993, 1994 Y 2007
    4 CUARTOS LUGARES (3 FINALISTAS) 1968, 1985, 1987 Y 2001
    2 QUINTOS LUGARES (2002 Y 2005)
    4 FINALISTAS CUANDO SE ELEGIA FINALISTAS ANTES DEL TOP 3 (1991, 1992, 1995 Y 1999)
    4 SEMIFINALISTAS 1955, 1956, 1964, 1970, 1977, 1983, 1988, 1989 Y 1990

    WAO, VENEZUELA, QUE BUEN PAPEL HAS HECHO A LO LARGO DEL MISS UNIVERSO

  • cindy

    I will never understand how this woman won Miss Universe. She just did not look good during the pageant and for some time during her reign. The Miss Universe stylist struggled for a while to find a look for her that was respectable and it took them quite a while as well into her reign many pictures of her looked ghastly. There is some thing wrong with her mouth and she looks oldish for a 18 year old. Antway whats done is done. Definitely one of the least attractive Miss Universes and should be in the bottom of the pile here. I still believe that the pageant was rigged since you only need to choose the judges that will give you the results that you want and that is what Miss Universe does

  • Miss Panocha

    Solo los qu eno conocesn a Stefanía en persona se atreven a hablar tanta pelotudez. Stefania es espectacular. Me pregunto Justine Pasek es para ser la numero 60 y aun no sale, además no ¿Como puede ser posible que Alicia Machado, Denisse Quiñones, Wendy Fitwilliam, Lara Dutta, Sushmita Sen, Jimena Navarrete y Bárbara Palacios tengan mejores lugares? Muy raro este concurso pero aquí estamos al pendiente. Así somos. Yo como Miss, seguiré al pendiente.

  • Anaxagoras

    The only thing that Stefania should’ve been praised for that night, she had the guts to wear a Halloween ketchup disguise in the evening gown competition !!! Kudos for her !!!

  • lamarquise

    I knew this would happen. MU 2009 pageant was probably the most talked about, agued about, criticized about. No wonder there are over 100 comments. While most people got ticked off (and I was one of them) at Stefania for keeping Chloe out of the top 5, what is done is done. Stefania reigned well, although she clearly should not have won, which shows: whoever is given the chance to wear a crown will probably do a good job, unless she doesn’t want to do the job.

    Stefania won the crown…good for her. Chloe did overall a very good job: 6th at MU 09, 4th at MW 09. And right after her reign she was offered an opportunity at Elite Model in NYC. Well, she didn’t win the crown but she did make an impact to some modelling agencies. Good for you, Chloé. You continue to make your fans proud of you.

    My top 10 Miss Universe: India 1994, India 2000, Puerto Rico 2001, Russia 2002, Panama 2002, Australia 2004, Holland 1989, Canada 2005, Trinidad/Tobago 1998, Dominican Republic 2003 (beauty wise, she has it, but I didn’t like her attitude nor her body – but her face is stunning).

  • Luciano C.

    At last! She is the only venezuelan winner who did not deserve the title. I hope next is Amelia, another big mistake.

  • andres

    WELL YOU’LL HAVE TO ASK THE MUV ORGANIZATION IF AMELIA WAS A MISTAKE???
    YEAH SHE WAS SUCH A BIG MISTAKE, THAT WAS THE COVER OF THE MISS UNIVERSE BEAUTY BOOK!
    AND STILL TODAY THE ORGANIZATION TALK ABOUT HER AND USED HER AS A SAPLE OF WHAT A GOOD MUV SHOULD BE!

  • andres

    BESIDE GO BACK TO THE NIGHT AMELIA GAVE THE CROWN TO AUSTRALIA AND TELL ME WHO LOOK MORE LIKE A REAL CLASSIC MUV.

    • Diva Supreme

      I think that Amelia today is more beautiful and gorgeous than ever! I saw her live in LA in Miss Universe 2006 and my God she is stunning beyond words! Take a look at her when she is sitting in the panel of the judges! It’s true she is not in my all-time top 10 but she is in my top 20. And indeed, talking about her crowning everybody’s little darling Jennifer Hawkins, while it goes without saying a vast majority of the fans will disagree with me, no question about which one indeed was more gorgeous and stunning!!

  • laag

    Stefaia la mas fea de los anos 2000

  • Jose

    mientras mas fea le dicen los envidiosos a Stefania mas HERMOSA se pone se llevo x delante a unas cuantas supustamente mas bellas q ella jaja

  • cyberpeople

    ¿por qué no te metistes al victoria’s secret stefania?

  • admin

    We would like to thank you for your comments and corrections. The text has been edited with Miss France as one of the pre-pageant favorites, while Kosovo and Puerto Rico were not.
    Thanks for contributing with GB’s articles!

  • paco

    No es guerra contra las reinas venezolanas, solo que sus seguidores nunca reconocen la belleza de otras mujeres, por ejemplo las europeas son bellas solo que no llegan tan preparadas, armadas y posudas, son chicas bellas y naturales.

    los fanaticos de las miss venezuela deben aprender que no siempre van a ganar los concursos de belleza,a donde envian sus representantes que casi siempre logran excelente figuracion. ahhh y recuerde lo que paso con ( ana karina añes, Jictzad Viña y marelisa gibson ) solo fueron de relleno……ojo no siempre se gana a la hora de competir….

  • paco

    las reinas venezolanas son bellas, lo que las mata son sus seguidores y fanaticos que nunca reconocen que en cualquier pais del mundo puede haber mujeres bellas…..

    las venezolansa tambien han perdido ( ana karina añes Jictzad Viña y marelisa gibson) solo fueron al concurso de relleno…..creo que las europas son mas bellas, naturales y menos fabricadas..

    • El Justiciero

      Las 3 no clasificaciones en el Miss Universo en 30 años…te reto que aparte del país dueño del concurso que no lo ha logrado en 2 ocasiones demuestres si tu país o de los otros de donde los foristas atacan constante y vilmente a las misses Venezolanas tienen ese record?

  • Jean Carlos

    Las fotos de Stefanía están bellísimas. Me encanta la de rostro con la corona. En ese año pensaba que ganaba Rep Dominicana. Australia es muy bonita, pero no pa’ tanto. Me sorprendió un poco la elección, pero al final creo que estuvo bien. En lo que respecta a PR, muy contento que haya llegado al TOP 5 con todos los revoluces y problemas que tuvo en su preparación y el cambio de administración de Magali a Desiree.

  • Alex

    She’s way better than Alicia Machado, where’s Alicia?

  • Paulo

    I did not liked her. Now I like. Gorgeous red dress.

  • Paulo

    But,

    my sentimental winner was Miss USA, Kristen Dalton.

  • M.P.

    I agree with Dante, Dayana is the most beautiful and complete of the 6 Mvzla. I hope she win this contest.

    A question to PW & MUO, How Stefea could win that year if she was #4 of 5 y #5 of 5 and her answer was not good at all??? Something was wrong there and the entire world was watching.

    Un consejo para Vzla sean mas objetivos y escuchen las criticas que enriquecen. No siempren se puede ganar y a veces se pierde injustamente.

    Este es el fin de la Historia: En 2009 MUO cometio un error que no pudo arreglar a tiempo. No podian cambiar a la MU pero la podian arreglar. La moldearon, le cambiaron el look y con la buena promocion que habia dejado Dayana la sacaron adelante. La funcion tenia que continuar y no podian tener perdidas. La chica aprendio y crecio y GB le dio un puesto mas alto que el de su gran noche #33 of 61.

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