6th place – Lara Dutta – Miss Universe 2000

6th place – Lara Dutta, India


(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 2000, the first of the new millennium,  was held at Eleftheria Stadium, in Nicosia, Cyprus.  79 delegates competed in a show hosted by Sinbad, with comments by Ali Landry and Julie Moran.  Being the mythological birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty, and alluding to the Judgement of Paris, the organizers presented a golden apple as a prize to the pageant’s winner.

Colombia

The final competition at the Eleftheria Stadium featured a stage set reproducing the ancient Curium Amphitheatre. Elvis Crespo, Montell Jordan, saxophonist David Koz and Cypriot international star Anna Vissi performed during the live telecast. The event started at 4 AM in Cyprus so that it could be televised live during the prime-time viewing period in the United States.

Political tension marked the pageant: Turkey did not send a delegate, the Lebanese and Israeli delegates refused to speak to each other, and Corrinne Crewe of Zimbabwe had to deal with the threat of escalating violence in her country. There were also protests from religious and feminist groups on the island who claimed the event was un-Christianand an affront to women.

Top 10 in gown

Miss India, Lara Dutta, was always considered  ”the one to beat”. Her beauty, intelligence and charisma shinned throughout the competition. Other favorites were Spain, Helen Lindes, Colombia, Catalina Acosta, South Africa, Heather Hamilton, Australia, Samantha Frost, Panama, Analia Nunez, Czech Republic, Jutka Kucorova, Israel, Nirit Bakshi, Namibia, Mia de Klerk, and Francia, Sonia Rolland.

The semi-finalists were Colombia, Spain, Venezuela, Estonia, France, Zimbabwe, Canada, USA, India, and South Africa. Miss Venezuela, Claudia Moreno, who many doubted would reach the next round of competition, was the surprise of the night: with a magnificent performance, she placed 2nd. Estonia, Evelyn Mikomagi, was another pleasant surprise. She was chosen by GB as the Sexiest Woman Alive for the year 2000.

Winning moment

The top 5 had India, Spain, Venezuela, Canada and USA. Many thought Canada and USA had gone too far, and should’ve been replaced by Colombia and France.

Spain was 3rd, Venezuela 2nd, wowever, the winner could be no other than India’s Lara Dutta. Her elegance, stunning face and incredible answers took her easily all the way to the top. As a matter of fact, that same year, Miss India World, Priyanka Chopra, was also crowned Miss World 2000.

Lara became a famous Bollywood actress. She got married on February 2010, and earlier this month she announced that she is expecting her first child.

MISS UNIVRESE 2000, LARA DUTTA
WINNER
MOST BEAUTIFUL MISS UNIVERSE FROM ASIA (1952-2010)

 The top 5: 1978, 1989, 2002-Oxana, 2004, 2008

Miss U 2000 Lara Dutta in Cyprus

Top 3: Venezuela (2nd), India (1st), Spain (3rd)

Lara Dutta: India's 2nd Miss Universe

 

67 comments to 6th place – Lara Dutta – Miss Universe 2000

  • PW

    Wooow, I predicted it, LARA 6TH! HEHEHE…

    THE ULTIMATE FIVE…

    - MARGARET GARDINER, 1978 – SOUTH AFRICA
    - ANGELA VISSER, 1989 – NETHERLANDS
    - OXANA FEDOROVA, 2002/DETHRONED – RUSSIA
    - JENNIFER HAWKINS, 2004 – AUSTRALIA
    - DAYANA MENDOZA, 2008 – VENEZUELA

    5. MARGARET GARDINER
    4. JENNIFER HAWKINS
    3. ANGELA VISSER
    2. OXANA FEDOROVA
    1. DAYANA MENDOZA

  • prinpoleon

    bravo lara dutta is very balance miss universe body and brain and i love her song aisa jadoo is shocking in the good way than margaret gardiner place in the top 5 because lara place 2 in 2001 gb contest o well this is the best top 3 with the top 3 of 1994 helen lindes is AMAZINGGGG THE BEST TWO RUNNER-UP EVER

  • nanana

    in this year the miss venezuela organization it was going to send to martina thorogood to miss universe but the muo refused because she place first runner-up in miss world 1999 if she had gone to miss universe venezuela have the crown martina is the most beautiful miss venezuela ever with dayana mendoza martina is the most beautiful miss world first runner-up and not the france girl (winner of gb most beautiful miss world first runner-up contest) :(

  • Garh

    We never got that years show telecast in the country I live in so was interested to read it took place in Cyprus. Looks like it was a good contest. Yahooo finally TOP 5 at last!! Bring it on.

  • Kate

    Lara Dutta ranked 2nd in GB’s 2001 contest.

    Venezuela and Australia are the only multiple-winning countries that made the top 5.

    How I rank the top 5:
    5. Margaret Gardiner
    4. Dayana Mendoza
    3. Jennifer Hawkins
    2. Angela Visser
    1. Oxana Federova

  • Andreatos Leo

    My Picks:

    4th runner up MARGARET GARDINER (1978 South Africa)
    3rd runner up ANGELA VISSER (1989 Holland)
    2nd runner up JENNIFER HAWKINS (2004 Australia)
    1st runner up OXANA FEDOROVA (2002 Russia)
    WINNER => DAYANA MENDOZA (2008 Venezuela)

  • Kent

    Absolutely gorgeous with abundant grace, poise, and stage presence. I believe she should have placed in the top 4. Thank you.

  • Andreatos Leo

    My Picks:

    4th runner up Margaret Gardiner (1978 South Africa)
    3rd runner up Angela Visser (1989 Holland)
    2nd runner up Jennifer Hawkins (2004 Australia)
    1st runner up Oxana Fedorova (2002 Russia)
    Winner Dayana Mendoza (2008 Venezuela)

  • Tony

    If there was an award for the most well-spoken Miss Universe, Lara would win it hands down. Lara is the most beautiful MIss Universe from Asia and the Middle East. I wish, she would have made it to the top 5. Lara, you are a goddess.

    • Pravin.J

      so true…. She’s one of the Best India has ever given to in Miss Universe (not forgetting its first – Sushmita)…. but after then on, India has not been really lucky… that’s something that i’m upset of….

  • DIM

    I like Dayana very much! But SORRY! The girl with beauty from “under the the knife” can’t be chosen as Most Beautiful Miss Universe.

  • Taraki

    Best of Asia! She shoulda been placed higher than Dayana. Probably the smartest Miss Universe! The clear winner that night! If only Miss Colombia didn’t wear a one-piece swimsuit… :( Anyway, I hope Jennifer or Oxana will win this thought I wouldn’t mind if Angela wins again.

    • Saruabh

      Yeah, I’m pretty sure Colombia wearing any other swimsuit wouldn’t have made ANY difference in the final result. The top 3 was just the right one, and the crown was unquestionably Lara’s. :)

      • Taraki

        I believe she would have been at least in top 5 if she’d worn two-piece, she was so beautiful in EG, but still, Lara is a runaway winner.

  • MP

    The results are:

    4th place is Africa
    3rd place is Europe
    2nd Place is Oceania

    1st runner up is Euro-Asia

    and the the winner is Dayana Mendouza from Americaaaaa!!!!!

  • JeffD

    Lara Dutta is one of my all-time favorites. Besides having physical beauty and poise, I was blown away by her fantastic interview and answer to the final question regarding what she would say to the protestors outside the building that night.So well-spoken and intelligent, very classy. Also her answers to the questions the judges asked her when she competed and won Miss Femina India were also outstanding.

    • Pravin.J

      till now, when ever I watch it in youtube, it gives me chills as the way she answers it is with class…. loved her from Femina Miss India itself….

  • Pravin.J

    Lara is the combination of Beauty with Brains & believe she should have placed higher than this; at least Top-3. For me, she’s the Number 1 Most Beautiful Miss Universe up till now…..

  • Voldermort

    I agree Lara is beauty and smart but she made one mistake during her interview portion. While asking what the alive person that she admired most, she answered Mother Theresa. Well, nice answer but Mother Theresa was decease three years before her participation in Miss Universe.

    • Ken

      What are you talking about? Do you want me to completely repeat her two interview portions on the final night? Please go watch youtube again, but if you are in China, of course youtube is banned. Don’t spread fake rumours, Voldermort!

    • robin

      you are confused by miss world and miss universe,that was pryanka,not lara

    • Chris

      You are wrong here.. Lara was not asked such a question. It was Priyanka in MW 2000 who was asked this question and it was she who named Mother Theresa apparently because (according to her) she could not hear the question proerly amidst the applause… Youtube has both the clips.

  • Andy

    Yay!. My girl Dayana made it to the top 5!!!.

  • Saruabh

    I absolutely love Lara, and she absolutely deserves to be named Most Beautiful in Asia. I’m glad she is ahead of several overrated winners like Ximena or Cecilia.

  • gabriel españa

    VenezueDayana Mendoza should win the most beautiful Miss Universe ever. Go Dayana! You are the number one!

  • Ken

    We can only have good things to say about Lara. I have said previously that Lara could make it to the top 5 simply because the judges want each populating continent to have a representative in the top 5. Alas, it is not to happen, but I am going to keep repeating myself, this panel of judges does not like Asians, and that Margaret Gardiner has really gone way way way way way too high. She better shows up on the next coundtown, otherwise….GB is just loosing credibility.

  • Sunil

    @Voldermort, Lara Dutta did not make any mistake during her interview. She scored 9.99, the highest interview score in MU history. It was Priyanka Chopra, Miss India World who gave that answer during MISS WORLD 2000 and even won the title. We have Most Beutiful Miss World ever Aishwarya Rai, MW 1994 and I think Lara Dutta should have been placed higher.

  • pop

    Lara Dutta, Miss Universe 2000, ranks 6th in my ranking with the score 9.598 .

    I consider Lara as the best Miss Universe ever because of her best interview in the history of the pageant. And she is also elegant in evening gown and best in swimsuit in the year. She is gorgeous and deserves to be the best MU.
    I think she could win in whatever pageant in the world she had competed.

  • Edwinavil

    This was too much for u Lara… Even Sushmita is way better than u, I don’t know what you doing in this position, this spot belongs to Natalie Glebova, Amelia Vega, Alicia Machado, Barbara Palacios, Dayanara Torres, Sushmita any of them except u! I don’t even know why Lara won “Miss Universe” only good thing about her was her body in swimsuit but no face, no presence, no nothing… anyway yawn

    • Pravin.J

      I need to oppose what you said Edwinavil as you forgot the interview session. She’s the only Miss Universe with near perfect 10 score that no one has come near to. Like said, she is Beauty with Brains…. fine that Natelie, Amelia, Sushmita should have place higher as I was hoping for them to be in Top-10; but Lara should have been in Top-3 for me.

  • Andrew

    The Miss universe 2002 edition is one of my favourites of all time……. the stage, the music, the top 10, cyprus, mediterranean…… Now talking about lara dutta….. Yes she was the best that night, the hair, the gown, the body, the intelligence. Miss Spain and Miss colombia were my favourites from the begining.

    My top 5:
    the 4th runner up is…..Miss universe 1978 (south africa)
    the 3rd runner up is….Miss universe 1989 (Holland)
    the 2nd runner up is….Miss universe 2004 (Australia)

    And now the most beautiful miss universe of all time is Russia Oxana Fedorova, that means that Miss universe 2008 is the 1st runner up.

  • VERSAILLES

    AH RECUERDO AQUEL CERTAMEN DEL 2000 REALIZADO EN MITICA ISLA DE CHIPRE (cuna de Afrodita, diosa de la belleza).
    EN MI OPINION PERSONAL HA SIDO EL MEJOR EVENTO DE LOS ULTIMOS TIEMPOS, CON UNAS ESCENOGRAFIAS IMPRESIONANTES, LA MUSICA DE ELVIS CRESPO, etc. etc.
    HONESTAMENTE LA GANADORA DEBO SER MISS ESPANA, ESA PRECIOSIDAD LLAMADA HELEN LINDES, PERO NO ME DISGUSTA LARA DUTTA PUES ERA MUY BONITA TAMBIEN. OJALA Y LA REPUBLICA INDIA CONTINUASE ENVIANDO ESTE TIPO DE REINAS, Y NO LOS DESCACHES DEL 2010 y 2011, PUES DESDE QUE SUSHMITA SEN ORGANIZA EL CONCURSO “I AM SHE” LAS COSAS VAN DE MAL EN PEOR. INDIA NO TENDRA UNA TERCERA MISS UNIVERSO ESTE 2011.

  • Didi

    YES YES Margaret made it to top 5. Hang in there – would like to see her in top 3. My top 5 ranking:

    5 – 2002 Oksana (Russia)
    4 – 2008 Dayana (Venezuela)
    3 – 1978 Margaret (South Africa)
    2 – 2004 Jenifer (Australia)
    1 – 1989 Angela (Holland)

  • Bjoern

    Wow. Great Top 5!

    I am rooting for Angela Visser, Oxana Fedorova and Dayana Mendoza for the win. But I would be extremely happy if Angela Visser retains the title as the Most Beautiful Miss Universe ever!

    I also love Margaret Gardiner. One of the tallest Misses Universe ever, and still beautiful and elegant nowadays.

    Am seeing Jennifer Hawkins as 5th.

    Btw, the MU 2000 editorial did not mention Germany and Philippines as the heavy favourites who missed the cut.

    That year, I was rooting for Colombia, Spain, Venezuela, Philippines, Germany or France to win. I also love Estonia, but personally Top 10 is good enough for her.

    And take note, Trinidad & Tobago sent a white delegate that year with Heidi Rostant!

  • Gabriel Espana

    Dayana Mendoza should be the most beautiful Miss Universe ever. Go Dayana go! You are the number one.

  • Gabriel Espana

    Sorry DIM, Dayana is so beautiful, zero(0)knife! She didn’t need to use those things to be the best.

  • Eduardo (Brasil)

    A mais linda entre todas é definitivamente Jennifer Hawkins ela vai ganhar e está em 1° lugar! o top é assim.

    1 Jennifer (Australia)

    2 Oxana (Rússia)

    3 Angela (Holanda)

    4 Dayana (Venezuela)

    5 Margaret (África do Sul).

  • John

    DAYANA MENDOZA, MISS UNIVERSE 2008, IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MISS UNIVERSE. She is beautiful and outgoing. She has a great body and great stage presence!!

  • yoanys

    Hola a todos! la verdad es que no me ha dado tiempo por mis responsabilidades de visitar este espacio y dar mi opinión pero gracias a Dios ya estoy aquí; este es mi humilde comentario bueno en general son varios: La espectacular Dayana Mendoza debería ser la ganadora de esta competencia, esta chica es impresionante ella representa el paquete completo en una reina de belleza que es la belleza llevada de la mano con un carisma inigualable, innumerables expertos de belleza y missologos dicen que la belleza es algo subjetivo y están en lo cierto pero en Dayana reconocemos esa belleza al 100%. Desde esa noche en Vietnam cuando la vi me combertí en un fiel seguidor de esta encantadora mujer toda una Diosa, su seguridad en la pasarela ese tumbao al caninar me vuelve loco; Cuando esta niña sale la tierra se detiene por un momento gracias a su cuerpo escultural, su dominio en el escenario, su presentacion en traje de noche, en el momento de la pregunta y respuesta cuando respondió que la diferencia entre los hombres de las mujeres “era que los hombres van en una línea recta cuando quieren lograr algo, mientras que las mujeres siguen cada curva para conseguir lo que quieren” ella respondió con gran ingenio fue totalmente innovador y con una increible rapidez mental, ya sabíamos de la seguridad de la mujer Venezolana, Felicidades!, era obvio que era la ganadora indiscutible esa noche del Miss Universo 2008 Donde el mundo conoció a lady GaGa. Revisando las fotos de Dayana publicadas en la internet me llamo la atención una en particular y es la foto en la que aparece Dayana mirándose en un espejo, yo creo que en ese momento el espejo le dijo a Dayana que ella era la más bella de todas las bellas.

    Algunas personas que siguen este espacio, no todos, la gran minoria dicen que Dayana no merece ganar la competencia de la Más Bella Miss Universo 1952-2010 por el simple hecho de ser Venezolana, y porque es “Plástica y tonta”, señores en especial la señora o señor Anaxágoras Usted ha sido muy irritante con sus comentarios en contra de Dayana Mendoza, y no solo le replico por Dayana si no también por todas aquellas personas me incluyo aquí, que usted a ridiculizado con sus comentarios, escribe de una forma sutil, corrigue la redacción de lo que comentamos, pero no se da cuenta que lo que hace es incomodarnos, Usted ha correguido mi redacción muchas veces, discúlpame Anáxagoras yo no soy tan letrado y tan inteligente como tu! pero a mi no me engañas Anaxágoras tu tienes algo en contra de las Venezolanas si no vean el comentario que publicó Anaxágoras sobre Mónica Spear el Dia 13 de Julio del año 2011 a las 9:20 Pm en el momento en el que apareció la bella Natalie Glebova Cuando el Sr. dijo que si Mónica hubera abuzado de más de la Ciruguia posiblemente hubiera obtenido un mejor lugar… Tambien arremetes solo por el simple hecho de abmirar el potencial de la Mendoza, respete nuestro derecho de ser aficionados de Dayana, ganese ese respeto y asi otros los respetaran a usted, que le ha hecho Dayana a usted Anaxágoras, para que usted la descredite con sus comentarios fuera de lugar, me atrevo a decir que lo que siente es envidia de la belleza y carisma de Dayana pero usted nunca será como ella ni volviendo a nacer, Dayana siempre será única y punto… y no le estamos pidiendo que guste de Dayana usted está en su derecho de no gustarle, solo le pedimos que modere lo que escribe y sea menos acido con un disfrace de dulce, quitese la máscara de una ves…. de todas forma un saludo cordial a la Sra. o Sr. Anaxágoras y a los otros (Lub, Belaco, Manuel Besares, Hugo entre otros), que con sus malos comentarios y deseos hacen a la Mendoza más sólida y fuerte. Volviendo al punto y dejando atrás este episodio les comento que “Muchas concursantes y Miss Universos de diferentes países an reconocido la utilización de la cirugía plástica como parte de su preparcion al Miss Universo” Algunas personas dicen que las Venezolanas son plásticas y no se dan cuenta que las otras concursantes de los otros países también usan La cirugía plástica como por Ejemplo: Australia, Brasil, Bolivia, España, Perú, Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Estados Unidos, y muchos otros. Con esto quiero decir, que yo si estoy a favor y totalmente deacuerdo con la cirugía plástica y que!… hay algo de malo en esto…muchos forman una alaraca y polemica diciendo que las Venezolanas no son naturales que son Plasticas etc etc etc, si esto es cierto entonces las demás concursante de los otros paises tampoco son naturales porque: Maquillarce no es natural, pintarce las uñas no es natural, pintarce el cabello tampoco es natural; pregunto yo envidiosos a que llaman ustedes natural? (Que Viva Venezuela y sus Bellas mujeres y si son plásticas o no déjenme decirles que les han dado muy buenos resultados el ser “plásticas” ja,ja,ja, o no quien puede decir lo contrario. La mujer Venezolana no es plática, es una mujer luchadora con un corazón enorme, Son bunas madres, excelentes seres humano, emprendedoras que luchan cada dia por su país, Yo me siento muy olgulloso de la mujer Venezolana Saludos para ellas y para todas las mujeres del mundo).

    En otro orden de ideas, Dayana Mendoza es la única mujer de América y la única latina que queda en la final de la competencia que por cierto los rasgos latinos de Dayana Mendoza la hacen exquisita… y el mercado latino es muy importante para la organización Miss Universo debido a que este concurso es muy popular en la comunidad latina. Estoy impaciente por saber los resultados finales y espero que Dayana este en el primer lugar.

    AH se me olvidaba otros seguidores dicen que Oxana debería ganar porque es muy bella Y claro que si! Oxana es bellicima eso es cierto; Oxana también es una de mis favoritas pero no es mi favorita número uno, ya saben cual es la numero uno… Oxana no merece Ganar o no merece el primer lugar por el hecho de ser Una Miss Universo Destronada, por no asumir su labor como Miss Universo, esto en mi país y en cualquier parte del mundo se llama irresponsabilidad, Oxana no aguanto la presión de ser Miss Universo tampoco la voy a juzgar por eso, Voy a tomar en cuenta dos casos muy diferentes hay les va el primero: El de Alicia Machado, ella tenia la presión encima por su aumento de peso, la ridiculizaron y todo, pese a esto ella continuó con su reinado y no renunció a la corona trabajo duro para perder peso y siguió hasta el final su trabajo como Miss Universo con mucha valentía; Alicia Machado es una Miss guerrera, para bien o para mal Alicia es la Miss Universo más publicitada y más autentica de todas, y si ya se que es extremadamente polémica, Otro caso muy sonado el de Stefanía Fernádez esta niña pese a la crítica de muchos ella cumplió su papel como Miss Universo Con gran eficiencia, y pese a la arremetida de varios seguidores jamás renunció, Stefanía le cerró la boca a los que la criticaron y se ganó a la critica con un algumento que es la efectividad en su trabajo como reína universal, su año de reinado fue extraordinario, y no se le puede negar que Stefanía Fernández es bella y muy sofisticada, recordada por su actitud dulce y positiva, con estos dos casos puedo sacar la conclusión y decir: Si Alicia y Stefania ambas con diferentes presiones continuaron con sus repectivos títulos en sus años de reinados, porque entonces Oxana no lo hiso Porque Oxana no tuvo el corraje y la fuerza de voluntad de Alicia y Stefania; esto queda como refleccion! me hubiera gustado ver reinar a Oxana pero no se pudo, ella sabra las verdaderas razones una lástima realmente, bueno sigamos… es verdad que en esta competencia se toma en cuenta únicamente la belleza Física pero se debería tomar en cuenta otros patrones, seria chocante si gana Oxana ella no culminó su Reinado además Oxana no tiene el carisma y el ángel que tiene Dayana Mendoza que es la Miss Universo más rentable, ojo con esto. Espero que los jueces hallan tomado la mejor decisión y en fin muchos seguidores de esta páguina estarán deacuerdo con el resultado y muchos otros no estarán deacuerdo, asi es la competencia y estas contiendas, pero espero que gane la mejor suerte a todas y en especial a la inolvidable y siempre bella DAYANA MENDOZA Miss Universe 2008. Felicitaciones tambien a la global beauties por realizar este tipo de concursos; Sin duda el mejor portal de belleza de todos los tiempos, me quito el sombrero frente a este portal.

  • Edison

    One of best Top 10 ever. That show was the first Miss Universe Beauty Pageant Show I watched on TV when I was 16. My favourite was Spain & Colombia. But, India deserved first prize. She looked moderate, dignified & stunning! And I like Miss Estonia, too, she didn’t wear… bras during Fashion Show (like Jennifer Hawkin in her final walk of Miss Universe Pageant 2005). :D

  • Giovanni

    I’m just curious, why are some contestants not wearing their national sashes in that top ten pic?.

  • Adrian

    1. Dayana is the mosy beautiful by far

  • Ist

    Jennifer Hawkins is winner is the most beautiful of all.

  • Alyssa

    Jennifer Hawkins 1st place.

  • Richard

    Oxana and Jennifer.

  • satine

    Por que si ella quedo en segundo lugar en 2001, y Angela Visser en primero, y desde ese entonces a la fecha, unicamente quedan antes que ella tres ganadoras posteriores a su reinado, 2002, 2004, y 2008, por que entonces ella bajo al sexto lugar, no deberia haber quedado en quinto??? Seguramente algunos jueces o diferentes jueces de ese entonces a los actuales, algunos de ellos consideran a Gardiner mas bella que a Lara. Aprovechando el espacio: Lei hace dias unos comentarios de parte de la Miss Australia 2011, donde declara abiertamente y sin pena que Jeniffer Hawkins tenia MULTIPLES CIRUGIAS……¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

    • Giovanni

      Es evidente que se trata de un jurado diferente y por lo tanto los resultados serán distintos. Por otro lado hay 11 otras ganadoras desde que ella llegó. Si se tratara de simpelemente repetir los resultados entonces no habría gracia en hacer otro conteo.

    • VERSAILLES

      Pues tener multiples cirugias no es ninguna novedad, actualmente ir al consultorio del cirujano es como ir al dentista. Y ojala pudiesemos saber el nombre del cirujano que atendio a JENNIFER HAWKINS, pues quedo simplemente DIVINA!
      Espero que ella sea la ganadora, o quizas DAYANA MENDOZA, ambas son bellisimas!!

  • KL

    What a short commentary on the 2000 pageant. It doesn’t do Lara Dutta justice. Lara won the Miss Intercontinental crown before competing at Miss Universe, so she already had one international title (a minor one at that) under her belt.

    Simply saying that she had “incredible” answers is an understatement. The final question is one which all beauty pageant contestants should be able to reply with no problems at all as they see pageantry as a pursuit worthy of their time and effort and Lara definitely nailed it.

    As for Claudia Moreno, she actually placed 7th in the Miss Venezuela pageant and was given a chance to compete at Miss Universe when the MUO denied Thorogood’s participation because of her Miss World 1st runner up position. When she was chosen in an emergency pageant, many people didn’t give her high chances but she managed to beat the odds and went all the way to first-runner up.

    Miss Spain got caught in a scandal when topless photos of her surfaced. Apparently, she was modeling women underwear from a company that only produce the bottoms and not the tops (!).

    Miss Colombia should have been in the top 5 but her swimsuit performance (in which she walked with a up and down gait and a non-flattering one-piece that makes her body looked disproportionate) killed her chances despite having a whopping 9.5+ score in evening gown.

    I never understand why Miss France got such low scores as she certainly deserve to advance into the top 5 instead of Miss USA, who was infuriating succinct during the top 5 interview portion.

    The article also neglected to mention that the interview semi-final competition was dropped that year, so the top 10 only compete only in gowns and swimsuit. You might think with the extra time, they would expand the number of semi-finalists.

  • Dante

    MU 2000 is one of my favorite editions. I enjoyed everything from the stage, to the opening, the semifinalists and of course the final results. Although Miss Spain was my choice since day one, I knew she had no chance against Lara’s perfect final answer. I will always remember the way she asked Sinbad for the microphone and spoke to the public with such grace and eloquence. She also looked amazing in that red gown. But as I said, Hellen Lindes was definately the most beautiful woman from that edition. Other personal favorites were Colombia, France and Puerto Rico. Estonia was indeed a pleasant surprise. Correct me if I’m wrong but the day of the competition was also her birthday. As for Lara’s placement in the ranking I would have put her in a lower position. Don’t get me wrong, she is pretty and all but I can’t help to think she reached this high because of her charming personality. But thats just me.

  • peterpan

    Iam from the Philippines and Lara Dutta is my favorite Miss Universe of all times. A total package, the beauty,witt, elegance and confidence. The strongest contender that year. She should have been ranked higher if not the highest :)

  • Antorcha

    Without a doubt, Lara and Brooke are the most poised and composed under extreme pressure Miss Universe winners. Lara is eloquent, poignant, and intuitive; Brooke is funny; both are very engaging.

    Congrats to beautiful elegant Margaret Gardiner, who continues to defy expectations; but I think gorgeous Oxana will win.

  • miguel navarrete

    larra is overated. she’s bottom heavy. sushmita looks better.

  • richard

    dyanna mendosa is the best she is very beautiful and her personality is wooooowwwwwwww

  • VERSAILLES

    PARA YOANYS:
    YO TAMBIEN SIENTO UNA ENORME ALEGRIA PORQUE DAYANA MENDOZA HAYA QUEDADO ENTRE LAS CINCO FINALISTAS DE ESTA VOTACION; ADEMAS DE SER LA UNICA LATINA Y LA UNICA MISS UNIVERSO DEL CONTINETE AMERICANO.
    EN CUANTO A TU OPINION DE OXANA FEDOROVA, ESTOY EN DESACUERDO, PUES NI TU NI YO ESTUVIMOS EN EL LUGAR DE LOS HECHOS, Y QUIENES SOMOS PARA JUZGARLA??
    ESO DE LLAMARLA IRRESPONSABLE ESTA MUY MAL, PUES OXANA ES OFICIAL DE POLICIA, Y SABE MEJOR QUE NADIE LA RESPONSABILIDAD QUE SE ASUME CUANDO ACEPTAMOS UN PUESTO, EN ESTE CASO COMO “EMBAJADORA DE LA BELLEZA UNIVERSAL”.

  • carina

    OXANA..the most beautiful ever!

  • ash

    Lara was exceptional that morning, she shone so bright that it was the most clear cut MU ever, she conquered each round with class and poise, in fact her performance was i believe is the best ever… its ironic coz months later priyanka would go on to conquer the MW crown, reminiscent of Lara’s MU performance.
    Her final answer is the best answer prob on the same level as Mpule’s final answer, they both pulled in the crowd and the judges!

  • Mr Brightside

    It was true: Misses USA and Canada went too far Colombia and Estonia were better..it was toos short this article on MU 2000

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