Miss Universe Pageant
2009 Miss Universe Pageant
2009 MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT
During one of the year’s most exciting live international television events, a star-studded panel of judges chose Miss Universe Venezuela, Stefania Fernandez, as Miss Universe 2009 live from Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Miss Universe Venezuela, Stefania Fernandez, is 18-years-old and she is interested in International Relations.
The judging panel for the 2009 Miss Universe Pageant included: Dean Cain, actor and producer best known for his TV portrayal of Clark Kent/Superman; Colin Cowie, author/television personality/designer to the stars; Gerry DeVeaux, award-winning producer, songwriter and style guru; Farouk Shami, Founder and Chairman of CHI Hair Care; Heather Kerzner, Ambassador for Kerzner International and their resorts, including Atlantis, Paradise Island; Richard LeFrak, Chairman, President and CEO, LeFrak Organization; George Maloof Jr., professional sports mogul and hotelier; Valeria Mazza, international supermodel; Matthew Rolston, leading photographer and director; Andre Leon Talley, award-winning writer and editor; Tamara Tunie, actress, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit;" and Keisha Whitaker, fashion maven and founder of the Kissable Couture lip gloss line.
Throughout the two-hour event, contestants from over 80 countries and territories around the world competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and personality interview. Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008, crowned her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour primetime telecast before an estimated worldwide viewing audience of approximately one billion viewers.
Miss Universe 2009: Miss Universe Venezuela, Stefania Fernandez
First Runner-Up: Miss Universe Dominican Republic, Ada Aimee De La Cruz; will assume the duties of MISS UNIVERSE 2009 if the titleholder for some reason cannot fulfill her responsibilities.
Second Runner-Up: Miss Universe Kosovo, Gona Dragusha.
Rest of Top Ten: Miss Universe South Africa, Tatum Keshwar; Miss Universe Czech Republic, Iveta Lutovska; Miss Universe Switzerland, Whitney Toyloy; Miss USA, Kristen Dalton; and Miss Universe France, Chloe Mortaud.
Rest of Top Fifteen: Miss Universe Albania, Hasna Xhukici; Miss Universe Belgium, Zeynep Sever; Miss Universe Croatia, Sarah Cosic; Miss Universe Iceland, Ingibjorg Egilsdottir; and Miss Universe Sweden, Renate Cerljen.
Miss Photogenic Universe™ Award: Miss Universe Thailand, Chutima Durongdej. The general public voted on www.nbc.com for the delegate who exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a gift from pageant sponsor Diamond Nexus Labs.
Miss Congeniality Universe™ Award: Miss Universe China, Wang Jingyao. This award reflects the respect and admiration of the delegate’s peers, who voted for her as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a gift from Diamond Nexus Labs.