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Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega, 22, was crowned the 63rd Miss Universe at a coronation night held at the FIU Arena, Doral-Miami in Florida on Sunday (Monday in Manila).
Miss USA Nia Sanchez was 1st Runner-up, while Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha, Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen and Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennel placed 2nd to 4th runners-up, respectively.
About 88 candidates around the world vied for the highly-coveted title, including Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa. The 27-year-old North Cotabato native made it to Top 10.
When MTV star Rob Dyrdek asked Miss Colombia, "What could women learn from men?, she responded: "A lot of men still believe in equality. I think that’s the thing that women we should learn from men."
Know more about her through this profile from Miss Universe:
Paulina Vega was born on January 15, 1993 in Barranquilla, Colombia. She is the daughter of cardiologist Rodolfo Vega Llamas and Laura Dieppa, and granddaughter of the legendary tenor Gatsón Vega. She is also the grandaughter of Elvira Castillo, Miss Atlántico 1953 (Colombia). She studies business administration at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota. She has been a model since she was 8 years old. Paulina belongs to a big family, four sisters and three brothers. She graduated from a German school in Colombia, and speaks English and a bit of French. In the Miss Universe Colombia pageant she earned the highest score possible in every presentation, 9.9. During her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and friends, and going to the park with her dog Mateo.
She sleeps with her eyes open. It's confusing because people don't know if she is awake or asleep!
Every time she has a break at the gym, she dances like a crazy person. The more people looking at her, the funnier she thinks it gets.
She loves to make checklists of everything she has to do to be sure she doesn't forget anything.