Miss Universe 2000
|Miss Universe 2000|
Miss Universe 2000 participating nations and results
|Date||12 May 2000|
|Presenters||Sinbad, Ali Landry, Julie Moran|
|Entertainment||Elvis Crespo, Dave Koz, Montell Jordan, Anna Vissi|
|Venue||Eleftheria Indoor Hall, Nicosia, Cyprus|
|Withdrawals||Bonaire, Barbados, Cook Islands, Curaçao, Guyana, Nicaragua, Suriname, Turkey, US Virgin Islands, Zambia|
|Returns||Bulgaria, Denmark, Guam, Netherlands, Norway, Zimbabwe|
|Best National Costume||Letty Murray
Miss Universe 2000, the 49th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 12 May 2000 at the Eleftheria Indoor Hall in Nicosia, Cyprus. Lara Dutta of India was crowned by Mpule Kwelagobe of Botswana at the end of the event. Seventy-nine delegates competed in this year.
|Miss Universe 2000|
- Venezuela, initially chose Martina Thorogood to represent their country at both Miss Universe and Miss World 1999. Miss Universe officials objected to this as Thorogood placed first runner-up at Miss World and there was a chance that she could become Miss World should the winner resign or lose her crown. A second, smaller pageant was held among delegates who had competed in previous Miss Venezuela competitions, and Claudia Moreno was chosen to compete at Miss Universe. Moreno went on to place first runner-up. Both Venezuelan candidates placed second in their respective competitions to the candidates from India
- Russia initially chose Miss Russia 1997, Yelena Rogozhina for Miss Universe 2000, but her victory at the 1999 Miss Europe contest in Lebanon made her unable to compete at Miss Universe. The winner of Miss Russia 1999, Anna Kruglova, also was ineligible for Miss Universe due her being underage at the time. The organizers of the Miss Russia pageant decided to pick the Miss Russia 1999 first runner-up, Svetlana Goreva, for Miss Universe 2000.
Nicosia was announced as host city of the pageant on July 1, 1999. The country invested $3.5 million in the event, in the hope that the publicity would increase tourism, the island's main industry.
Conservative Cypriot church leaders protested the decision to hold the pageant on the island, claiming that millennium celebrations of the birth of Christ were more important and that the event was scandalous and would promote female nudity.
- "Venezuela elects new representative to Miss Universe contest". Associated Press. 2000-03-28.
- "Cyprus to host Miss Universe in millennium". Agence France Press. 1999-07-01.
- Kambas, Michele (1999-07-01). "Cyprus to host Miss Universe next year-official". Reuters.
- "Church and state feud over Miss Universe contest". Associated Press. 1999-08-04.
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