Miss Universe 2000

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Miss Universe 2000
Lara Dutta
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 Cyprus
Broadcaster CBS
Entrants 79
Placements 10
Debuts St. Martin
Withdraws Bonaire, Barbados, Cook Islands, Curaçao, Guyana, Nicaragua, Suriname, Turkey, US Virgin Islands, Zambia
Returns Bulgaria, Denmark, Guam, Netherlands, Norway, Zimbabwe
Winner Lara Dutta
Congeniality Tamara Scaroni
Best National Costume Letty Murray
Photogenic Helen Lindes

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 crowned by Mpule Kwelagobe of Botswana. Seventy-nine delegates competed in this year.

The pageant was marked by certain political issues relating to the contestants. Turkey did not send a delegate to the pageant for the first time in thirteen years because of its relations with Cyprus; 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.[1] There were also protests from religious and feminist groups on the island who claimed the event was un-Christian and an affront to women.[2] The three finalists, Miss India, Miss Venezuela, and Miss Spain, were asked to respond to these protests and convince people that beauty pageants were good. Lara Dutta of India, aged 22, the winner of the competition, responded by saying "The pageants like the Miss Universe pageant gives us young women a platform to foray into the feilds that we want to and forge ahead, be it entrepreneurship, be it the armed forces, be it politics. It gives us a platform to voice our choices and opinions and makes us strong, independent that we are today". This spectacular answer to a difficult question completely impressed the judges and entire audience, showing Lara was not only gorgeous but a highly intellectual individual as well. She holds the record for the highest score in the interview round and also the highest score in any round in the history of the compitation. Almost every judge giving her the maximum score of 9.99. This answer is believed to have greatly contributed to her victory.

That same year, two other Miss India contestants, Priyanka Chopra and Dia Mirza, won the Miss World 2000 and Miss Asia Pacific International 2000 titles respectively. This was the second time a country had won all three major international beauty pageants in the same year, the first being Australia in 1972.


Countries and territories which sent delegates and results


Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 2000
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
Top 5
Top 10

Special awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
Best National Costume
Miss Congeniality
  •  Aruba - Tamara Scaroni
Miss Photogenic
Oscar De la Renta Best in Swimsuit
Clairol Herbal Essences Style

Semi-final scores[edit]

Order of announcements[edit]

The week following the pageant, a Cyprus newspaper published the results of 11th through 15th place. They were as follows:

11) Czech Republic
12) Netherlands
13) Panama
14) Germany
15) Japan


Final telecast[edit]




Other notes[edit]

  • 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.[3] Moreno went on to place first runner-up.
  • Spain was also the 2nd runner-up in Miss Universe 1999.
  • Sonia Rolland of France is a known actress in her country.

Host city[edit]

Nicosia was announced as host city of the pageant on July 1, 1999.[4] The country invested $3.5 million in the event, in the hope that the publicity would increase tourism, the island's main industry.[5]

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.[6]

International broadcasters[edit]

These networks televised the 2000 Miss Universe pageant live (or recorded it earlier for future broadcast) in their respective countries and territories:


  1. ^ Joshi, Vijay (2000-05-09). "Global conflicts cast shadows at Miss Universe pageant". 
  2. ^ Efty, Alex (2000-05-11). "Church, women's group denounce Miss Universe pageant". 
  3. ^ "Venezuela elects new representative to Miss Universe contest". Associated Press. 2000-03-28. 
  4. ^ "Cyprus to host Miss Universe in millennium". Agence France Press. 1999-07-01. 
  5. ^ Kambas, Michele (1999-07-01). "Cyprus to host Miss Universe next year-official". Reuters. 
  6. ^ "Church and state feud over Miss Universe contest". Associated Press. 1999-08-04. 

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