Miss Universe 2007

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Miss Universe 2007
Riyo Mori headshot.png
Miss Universe 2007, Riyo Mori
Date28 May 2007
VenueNational Auditorium, Mexico City, Mexico
Official broadcaster:
WinnerRiyo Mori
CongenialityZhang Ningning
PhotogenicAnna Licaros
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Miss Universe 2007, the 56th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 28 May 2007 at the National Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico.[1] Riyo Mori from Japan was crowned by Zuleyka Rivera of Puerto Rico as her successor at the end of the event.[2] 77 contestants competed in this year.


Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City
Countries and territories which sent delegates and results for Miss Universe 2007


Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 2007
1st Runner-up
2nd Runner-up
3rd Runner-up
4th Runner-up
Top 10
Top 15



Final telecast[edit]

The following celebrities judged the final competition. Christiane Martel was added as a judge the day prior to the final competition.[4]





  •  Mauritius – Melody Selvon was only 16 years old.[6] Rules state that all Miss Universe contestants must be over the age of 18 and Selvon was replaced by first runner-up, Sandra Faro.

Did not compete[edit]



Best National Costume was not awarded.

Areas of competition[edit]

Prior to the final telecast, all contestants competed in swimsuit and evening gown during the preliminary competition. They also participated in interviews with the judges.

During the final competition, the top fifteen contestants (based on their preliminary scores) competed in the swimsuit competition, and the top ten competed in evening gown. The final five contestants participated in a final round of on-stage interviews, before the runners-up were announced and the new Miss Universe named.

This was the first year since 2002 that the judges' average scores were shown on television.

It was the first time since 2001 that the final question posed on the ladies came from the judges. The previous pageants had final questions coming from the current Miss Universe and the delegates participating in the final five themselves.

National costume controversy[edit]

  •  Mexico – In April 2007, controversy erupted over the proposed national costume of Rosa María Ojeda, Miss Mexico. The skirt of the costume depicted scenes from the Cristero War, a Roman Catholic rebellion in the 1920s in which thousands of people were killed, including hangings.[9] The outfit included a bullet-studded belt and crucifix necklace.[10] The design was chosen from over thirty others and had been intended to show Mexico's culture and history, but it elicited controversy amid claims it was in poor taste and inappropriate.[9] Pageant owners said that the costume would be redesigned to include image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.[9]

General references[edit]

  • West, Donald (ed.). "Miss Universe 2007". pageantopolis.com. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012.


  1. ^ "Miss Universe 2007 - Pageant Planet". www.pageantplanet.com. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Miss Universe Japan 2007 - Pageant Planet". www.pageantplanet.com. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  3. ^ Walters, Basil (1 April 2007). "Rastafarians embrace first beauty queen". Jamaica Observer. Archived from the original on 10 May 2007. Retrieved 18 April 2007.
  4. ^ "Vanessa Minnillo and Mario Lopez to Host Miss Universe(R) 2007, Live From the National Auditorium in Mexico City on NBC, Monday, May 28, 9–11 p.m. ET" (Press release). Miss Universe Organization. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2007.
  5. ^ "Latina Fashion Designer, Icel De Jesus Will Participate as International Judge at the Miss Universe Honduras 2007 Pageant" (Press release). Carimaxx Productions. 21 April 2007. Retrieved 21 April 2007.
  6. ^ "Recent Grande Prairie, Alta high school graduate now Miss Mauritius". The Canadian Press. 22 August 2006.
  7. ^ "Aruni, Lanka's new queen". The Sunday Times. 15 April 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2007.
  8. ^ "No TT beauty for Miss Universe". Trinidad & Tobago's News Day. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2007.
  9. ^ a b c "Miss Mexico 'war gown' toned down". BBC News. 19 April 2007. Retrieved 24 February 2007.
  10. ^ "Miss Mexico's pageant dress kick-starts outrage". El Paso Times. 21 April 2007.

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