Miss Universe 2007
|Miss Universe 2007|
Miss Universe 2007, Riyo Mori
|Date||28 May 2007|
|Presenters||Vanessa Minillo, Mario Lopez|
|Venue||Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico|
|Debuts||Montenegro, Serbia, Tanzania|
|Withdrawals||Cayman Islands, Chile, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Namibia, Northern Marianas, Sri Lanka, St. Martin, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom|
|Returns||Barbados, Belize, Curaçao, Honduras, Italy|
Miss Universe 2007, the 56th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 28 May 2007 at the National Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. Riyo Mori from Japan was crowned by Zuleyka Rivera of Puerto Rico at the end of the event. Seventy-seven delegates competed in this year.
|Miss Universe 2007|
- Albania – Sadina Alla
- Angola – Micaela Reis
- Antigua & Barbuda – Stephanie Winter
- Argentina – Daniela Stucan
- Aruba – Carolina Raven
- Australia – Kimberley Busteed
- Bahamas – Trinere Lynes
- Barbados – Jewel Garner
- Belgium – Annelien Coorevits
- Belize – Maria Jeffery
- Bolivia – Jessica Jordan
- Brazil – Natália Guimarães
- Bulgaria – Gergana Kochanova
- Canada – Inga Skaya
- China – Zhang Ningning
- Colombia – Eileen Roca
- Costa Rica – Veronica González
- Croatia – Jelena Maros
- Curaçao – Naemi Monte
- Cyprus – Polyvia Achilleos
- Czech Republic – Lucie Hadasová
- Denmark – Žaklina Šojić
- Dominican Republic – Massiel Taveras
- Ecuador – Lugina Cabezas
- Egypt – Ehsan Hatem El-Kirdany
- El Salvador – Lissette Rodríguez
- Estonia – Viktoria Azovskaja
- Finland – Noora Hautakangas
- France – Rachel Legrain-Trapani
- Georgia – Ana Giorgelashvili
- Germany – Angelina Glass
- Greece – Doukissa Nomikou
- Guatemala – Alida Boer
- Guyana – Meleesea Payne
- Honduras – Wendy Salgado
- Hungary – Ildikó Bóna
- India – Puja Gupta
- Indonesia – Agni Pratistha
- Israel – Sharon Kenett
- Italy – Valentina Massi
- Jamaica – Zahra Redwood
- Japan – Riyo Mori
- Kazakhstan – Gaukhar Rakhmetaliyeva
- Korea – Lee Ha-nui
- Lebanon – Nadine Wilson Njeim
- Malaysia – Adelaine Chin
- Mauritius – Sandra Faro
- Mexico – Rosa María Ojeda
- Montenegro – Snežana Bušković
- New Zealand – Laural Barrett
- Nicaragua – Xiomara Blandino
- Nigeria – Ebinabo Potts-Johnson
- Norway – Kirby Ann Basken
- Panama – Sorangel Matos
- Paraguay – María José Maldonado
- Peru – Jimena Elías
- Philippines – Anna Theresa Luy Licaros
- Poland – Dorota Gawron
- Puerto Rico – Wilmadilis "Uma" Blasini
- Russia – Tatiana Kotova
- Serbia – Teodora Marčić
- Singapore – Jessica Tan
- Slovak Republic – Lucia Senášiová
- Slovenia – Tjaša Kokalj
- South Africa – Megan Coleman
- Spain – Natalia Zabala
- St. Lucia – Yoanna Henry
- Switzerland – Christa Rigozzi
- Tanzania – Flaviana Matata
- Thailand – Farung Yuthithum
- Turks & Caicos – Saneita Been
- Ukraine – Lyudmila Bikmullina
- Uruguay – Giannina Silva
- USA – Rachel Smith
- US Virgin Islands – Renata Christian
- Venezuela – Ly Jonaitis
- Zambia – Rosemary Chileshe
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys quarterback
- James Kyson Lee – actor on Heroes
- Nina Garcia – Project Runway judge and Elle magazine fashion director
- Dave Navarro – rock star
- Dayanara Torres – Miss Universe 1993 from Puerto Rico
- Mauricio Islas – Mexican actor
- Lindsay Clubine – Deal or No Deal briefcase model
- Marc Bouwer – fashion designer
- Christiane Martel – Miss Universe 1953 from France
- Michelle Kwan – World champion, 1998 Olympic silver medalist, and 2002 Olympic figure skating bronze medalist
Last competed in 2002:
Last competed in 2005:
- Mauritius – Melody Selvon was only 16 years old. 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
- Sri Lanka – Aruni Rajapaksha was expected to represent Sri Lanka in the pageant, but did not compete. She went on to participate in Miss Universe 2008 a year later instead.
- Cayman Islands
- Northern Marianas
- Sri Lanka
- St. Martin
- St. Vincent & Grenadines
- Trinidad & Tobago
- United Kingdom
Areas of competition
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 also the first time since 2002 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
- 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. The outfit included a bullet-studded belt and crucifix necklace. 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. Pageant owners said that the costume would be redesigned to include image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
- Walters, Basil (1 April 2007). "Rastafarians embrace first beauty queen". Jamaica Observer. Archived from the original on 10 May 2007. Retrieved 18 April 2007.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Recent Grande Prairie, Alta high school graduate now Miss Mauritius". The Canadian Press. 22 August 2006.
- "Aruni, Lanka's new queen". The Sunday Times. 15 April 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2007.
- "No TT beauty for Miss Universe". Trinidad & Tobago's News Day. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2007.
- "Miss Mexico 'war gown' toned down". BBC News. 19 April 2007. Retrieved 24 February 2007.
- "Miss Mexico's pageant dress kick-starts outrage". El Paso Times. 21 April 2007.
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