Miss Universe 2009

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Miss Universe 2009
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Miss Universe 2009, Stefanía Fernández
Date23 August 2009
Presenters
Entertainment
VenueImperial Ballroom, Atlantis Paradise Island, Nassau, The Bahamas
Broadcaster
Entrants83
Placements15
Withdrawals
Returns
WinnerStefanía Fernández
 Venezuela
CongenialityWang Jingyao
 China
Best National CostumeDiana Broce
 Panama
PhotogenicChutima Durongdej
 Thailand
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Miss Universe 2009, the 58th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 23 August at the Imperial Ballroom in Atlantis Paradise Island, Nassau, The Bahamas.[1] It was the first back-to-back victories in Miss Universe history: Stefanía Fernández of Venezuela was crowned by Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela as her successor at the end of the event. 84 contestants competed in this year. On 22 August, Jewel Selver representing Turks and Caicos Islands withdrew from the pageant due to illness (dehydration). Only 83 contestants competed in the final.

Results[edit]

Countries and territories which sent delegates and results for Miss Universe 2009

Placements[edit]

Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 2009
1st Runner-up
2nd Runner-up
3rd Runner-up
4th Runner-up
Top 10
Top 15

Final scores[edit]

Contestants[edit]

Country/Territory Contestant Age Height Hometown
 Albania Hasna Xhukiçi[2] 21 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Fier
 Angola Nelsa Alves[3] 22 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Luanda
 Argentina Johanna Lasic[4] 23 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Buenos Aires
 Aruba Dianne Croes[5] 22 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Oranjestad
 Australia Rachael Finch[6] 21 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Townsville
 Bahamas Kiara Sherman 26 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) Freeport
 Belgium Zeynep Sever 20 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Brussels
 Bolivia Dominique Peltier[7] 22 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Cochabamba
 Brazil Larissa Costa 25 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) São Gonçalo Do Amarante
 Bulgaria Elitsa Lubenova 19 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Dve Mogili
 Canada Mariana Valente 23 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Richmond Hill
 Cayman Islands Nicosia Lawson 26 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) George Town
 China Wang Jingyao 18 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Qingdao
 Colombia Michelle Rouillard[8] 22 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Popayán
 Costa Rica Jessica Umaña[9] 21 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Moravia
 Croatia Sarah Ćosić[10] 20 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Split
 Curaçao Angenie Simon[11] 24 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Willemstad
 Cyprus Kielia Giasemidou[12] 20 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) Nicosia
 Czech Republic Iveta Lutovská 26 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Třeboň
 Dominican Republic Ada Aimée de la Cruz 23 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Villa Mella
 Ecuador Sandra Vinces[13] 19 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Portoviejo
 Egypt Elham Wagdy 26 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Cairo
 El Salvador Mayella Mena[14] 21 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) San Salvador
 Estonia Diana Arno[15] 25 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) Tallinn
 Ethiopia Melat Yante 19 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) Addis Ababa
 Finland Essi Poysti[16] 22 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in) Jyväskylä
 France Chloé Mortaud[17] 19 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Bénac
 Georgia Lika Ordzhonikidze 19 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Tbilisi
 Germany Martina Lee[18] 24 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Meinerzhagen
 Ghana Jennifer Koranteng[19] 23 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Accra
 Great Britain Clair Cooper 27 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) London
 Greece Viviana Campanile Zagorianakou 19 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Athens
 Guam Racine Manley 24 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) Dededo
 Guatemala Lourdes Figueroa[20] 21 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Guatemala City
 Guyana Jenel Cox 19 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Georgetown
 Honduras Bélgica Suárez 23 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Tegucigalpa
 Hungary Suzann Budai 21 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) Budapest
 Iceland Ingibjörg Egilsdóttir[21] 24 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Eastern Region
 India Ekta Chowdhry 23 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) New Delhi
 Indonesia Zivanna Letisha Siregar 20 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Jakarta
 Ireland Diana Donnelly 20 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Dublin
 Israel Julia Dyment 20 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Haifa
 Italy Laura Valenti[22] 25 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Arezzo
 Jamaica Carolyn Yapp[23] 25 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Montego Bay
 Japan Emiri Miyasaka 25 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Tokyo
 Korea Na Ree[24] 23 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) Seoul
 Kosovo Marigona Dragusha[25] 18 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Pristina
 Lebanon Martine Albert Andraos 19 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in) Byblos
 Malaysia Joannabelle Ng 21 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Kota Kinabalu
 Mauritius Anaïs Veerapatren[26] 23 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Curepipe
 Mexico Karla Carrillo 21 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Guadalajara
 Montenegro Anja Jovanović 20 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Podgorica
 Namibia Happie Ntelamo 20 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Katima Mulilo
 Netherlands Avalon-Chanel Weyzig[27] 19 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Zwolle
 New Zealand Katie Taylor 22 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Auckland
 Nicaragua Indiana Sánchez[28] 22 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Managua
 Nigeria Sandra Otohwo 20 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Asaba
 Norway Eli Landa[29] 25 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Stavanger
 Panama Diana Broce[30] 23 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Las Tablas
 Paraguay Mareike Baumgarten 19 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Asunción
 Peru Karen Schwarz 25 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Lima
 Philippines Pamela Bianca Manalo 22 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Manila
 Poland Angelika Jakubowska[31] 20 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Lubań
 Puerto Rico Mayra Matos[32] 20 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Cabo Rojo
 Romania Elena Bianca Constantin 20 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Piatra-Neamt
 Russia Sofia Rudieva[33] 18 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Saint Petersburg
 Serbia Dragana Atlija 22 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Belgrade
 Singapore Rachel Kum[34] 24 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Singapore
 Slovakia Denisa Mendrejová 23 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Bratislava
 Slovenia Mirela Korač 22 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) Ljubljana
 South Africa Tatum Keshwar[35] 25 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) Durban
 Spain Estíbaliz Pereira 23 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) Santiago de Compostela
 Sweden Renate Cerljen 21 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Staffanstorp
  Switzerland Whitney Toyloy 19 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Yverdon
 Tanzania Illuminata James 24 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Mwanza
 Thailand Chutima Durongdej[36] 23 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Bangkok
 Turkey Senem Kuyucuoğlu 18 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) İzmir
 Ukraine Kristina Kots-Gotlib 26 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Donetsk
 Uruguay Cintia D'ottone 21 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Montevideo
 United States Kristen Dalton 22 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Wilmington
 Venezuela Stefanía Fernández[37] 18 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Mérida
 Vietnam Võ Hoàng Yến[38] 21 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Ho Chi Minh City
 Zambia Andella Chileshe Matthews[39] 21 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Ndola

a Great Britain changed name to UK in 2008; this year changed back to Great Britain, which was last used in 2000.

Judges[edit]

Preliminary competition[edit]

The judges for the preliminary competition are listed below:[40]

  • Mark Wylie – Best Buddies Talent Executive
  • Adriana Ching – Licensed attorney and a former real estate developer avid philanthropist
  • Todd Winston – Veteran of the hospitality industry and Vice President of Sales at Creative Promotional
  • Rosalina Lydster – Fashion designer for celebrities
  • Tiza Tjokroadisumarto – Director of Retail Operations for Michael Kors
  • Corinne Nicolas – President of Trump Model Management
  • David Friedman – Last Call with Carson Daly Executive Producer
  • Steven Schillaci – Talent Producer for many hit shows including American Idol
  • Mario Mosley – Hollywood Choreographer of Oxygen's Dance Your Ass Off
  • Sarah Markantonis – Ambassador of Kerzner International Bahamas

Final telecast[edit]

The following celebrities judged the final competition:[40][41]

  • Dean Cain – Actor and producer
  • Tamara Tunie – Actress, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
  • Colin Cowie – Author, Television Personality and Designer to the Stars
  • Valeria Mazza – International Supermodel
  • Matthew Rolston – Leading Photographer and director
  • Richard LeFrak – Chairperson, President and CEO LeFrak Organization
  • Andre Leon Talley – Award-winning Writer and editor
  • Heather Kerzner – Philanthropist and Ambassador for Kerzner International and Resorts
  • Farouk Shami – Founder and Chairman of CHI Hair Care
  • Keisha Whitaker – Fashion Maven and Founder of the Kissable Couture Lip Gloss line
  • Gerry DeVeaux – Award-winning Producer, Songwriter and Style Guru
  • George J. Maloof, Jr. – Professional Sports Mogul and Hotelier

Notes[edit]

Returns[edit]

Last competed in 1998:

Last competed in 2006:

Last competed in 2007:

Designations[edit]

  •  Egypt – Elham Wagdy was appointed to represent Egypt. She was the 1st runner-up in Miss Egypt 2005 national pageant. She also represented Egypt in Miss Earth 2005, Miss International 2006 and Miss Intercontinental 2007.
  •  VietnamVõ Hoàng Yến was appointed Miss Universe Vietnam 2009 by UNICorp, the franchise holder of Miss Universe in Vietnam. Yến was the 1st runner-up at Miss Universe Vietnam 2008 pageant.

Withdrawals[edit]

  •  Antigua and Barbuda
  •  Denmark
  •  Kazakhstan – Olga Nikitina did not compete in Miss Universe 2009 for lack of sponsoring from her country.
  •  Sri Lanka – Faith Landers did not participate in Miss Universe 2009 despite being announced that she would.
  •  Turks and Caicos – Jewel Selver withdrew from the competition 24 hours before the final claiming she was suffering from dehydration.[42]
  •  Trinidad and Tobago – Peter Elias, the franchise holder for Trinidad and Tobago has confirmed that the Caribbean nation did not send a delegate to Miss Universe 2009 due to lack of sponsorship. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago was informed by Peter Elias in 2008 that it was difficult for him to find sponsorship and that he would no longer be able to fund the girls. The Government aware of this announced that this competition is for private investment and not Government investment.

Host selection[edit]

Donald Trump had intentions on holding the 2009 pageant in Dubai, but backed out due to the political instability regarding relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel and also for religious reasons.[43] Croatia was interested in hosting Miss Universe 2009 but they backed out of the project due to economic problems related to the current global economic crisis.[44] In July, investor Jonathan Westbrook tried to get Australia to host Miss Universe 2009 but his efforts were in vain as the possible venues were not interested.[45] Then, for the first time, Bahamas became the official host of the Miss Universe pageant. The presentation show, rehearsals, dress rehearsal and the grand finale took place at the main convention ballroom (3650 capacity) of Atlantis Paradise Island, the Imperial Ballroom.

Presentation show[edit]

This marks the first time the Miss Universe preliminary competition was streamed online to a worldwide audience via Ustream and the Miss Universe website.

At the Preliminary Competition all contestants competed in the Swimsuit and Evening Gown categories as part of the selection for the top 15 finalists who will be revealed during the beginning of the two-hour live telecast of the 2009 Miss Universe Pageant live on NBC and Telemundo on Sunday, 23 August.

The Preliminary Competition was hosted by Miss Universe 2008, Dayana Mendoza and Local Bahamas radio personality Ed Fields. London based singer Anthoney Wright performed his hit song "Wud if I Cud" during the competition.

Final show[edit]

This marked the first time the Miss Universe live telecast was introduced by Donald Trump.

84 contestants pre-taped the national costume introduction including Turks & Caicos – Jewel Selver. Top 15 were announced, followed by Dayana Mendoza sharing about her experiences as Miss Universe 2008. The Top 15 semi-finalists competed in the Swimsuit competition which Top 10 finalists completed in the Evening Gown competition. The televised audiences could see the judges' average combined scores. Before announcing the finalists, there were two special awards – Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic were given. Both were claimed by candidates from Asia – Wang Jingyao of China and Chutima Durongdej of Thailand. Dayana Mendoza revealed that the new Miss Universe crown was the "Peace" model. The Top 5 finalists competed in the final question round. The 4 runners-up were announced first, followed by the new Miss Universe 2009 – Stefanía Fernández.

The live telecast was hosted by Access Hollywood, Billy Bush and Celebrity Apprentice Claudia Jordan. For the first time, special guest – Heidi Montag performed her first official single Body Language during the Top 15 fashion shoot presentation. Flo Rida performed during the Top 15 swimsuit competition, and David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland performed during the Top 10 evening gown competition.

The pageant was also historically significant, using Skype for the first time for the final question. Mayra Matos representing Puerto Rico was asked by Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori from Japan via Skype.

When Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza was crowning Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernandez, the crown fell to the floor, but luckily did not break.

Bolivia – Peru dispute[edit]

On 1 August 2009 Bolivian officials stated that it could present a legal challenge to the organizers of Miss Universe due to the planned use of a typical Diablada costume by the Peruvian candidate Karen Schwarz. Pablo Groux, Bolivian minister of Culture, said that any use of the costume by Schwarz in the contest would be an unlawful appropriation of Bolivian heritage and threatened to bring the case to the International Court of Justice. El Comercio, a Peruvian newspaper, mentioned that this is not the first time the diablada costume is shown in the contest and that it was María Josefa Isensee, a Chilean, that first used it in the Miss Universe contest. The Peruvian foreign minister José Antonio García Belaúnde said that since the diablada dress is of indigenous Aymara origin it can not be considered exclusive of any of the countries where Aymaras lives.[46][47]

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