Maria Gabriela Isler, Miss Venezuela (25, from Guarico), was crowned Miss Universe 2013 at the night of November 9th in Moscow, Russia. After a confusing announcement, Miss Spain was named 1st runner-up. Miss Ecuador was the 2nd, Miss Philippines 3rd, and Brazil 4th runner-up, respectively.
Candidates who placed in the Top 10 were Great Britain, India, USA, Ukraine and Dominican Repulic.
Top 15 quarter-finalists were the candidates from Costa Rica, China, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua and Switzerland.
Miss Photogenic was awarded to Poland’s Paulina Krupinska and Best National Costume is Nicaragua’s Nastassja Bolivar
It’s also interesting to know that this is the PHILIPPINES’ 4th straight year placing in the Top 5! I can smell a Miss Universe triumph soon!
BRAZIL’s resurgence as a Pageant powerhouse is also felt! Just like the Philippines, once Brazil enters the semi-finals she ends up iin the Top 5! It placed as 2nd runner-up in 2011 and 4th runner-up last year!
NO POLITICS THIS YEAR!
As a pageant observer myself who follows the competition closely and had reviewed the Preliminary Competition 3 times! I can conclude that this year’s pageant is judged fairly and based on the candidates’ performance! no major shockers classified, Switzerland, Indonesia and Dominican Republic gave a smashing performance in the prelims so it wasn’t a shock to see them make the Final line-up!
Congratulations to Venezuela!!