Colombians are overjoyed that a 22-year-old business student and model from Barranquilla, Colombia, was named Miss Universe. Roselle Chen reports.
A 22-year-old business student and model from Barranquilla, Colombia, was named Miss Universe at the annual beauty pageant, beating out 87 other contestants from around the globe. Paulina Vega, the granddaughter of tenor Gaston Vega, studies business administration at a university in Bogota and has been a model since she was eight years old. Colombia's president, Juan Manuel Santos said that Vega's success represents something very important for Colombian women. SOUNDBITE: Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia's president, saying (Spanish): "Yes we are very happy, this is great news for Colombia, it demonstrates that in Colombia we have very intelligent women, hard-working women, women who persevere to overcome obstacles, and who, in addition to all of this, are very beautiful." Vega is the fourth woman from South America to win the pageant in the past seven years, with contestants from Venezuela taking the title last year as well as in 2007 and 2008. Contestants from the U.S., Netherlands, Jamaica and Ukraine rounded out the five finalists at the 63rd annual pageant, which was broadcast on NBC from Florida International University in Miami.