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A look at all the Miss Universe pageant winners '09

Last updated on: August 24, 2009 

A look at all the Miss Universe pageant winners '09

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We all know Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez bagged the Miss Universe 2009 crown at Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas yesterday. Here's a look at the newly-minted beauty queen and the competition's runners up.

Eighteen-year-old Stefania created history by taking the crown back to Venezuela for another year from 2008 winner Dayana Mendoza. Here she is seen smiling onstage shortly after her triumph.


Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
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A perfect 10

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The brown-haired, brown-eyed beauty shone all through the competition, particularly in the swimsuit round, where her love of tennis and swimming paid off with a score of 8.760.

Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
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Miss Dominican Republic

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Ada de la Cruz, 23, bagged First Runner Up position for the Dominican Republic.


Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
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Sultry stunner

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It was the first time since 2003, when contestant Amelia Vega won the crown, that the country finished off in such a high position. And it's all thanks to this sultry stunner.


Photographs: Nir Elias/Reuters
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Miss Kosovo

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This is only the second time Kosovo has been represented at the Miss Universe pageant -- last year Zana Krasniqi made it to sixth position, this year Marigona Dragusha clinched it as Second Runner Up. Impressive!

Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
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Young achiever

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Marigona is only 18 and has performed well for her age. She is seen here pre-taping her opening number on August 18 for the final pageant.

Photographs: Ho New/Reuters
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Miss Australia

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Twenty one-year-old Australian Rachael Finch was the Third Runner Up at this year's pageant. The statuesque 5'9" looker also ranked fourth in the evening gown round, with a score of 9.039.


Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
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Well-groomed

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The well-groomed gal also showed up for rehearsals (seen here) looking gorgeous, which must have gone in her favour. Don't miss her trendy jumpsuit!

Photographs: Ho New/Reuters
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Miss Puerto Rico

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And finally, in the position of Fourth Runner Up we have Puerto Rican Mayra Matos, 20. She stood seventh and third in the swimsuit and evening gown rounds, respectively.

Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
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Up to the challenge

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For the traditional costume competition, Mayra wore a boxing costume, complete with robe, gloves and the Coat of arms of Puerto Rico. It was a salute to the Puerto Rican boxing tradition, which has produced more champions per capita than any other place on earth.


Photographs: Ho New/Reuters
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Miss China

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In the Special Awards segment, the title of Miss Congeniality went to Miss China, 21-year-old Wang Jingyao.

Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
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Miss Thailand

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And finally, Thai contestant Chutima Durongdej, 23, won the Miss Photogenic title. She is seen here pre-taping her opening number for the pageant.


Photographs: Ho New/Reuters
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