Miss Venezuela Is The New Miss Universe [Photos]

Miss Venezuela, Gabriela Isler, was crowned Miss Universe on Saturday in a ceremony that took place in Moscow, Russia.

The 25-year-old television presenter had to contend with 85 other participants in the annual event to choose the most beautiful woman in the Universe.

Venezuela, who boasts local beauties and is always a strong contender in any pageant, has taken the crown three of the last six years and brought the seventh overall win to the South American country.

Last year’s Miss Universe, American Olivia Culpo placed the glittering crown on the woman that will represent the pageant, which is owned by magnate Donald Trump, for a year.

After being crowned, Miss Venezuela, waving and smiling broadly said:

“I have a lot of emotions. I can’t describe all the things that I feel at this moment because I’m shaking,” she said. “I’m still in shock. I feel so blessed, so happy to be here.”

Someone updating Miss Venezuela’s Twitter account posted a congratulatory message for the new “queen”:

After being named Miss Universe, Miss Venezuela posed for photos wearing a specially created jeweled swimsuit on Sunday, which organizers said was worth $1 million (watch below) and travels under close guard, according to host Robert Thomas.

Judges for the contest included Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, who also performed during the show co-hosted by Thomas Roberts and ex-Spice Girl Melanie Brown.

The show was dedicated to the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines.

“We send our very best, our thoughts. We dedicate tonight’s show to you” Thomas said.

Opening the show, the contestants came out in red and black cocktail dresses following with bikinis of the same colors.

Judges picked 16 finalists, who faced against each other in another bikini segment that determined the 10 finalists. Miss Venezuela and the rest of her fellow competitors came out in stunning night gowns which ended with the five finalists being chosen.

The round of questioning for the final five saw the host, Russia eliminated first, which prompted loud boos from the audience.

Hosting the contest in Russia came under fire after the nation passed a law banning “homosexual propaganda.”

Robert Thomas is an openly gay man and commented: “I empathize with the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people here.” He did not mention the topic on-stage.

Miss Venezuela, the new Miss Universe now enters a whirlwind year packed with activities and trips, after winning the coveted crown, which brings her money and material prizes in a contest that continues to be extremely popular, especially in South America.

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