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It's all about family, says new Miss Universe

Oskar Garcia in Las Vegas

Published 25/08/2010 | 05:00

A 22-year-old Mexican has been crowned Miss Universe after donning a flowing red gown and telling an audience it's important to teach kids family values.

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Jimena Navarrete of Guadalajara was the first contestant to answer an interview question onstage and the last of 83 standing in the headline-grabbing pageant on the Las Vegas Strip.

"I want to give my parents a big hug," she said at a news conference after the pageant. "There was a lot of effort and a lot of sacrifice."

The train of her single-strap dress floated behind her like a sheet as she walked during the evening gown competition. Before that, she smiled in a violet bikini as she strutted across the stage.

First runner-up was Miss Jamaica Yendi Phillipps, while second runner-up was Miss Australia Jesinta Campbell.

Navarrete said she didn't expect to win. "I did feel surprised," she said. "I was like in a state of shock."

Irish entry Rozanna Purcell (19) was also a popular contestant. The UCD student and Assets model made it to seventh place in the competition.

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