Saturday 24 February 2018

It's all about family, says new Miss Universe

Oskar Garcia in Las Vegas

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.

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.

Irish Independent

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