LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 23: Miss Puerto Rico Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza is named Miss universe during the Miss Universe 2006 pageant at the Shrine Auditorium on July 23, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 23: Miss Japan Kurara Chibana (L) and Miss Puerto Rico Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza wait to hear who will be named Miss Universe during the Miss Universe 2006 pageant at the Shrine Auditorium on July 23, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Mere mention of Miss Universe 2006 and the names of two ladies immediately come to mind – Zuleyka Rivera and Kurara Chibana.
Zuleyka had one of the best reactions upon winning the Miss Universe crown, apart from the killer evening gown she wore. And for which she fainted backstage shortly after due to its sheer weight plus the pressure finally being lifted from her body.
Kurara Chibana, on the other hand, remains to be one of my all-time favorite Miss Universe Japan winners (along with Riyo Mori) that I was cheering for her till the announcement of winners. I knew that Zuleyka had it in the bag. But in my heart, I still wanted this Japanese beauty to win.
Share your memories of the two, dear readers.
Below are some highlight videos of the two from the edition held in Los Angeles, California.
Kurara Chibana, Miss Universe Japan 2006 and Zuleyka Rivera, Miss Universe 2006 (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
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