Dalia Cristina Fernández Sánchez, 22, Republica Dominicana!
The Dominican Republic has always been a strong performer in international beauty competitions. In the Miss Universe Pageant alone, the small Carribean island takes pride in having several final and semi-final placements, aside from Amelia Vega taking the crown itself in 2003.
This year, Dalia (plus her handlers, of course) is taking full responsibility for bringing more honors for her country in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The 5’8″ looker is definitely in her comfort zone. Having joined and placed 1st Runner-Up in Reina Mundial del Banano 2009, she knows the twists and turns of the game.
What’s more, she has already made her presence felt by visiting New York City (where Donald Trump holds office) and got involved in some controversial news when a losing contestant (Eva Siskos) in her national pageant claimed that Dalia paid more than US$100,000.00 to insure victory. As expected, denials ensued and the publicity even upped the latter’s popularity meter.
Let’s see how far Dalia will go in Miss Universe 2011. If she deserves to win, then so be it. Otherwise, I would love to see a fab queen take it all in Brazil. 😉