The euphoria has died down.
A new Miss Universe has been named.
No use sourgraping over the results.
The drought for the Philippines continues, but I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to Bianca Manalo for giving her absolute best in representing us in the Bahamas.
There will be always next year to look forward to and other pageants to blog about.
Congratulations are in order for Stefania Fernandez of Venezuela for achieving the almost impossible – i.e., winning the Miss Universe title for her country back-to-back with her predecessor, Dayana Mendoza. If that is not enough, the 18 year-old multi-racial teenager from Merida gets the honor of being the first to wear the newly-designed and globally-chosen “Peace” crown.
Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza, of Venezuela, right, places the Miss Universe 2009 crown on Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez.
Congratulations as well to Osmel Sousa (President of the Miss Venezuela Organization) who is definitely on Cloud 9 singing hallelujah. And I am honestly happy for him because he is reaping the rewards of his hard-earned efforts in bringing back Venezuelan beauties to the forefront of the international pageant arena, and in the process, producing the 6th Miss Universe crown for his country.
Osmel Sousa (President of Miss Venezuela Organization) is at the latest peak of his career.
At the end of the day, I’d sum up everything in these statements:
The business and politics of beauty pageants is not without its (many) flaws.
Gone are the years when the search for traditional beauty starts and ends in spreading peace and goodwill among nations.
Fierce is the word, and if fierce you are not, then you can only pray that lady luck stays on your side when the elusive crown is up for grabs once more. If you’re as fierce and as lucky as these Venezuelans, though, be proud and grateful while hoping that the winning streak lasts long.