Miss Universe 2015 Winner Is Paulina Vega Of Colombia! (VIDEO)
Paulina Vega of Colombia won the 2015 Miss Universe pageant on Sunday. She beat out 87 other contestants from around the world to capture the crown, previously held by Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler. The event aired live from Florida International University, and was hosted by Natalie Morales and Thomas Roberts. Do you agree with this year’s Miss Universe selection?
It was quite an event. Gavin DeGraw, Nick Jonas and Prince Royce gave musical performances. Judges included Manny Pacquiao, Kristin Cavallari, William Levy, Lisa Vanderpump, Louise Roe, Emilio Estefan, Nina Garcia and DeSean Jackson. The 88 contestants were evaluated in swimsuit, evening gown and interview categories. See pictures of each of the women up for Sunday’s honor here. Nia Sanchez, the former Miss Nevada, represented the United States as Miss USA.
Before the live show began, the 88 contestants were whittled down to 15 semi-finalists. Those women were Miss Colombia (Paulina Vega), Miss Italy (Valentina Bonariva), Miss India (Noyonita Lodh), Miss France (Camille Cerf), Miss USA (Nia Sanchez), Miss Indonesia (Elvira Devinamira), Miss Venezuela (Migbelis Castellanos), Miss Spain (Desire Cordero Ferrer), Miss Philippines (Mary Jean Lastimosa), Miss Argentina (Valentina Ferrer), Miss Jamaica (Kaci Fennell), Miss Ukraine (Diana Harkusha), Miss Brazil (Melissa Gurgel), Miss Netherlands (Yasmin Verheijen), and Miss Australia (Tegan Martin).
After the swimsuit competition, the field was narrowed down to 10 contestants. They were Miss Jamaica, Miss Colombia, Miss Ukraine, Miss Argentina, Miss Philippines, Miss Spain, Miss Netherlands, Miss Venezuela, Miss Australia, and Miss USA. Those contestants, however, were cut to five after the evening gown competition, leaving Miss USA, Miss Netherlands, Miss Ukraine, Miss Jamaica, and Miss Colombia.
Before the winner was announced, it was revealed that the fourth runner-up was Miss Jamaica, followed by third runner-up Miss Netherlands. The second runner-up was Miss Ukraine. It was then between Miss Colombia and Miss USA, and the 2105 Miss Universe is Paulina Vega of Colombia. Below is video of Vega being crowned Miss Universe.