The Miss Universe 2010 winner last night came from Mexico. It was a slight surprise that the Miss Universe 2010 winner was Miss Mexico, since odds favored a few others to win. In particular, Venus Raj from the Philippines had the most buzz going into last night’s show, while the oddsmakers favored Rozanna Purcell from Ireland. What’s more, Venezuela’s Marelisa Gibson was out to give her nation a third-straight victory. Nevertheless, the Miss Universe 2010 winner from Mexico, Jimena Navarrete, foiled all of the frontrunners.
Jimena Navarrete was the first contestant questioned in the interview stage, and eventually became the last young woman standing. The 22-year-old from Mexico prevailed in the finals over Jamaica’s Yendi Phillips and Australia’s Jestina Campbell.
The Miss Universe 2010 winner represented Mexico with a one-strap red gown, and a violet bikini during the swimsuit competition. She stressed the importance of family values in her question-and-answer period, as well as the importance of the Internet.
Navarrete became the second woman from Mexico to win the competition, after Lupita Jones won in 1991. The Miss Universe 2010 winner was considered one of the favorites, but not as the top choice.
Before the ceremony, the Philippines’ Venus Raj had the most Internet buzz, and got the highest ratings on the official pageant website. Raj had a 3.55 rating going into the night, while Navarrete had a 2.74. In addition, Ireland’s Rozanna Purcell was declared the Miss Universe 2010 winner by bookies, as she went off as a 9-2 favorite.
However, Raj finished just shy of the top three and came in fourth, while Purcell only made it to the top 10. As for Marelisa Gibson, she did not make the top 15, eliminating Venezuela’s three-peat hopes early. The USA was also knocked out right away, as Rima Fakih did not make the top 15 as well.
With the Miss Universe 2010 winner announced, Mexico and Navarrete will get to hold the famed tiara for a whole year. Latin and South American countries have been dominating the pageant recently, as this is the region’s sixth victory of the decade. Meanwhile, it has been over a decade since the USA held the crown.
Things were relatively peaceful leading up to the show, as no Carrie Prejean-like scandals or nude photo controversies overshadowed the action. Of course, although that was the case before the Miss Universe 2010 winner was declared, things can always get controversial after a pageant, as Prejean can attest. Nevertheless, Mexico and Navarrete are not concerned about that right now.
Huffington Post- “Miss Universe 2010 Winner: Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete Takes Home The Crown (PHOTOS)”
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CBS News- “Miss Universe 2010: Oddsmakers Predict Miss Ireland Will Take the Tiara”
India Today- “Miss Universe 2010: Top 5 announced, Miss India out of race”