Miss Universe 2010 crowned a new beauty queen in Las Vegas Monday evening: 22-year-old Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete. According to the Los Angeles Times, the stunning brunette took home the crown after competing against 81 other beauties from around the world. But, in the end, the field was narrowed to 15, and as they named off the final five, it came down to Yendi Phillips of Jamaica and Jimena Navarrete of Mexico, with the nutrition student from Guadalajara walking away with the crown.
Navarrete is the first Miss Mexico winner of the crown since Lupita Jones — the first Miss Mexico to ever win — won in 1991. Since then, the Miss Mexico contestants were said to be cursed, some going so far as to say that Jones simply wanted to remain the only Miss Mexico to ever win. But Jimena Navarrete scoffed at any such curse, telling Celestrellas before the Miss Universe 2010 Pageant that Lupita Jones was now the president of the Miss Mexico Organization, helping and molding contestants.
Navarrete told Celestrellas that she didn’t feel that she was different from other contestants in the Pageant and didn’t feel as if she might have any advantage.
“It is just a question of being lucky,” she said. “It is about having judges from all over the world liking you or not. Beauty contests depend on subjective decisions, I believe. So, what I will do is to give 100% of myself to the contest, remain calm, let people see my inner force and enjoy the moment. Those are my weapons to conquer the crown for my country.”
When asked who she thought would be her stiffest competition, she said she hadn’t met them all, so she was a bit uncertain. “But,” she added, “I think that Latinas are always the strongest, because we have that spice, strength and sense of fun that girls from other regions don’t have. Any Latina is a good rival.”
When it came down to the Final Five, however, Miss Mexico didn’t face one single Latina. She faced Miss Philippines, Miss Australia, Miss Jamaica, and Miss Ukraine.
She said that, besides beauty, she would need some luck to win the Miss Universe 2010 contest: “We Mexicans need luck.”
Her answer during the interview portion may have added to her “luck” somewhat. When asked about unsupervised Internet use for younger people, she said (through an interpreter): “We must be sure to teach them the values that we learned as a family.”
Luck, beauty, intelligence, carriage, charisma — whatever the various components, they all added up to Miss Mexico coming out the winner, with Miss Universe 2009, Venezuela’s Stefania Fernandez, handing over her crown to the new Miss Universe.
Where did Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih place? She finished somewhere in that vast field of contestants, because she was not chosen as one of the Final 15.
The contest was held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and shown live on NBC Television. NBC’s Natalie Morales and rocker Bret Michaels, winner of “Celebrity Apprentice 3,” hosted the event.
“Miss Universe 2010 Pageant,” NBC Television