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Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe

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MIAMI (AP) — Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe at the pageant in Miami, beating out contestants from 88 other countries.

Miss USA Nia Sanchez of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha were the runners-up during Sunday’s competition in Miami.

Vega is from Barranquilla, Colombia and is studying business administration. She said the contests leading to Miss Universe were the first she’d participated in and will be her last as she’s eager to return to her studies in business administration.

The 22-year-old is the granddaughter of a legendary tenor, Gastón Vega.

Earlier this week she said, “It will be a dream come true to represent the woman of today. A woman that not only care about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person.”