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MISS UNIVERSE 2008
With a look that could captivate anyone, and a body to die for, the 22-year-old Venezuelan has got the Miss Universe title under her belt. She's an interior design student and has worked as a professional model, and thanks to her charm, she's like a pro when it comes to interviews.
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At 5'11", the 20-year-old Colombian with caramel-colored skin had the charisma and intelligence to transition from a communications student and expert salsa dancer to a major beauty rival. The first runner up of Miss Universe 2008 speaks Spanish, Italian, English, and a bit of Arab.
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At 21 years of age, this 6-foot beauty was the fourth runner up of this year's contest. This engineer student had many admirers who wanted her to be the second Miss Universe hailing from Mexico. She's appeared on the cover of Asian magazines, and was picked as the contestant with the most beautiful body in the competition.
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She's only 19, but this Panamanian pageant queen of Russian descent caught the experts' eyes. Dementiev won her title on a competitive reality TV show to determine who would be the next Miss Panama.
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MISS PUERTO RICO
INGRID MARIE RIVERA
The beautiful Boricua has loads of experience. Afterall, she did represent the island in Miss Mundo two years ago. She made headlines during a scandal in which she claimed that someone had pepper sprayed her makeup. She's 24, and has a set of gorgeous blue eyes. Her poise and elegance are her strengths, and her goals include a career in acting and writing.
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MISS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
This 23-year-old business student also loves to dance merengue. She's a well-known model in Quisqueya, and in Vietnam they said that her 5' 11" stature would make it impossible for the judges to ignore her. She considers herself an independent woman who likes adventure.
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This cosmetology student works at a clinic in her native country, and has been responsible for a lot of jaw dropping in Vietnam thanks to her killer body. At age 23, she hoped to supersede Natalia Guimaraez, the Brazilian contestant who made it to runner-up in last year's Miss Universe.
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Despite being the oldest one in the competition, the 26-year-old African American with light eyes teaches children with autism, and has made fans fall in love with her thanks to her confidence and intelligence. She's a lover of sports, which is probably why she had the best abs in the pageant. She's an ambitious competitor with great energy--qualities that she undoubtedly gained when she was an Olympic competitor.
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This law and economics student bewitched the experts and proved to be an eligible candidate since she was voted as having one of the best five bodies in the competition, along with Mexico, India, Colombia, and USA. She plans on being a lawyer.
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She may be short of stature, but she has huge presence. With dark hair and eyes, this 18-year-old is a professional model, and has been compared to Pocahontas for her sensuality and simple beauty. She's also had a great walk and a magnetic personality.
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At a mere 22 years of age, and she could have easily rivaled any of the latinas in this competition. With a penetrating look, a well-toned body, and razor-sharp intellect, this candidate hoped to be the third Indian woman to take home a Miss Universe tiara.
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She was the first representative of her country to compete in this contest, and she had all the credentials necessary to take the crown. At 19, this fashion student's got a great sense of humor, sassy spunk, and a fresh face. She dreams of being a singer, and with her big green eyes and luscious lips, she's got an Angelina Jolie essence.
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This business administrator was considered the African participant with the greatest possibility to win the title. At 23, her exotic beauty is matched by her intelligence. She speaks various languages, and she likes to support and participate in her country's social reforms. Her dream is to launch her own fashion line and to build a dance school for children.
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This 21-year-old model has a world of experience as a model. Her blond hair, blue eyes, and winsome charm gained her a spot among the favorites. She dreams of being an actress on the big screen.
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At 21, she was considered the hottest ticket out of all the Asian contestants for a chance to wear that tiara. She speaks several languages, and defines herself as a sensible woman.
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