Venezuelan Stefania Fernandez crowned Miss Universe

Venezuelan Stefania Fernandez was crowned the new Miss Universe here after she was selected from among young women from 83 countries.

Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez (left) is crowned Miss Universe 2009

The official decision was made at the Atlantis Resort by a 12-person judging panel that included Andre Leon Talley, the editor-at-large for American Vogue, actor Dean Cain and supermodel Valeria Mazza.

The main event Sunday was hosted by Celebrity Apprentice star Claudia Jordan and Access Hollywood co-anchor Billy Bush, and included performances by rapper Flo Rida, singers David Guetta and Kelly Rowland and reality star Heidi Montag.

Fernandez, 18, inherited the Miss Universe crown from another Venezuelan, Dayana Mendoza, who won the competition in 2008.

AFP

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