10 NOV. 2013 MOSCOW, RUSSIA – Celebration started in Venezuela the south American country when their beauty queen A 25-year-old television presenter, Gabriela Isler crowned the Miss Universe for the year 2013, on Saturday.
Judges, including rock star Steven Tyler from Aerosmith, picked the winner from a total of 86 contestants at the show, watched by millions of viewers around the world.
Last year’s winner Olivia Culpo placed a diamond crown on the head of Isler, who wore a silver rhine-stone studded evening dress.
Culpo earlier appeared on stage wearing a white cutaway swimsuit studded with diamonds, rubies and emeralds that the organisers said was worth $1 million.
“That swimsuit travels with an armed security guard 24/7,” commented co-host Thomas Roberts, an American television presenter.
Isler is now set to pose in the same swimsuit on Sunday.
Here are some snapshots of the event where Isler crowned.
Roberts, who co-hosted the final with ex-Spice Girl Melanie Brown, dedicated the show to the people suffering from the typhoon in the Philippines.
“We send our very best, our thoughts. We dedicate tonight’s show to you” he said.
All 86 contestants initially appeared on stage in red and black cocktail dresses. They then changed into red and black bikinis.
The judges then whittled down the contestants to a final 16, who faced off in a bikini round, carrying white fur stoles.
Then the women were narrowed down to a final 10, who strutted on the stage in elaborate sequinned evening gowns.
Host country Russia was eliminated immediately, prompting boos in the audience.
Miss Venezuela, Gabriela Isler taking the title from Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo. Isler, who hails from Maracay, works on Venezuela’s Venevision television, a background that will suit her well for her year-long stint as Miss Universe.