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Venezuelan crowned Miss Universe

A 25-year-old Venezuelan television presenter, Gabriela Isler, on Saturday was crowned Miss Universe in Moscow in a glittering ceremony.
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 of the United States placed a diamond crown on the head of Isler, who wore a silver rhine-stone studded evening dress. Isler’s triumph was the seventh Miss Universe win for Venezuela, where beauty pageants are a source of national pride.
After the show, she beamed and waved to journalists, wearing the Miss Universe sash and standing next to the show’s owner, US tycoon Donald Trump. “I have a lot of emotions. I can’t describe all the things that I feel at this moment because I’m shaking,” she said.
“I’m still in shock. I feel so blessed, so happy to be here.” Isler, whose full name is Maria Gabriela de Jesus Isler Morales, appears on Venezuela’s Venevision television.
Isler is now set to pose on Sunday in a specially created jewelled swimsuit that the organisers said was worth USD 1 million.
The previous Miss Universe, Culpo, earlier appeared on stage wearing the white cutaway swimsuit studded with diamonds, rubies and emeralds. The decision to stage the show in Moscow has sparked debate over Russia’s new law banning “homosexual propaganda”, a measure that prompted the original US co-host to pull out.

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