Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete, of Guadalajara, beat out 88 other women from six continents at the 59th annual pageant held in Las Vegas, broadcast live on NBC.
Miss Jamaica Yendi Philipps took second place, Miss Australia Jenista Campbell took third, Miss Ukraine Anna Poslavska got fourth, and Miss Philippines Venus Raj–the projected favorite coming into the competition–took fifth place.
Navarrete was the top scoring competitor in the evening gown component of the competition, and was the second-highest scorer in the swimsuit portion.
udges asked Navarrete about the effect that the Internet has on young people and she said it is an indispensable tool
Miss USA Rima Faikh, the first Muslim-American person to win the Miss USA competition, did not make it to the final round.
Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez won the Miss Universe 2009 contest.