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Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete crowned Miss Universe 2010

The 22-year-old Navarrete grabbed the title after beating out contestants from more than 80 countries and territories around the world.

Miss Mexico, Jimena Navarrete, was crowned Miss Universe 2010 Monday night at the pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

The 22-year-old Navarrete grabbed the title after beating out contestants from more than 80 countries and territories around the world.

After winning the much-desired title, Navarrete has become the second Miss Universe from Mexico after Lupita Jones won the title in 1991.

Vegas big pageant
Throughout the two-hour finale, the beauties from different countries competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and personality interview.

Hosted by rocker Bret Michaels and NBC correspondent Natalie Morales, the big event, Miss Universe 2010, took place on Aug. 23, at the Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas.

Navarrete and her fellow contestants introduced themselves while wearing over-the-top national costumes. They then danced in silver and black dresses for the show's opening number before the last 15 finalists were announced.

After winning the much-desired title, Navarrete has become the second Miss Universe from Mexico after Lupita Jones won the title in 1991.

The competition
After showing off their well-built figures in swimsuits, elegant evening gowns, the selected pageant contestants had a quick thinking interview with the panel of nine celebrity judges that included Evan Lysacek, an Olympic gold medalist skater, actresses Jane Seymour and Chynna Phillips; actors Chazz Palminteri and William Baldwin; magician Criss Angel; MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall; drummer Sheila E.; and supermodel Niki Taylor.

The beauties from countries Ireland, Albania, Phillipines, Jamaica, Mexico, Ukraine, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Guatemala and Australia were selected to the Top 10, which further trimmed down to the Top 5 countries, including Mexico, Australia, Jamaica, Ukraine and Philippines.

Miss Mexico takes crown
After a tight competition, Jimena Navarrete from Guadalajara was crowned the Miss Universe 2010, reports the Associated Press.

The brunette beauty, who earlier strutted across the stage in a violet bikini, claimed the diamond-encrusted tiara after donning a flowing ruby-red evening gown and telling an audience that it's important to teach kids family values.

During the competition’s Q&A, Judge Evan Lysacek, an Olympic gold medalist skater, asked Navarrete for her views on unsupervised internet use, to which the beauty queen responded, "I do believe that the Internet is an indispensable, necessary tool for the present time."

However, she insisted, "We must be sure to teach them the values that we learned as a family."

Navarrete, the first Mexican winner of the contest since 1991, was crowed by last year's winner, Stefania Fernandez who represented the country Venezuela.

What she won?
Besides her new sash and sparkling tiara, she won a package of prizes including a year-long scholarship to the New York Film Academy, a luxury New York apartment with living expenses, an undisclosed salary, and will also receive clothing, jewelry, shoes and other gifts.

As Miss Universe, Navarette will also get the chance to take part in raising awareness about the global problems and also charitable work.

The runner-ups
The pageant's first runner-up was Miss Jamaica, Yendi Phillipps, while in second place was Jesinta Campbell, Miss Australia.

Miss USA Rimah Fakih, a 24-year-old Lebanese immigrant from Dearborn, Mich., did not get through to the last 15.

Mexican President congratulates Navarrete
According to the AP report, soon after Navarrete’s triumph she was congratulated on Twitter by Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife, Margarita Zavala.

"Congratulations to Jimena Navarrete for her deserved victory as Miss Universe," Calderon tweeted. "This will serve Mexico, (and) our image as a country."