Miss Colombia Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe 2014 in the 63rd edition of the competition on Sunday night in Miami, USA. She won the pageant after competing with 88 contestants.
The beauty queen became the first Miss Universe from Colombia since Luz Marina Zuluaga in 1958. She is also the first contestant to wear the newly-designed crown, created by Diamonds International Corporation (DIC).
According to tradition, Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler from Venezuela crowned the new winner. Meanwhile, Miss USA Nia Sanchez was named the first runner-up and Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha was announced as the second runner-up.
Since 1952, the beauty pageant has been one of the most popular competitions worldwide. Along with Miss World and Miss Earth, Miss Universe is one of the three major beauty pageants.
Below is the list of the Miss Universe winners over the last 20 years. Also check out the slideshow above.
2014: Paulina Vega, Colombia
2013: Gabriela Isler, Venezuela
2012: Olivia Culpo, USA
2011: Leila Lopes, Angola
2010: Jimena Navarrete, Mexico
2009: Stefania Fernandez, Venezuela
2008: Dayana Mendoza, Venezuela
2007: Riyo Mori, Japan
2006: Zuleyka Rivera, Puerto Rican
2005: Natalie Glebova, Canada
2004: Jennifer Hawkins, Australia
2003: Amelia Vega, Dominican Republic
2002: Justine Pasek, Panama
2001: Denise M. Quinones, Puerto Rico
2000: Lara Dutta, India
1999: Mpule Kwelagobe, Botswana
1998: Wendy Fitzwilliam, Trinidad and Tobago
1997: Brook Lee, USA
1996: Alicia Machado, Venezuela
1995: Chelsi Smith, USA
1994: Sushmita Sen, India