Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez is on top of the world after winning the coveted crown Miss Universe crown. In the process Stefania Fernandez became the sixth Venezuelan to win the title. What's more interesting is Stefania was crowned fellow Venezuelan Dayana Mendoza who won the competition in 2008. It is only the second instance in the 58 years of the pageant that a country had retained the title after Johanna Raunio and Anne Marie Pohtamo of Finland did it in 1954 and 1955.
StefanÍa Fernandez who is of Fernandez who is of Russian, Ukrainian, Galician and Polish origin was born on September 4, 1990 in Merida, Merida State, Venezuela. Stefania won cheers of the audience in both the Swimsuit and Evening Gown categories as part of the selection of the top 15 finalists. There was joy and excitement on her StefanÍa face when she was honoured by the $120,000 crown.
Fernandez had won the Miss Venezuela 2008 title in a pageant held in Caracas, Venezuela where too she was crowned by Dayana Mendoza who had won the Miss Venezuela title a year earlier. She had also won other titles like Miss 'Elegance', 'Best Body' and 'Best Face'. Considered one of the strongest contestants she was confident of taking the crown back to her Venezuela ever since she had come for the pageant.
The 18-year-old Virgo enjoys tennis and swimming as her hobbies. StefanÍa's win means that Venezuela with six title now stands second at the Miss Universe pageants, with USA leading with seven. The American beauties however would not breathe a sigh of relief as it has been 12 years since they have won the Miss Universe.
She also received received a tiara designed by Diamond Nexus Labs; a two-year scholarship from the New York Film Academy worth more than $100,000; an evening wear wardrobe from Carlos Alberto; a shoe collection from Nina Footwear; a six-day/five-night vacation for two at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, access to an event wardrobe from leading fashion designers, a New York City apartment for the year of her reign including living expenses among other gifts.