Sunday, August 16, 2009

miss universe 1997

It was thought that this year a record number of pageant delegates would be reached but unfortunate drop outs blew away the record breaking feat. The pageant ended up with 74 delegates. At the end of the night, preliminary favorites Marena Bencomo of Venezuela, Verna Vasquez of Curacao and Panama's Lia Victoria Borrero nor controversial Miss Italy, Denny Mendez (the first Miss Italy of color) were shut out by the wit and intelligence of USA's Brook 
Mahealani Lee.

1st runner-up Marena Jpsefina Bencomo 
2nd runner-up Margot Rita Bourgeois 
Verna Angela Maria Vasquez CURACAO
Denny Mendez ITALY
Lia Victoria Borrero González PANAMA
Kristiina Heinmets ESTONIA
Nafisa Joseph INDIA
Ana Rosa Brito Suárez PUERTO RICO
Victoria Lagerstrom SWEDEN


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