23 August 2006

Miss Universe 2006 : Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza

An 18-year-old aspiring actress from Puerto Rico, who hopes to someday star in U.S. and Latin American films, has been crowned as Miss Universe 2006.Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza of Puerto Rico shared a nervous emotional hug with first runner-up, Kurara Chibana of Japan moments before the winner was announced, then clasped her hands to her mouth in amazement as she heard her name called Sunday night. She beamed as the crown was placed on her head.
Also finishing in the top five were second runner-up Lauriane Gillieron of Switzerland, third runner-up Lourdes Arevalos of Paraguay, and fourth runner-up Tara Conner of the United States.