Miss Colombia Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe 2014 on Sunday (Jan. 25) night in Miami. The 22-year-old beat our 87 other contestants from around the world to take home the crown at the 63rd annual pageant.
Vega is currently a student studying business administration and comes from a large family; she has eight brothers and sisters. Although she has been a model since age 8, the pageants leading up to Miss Universe were the first beauty contests she ever participated in.
The big show was hosted by “Today’s” Natalie Morales and featured a three-song medley by Nick Jonas, along with additional performances by Gavin DeGraw and Prince Royce. Kristin Cavallari, Emilio Estefan, Nina Garcia, DeSean Jackson, William Levy, Manny Pacquiao, Louise Roe and Lisa Vanderpump made up the judging panel.
Miss USA Nia Sanchez and Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha were the first and second runners-up, while Miss Netherlands Yasmin Yerheijen and Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell rounded out the Top 5.
Other fun facts about Vega include the fact she sleeps with her eyes open and loves impromptu dance parties.