[ 2007-05-29 13:53 ]
Japan Riyo Mori is crowned Miss Universe 2007 by 2006 Miss Universe
Zuleyka Rivera during the pageant in Mexico City May 28, 2007.
Riyo Mori, a 20-year-old dancer from Japan who hopes to someday open an
international dance school, was crowned Miss Universe 2007 Monday night. Miss
USA Rachel Smith, who slipped and fell to the floor during the evening gown
competition, was the contest's fourth runner-up.
Mori nervously grabbed
the hands of first runner-up, Natalia Guimaraes of Brazil, just before the
winner was announced and then showed her delight as the diamond-and
pearl-studded crown was placed on her head.
Also finishing in the top five were second runner-up Ly Jonaitis of Venezuela
and third runner-up Honey Lee of Korea.
The winner travels the world for a year on behalf of charities and pageant
sponsors. Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza of Puerto Rico crowned her successor at the end
of the two-hour telecast with the headpiece valued at $250,000.