Miss Universe 2007

Miss Universe 2007, the 56th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 28 May 2007 at the National Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico.[3] Riyo Mori from Japan was crowned by Zuleyka Rivera of Puerto Rico as her successor at the end of the event.[4] This is Japan's only second (and most recent) win at Miss Universe, and the only second time that Asia has won Miss Universe in the 21st century (since India's victory in 2000). 77 contestants competed in this year.[citation needed]

Miss Universe 2007
Date28 May 2007
VenueNational Auditorium, Mexico City, Mexico
Official broadcaster:
WinnerRiyo Mori
CongenialityZhang Ningning
Best National CostumeAgni Pratistha
PhotogenicAnna Theresa Licaros
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Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 2007
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 10
Top 15

Final Scores

Order of announcements


Countries and territories which sent delegates and results for Miss Universe 2007

National costume controversy

  •   Mexico – In April 2007, controversy erupted over the proposed national costume of Rosa María Ojeda, Miss Mexico. The skirt of the costume depicted scenes from the Cristero War, a Roman Catholic rebellion in the 1920s in which thousands of people were killed, including hangings.[6] The outfit included a bullet-studded belt and crucifix necklace.[7] The design was chosen from over thirty others and had been intended to show Mexico's culture and history, but it elicited controversy amid claims it was in poor taste and inappropriate.[6] Pageant owners said that the costume would be redesigned to include image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.[6]


Final telecast

The following celebrities judged the final competition. Christiane Martel was added as a judge the day prior to the final competition.[8]





  •   Mauritius – Melody Selvon was only 16 years old.[citation needed] Rules state that all Miss Universe contestants must be over the age of 18 and Selvon was replaced by first runner-up, Sandra Faro.[citation needed]


Areas of competition

Prior to the final telecast, all contestants competed in swimsuit and evening gown during the preliminary competition. They also participated in interviews with the judges.[citation needed]

During the final competition, the top fifteen contestants (based on their preliminary scores) competed in the swimsuit competition, and the top ten competed in evening gown. The final five contestants participated in a final round of on-stage interviews, before the runners-up were announced and the new Miss Universe named.[citation needed]

This was the first year since 2002 that the judges' average scores were shown on television.[citation needed]

It was the first time since 2001 that the final question posed on the ladies came from the judges. The previous pageants had final questions coming from the current Miss Universe and the delegates participating in the final five themselves.[citation needed]

General references

  • West, Donald (ed.). "Miss Universe 2007". pageantopolis.com. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012.


  1. ^ "3. Agni Pratistha, national costume bertema "Dayak"". Times of Indonesia. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  2. ^ "3. Agni Pratistha, Ini Bikini Putri Indonesia dari Artika Sampai Elvira, Terlalu Seksi?". Tribun Network. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Miss Universe 2007 - Pageant Planet". www.pageantplanet.com. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Miss Universe Japan 2007 - Pageant Planet". www.pageantplanet.com. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  5. ^ Walters, Basil (1 April 2007). "Rastafarians embrace first beauty queen". Jamaica Observer. Archived from the original on 10 May 2007. Retrieved 18 April 2007.
  6. ^ a b c "Miss Mexico 'war gown' toned down". BBC News. 19 April 2007. Retrieved 24 February 2007.
  7. ^ "Miss Mexico's pageant dress kick-starts outrage". El Paso Times. 21 April 2007.
  8. ^ "Vanessa Minnillo and Mario Lopez to Host Miss Universe(R) 2007, Live From the National Auditorium in Mexico City on NBC, Monday, May 28, 9–11 p.m. ET" (Press release). Miss Universe Organization. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2007.
  9. ^ "Latina Fashion Designer, Icel De Jesus Will Participate as International Judge at the Miss Universe Honduras 2007 Pageant" (Press release). Carimaxx Productions. 21 April 2007. Retrieved 21 April 2007.
  10. ^ "Aruni, Lanka's new queen". The Sunday Times. 15 April 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2007.
  11. ^ "No TT beauty for Miss Universe". Trinidad & Tobago's News Day. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2007.

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