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Miss Colombia Takes Miss Universe Crown

Miss Colombia Paulina Vega smiles as the the crown is placed on her head as she becomes Miss Universe during the Miss Universe pageant in Miami, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.

Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is the new Miss Universe, after winning the crown at a glitzy pageant Sunday night outside of Miami.

The 22-year-old Vega beat out runner-up Nia Sanchez of the United States and third place Diana Harkusha from Ukraine.

A total of 88 contestants took part in the contest, which is open to women between 18 and 27 years old who have not been married or had a child.

Vega, who studies business administration at a Bogota university, is the first contestant from Colombia to win since 1958.