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Miss Universe 2007, the 56th Miss Universe pageant, was won by Riyo Mori of Japanmarker. It took place on May 28, 2007 at the National Auditorium in Mexico Citymarker, Mexicomarker. 77 delegates competed for the title, previously held by Puerto Rico's Zuleyka Rivera.

The pageant was held almost two months prior to when it was held in 2006, although the event had generally been staged between late May and early June since 2001. Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera reigned for little more than ten months, one of the shortest in the history of the title. Contestants began to arrive in Mexico on April 30, 2007 and were to be involved in a number of appearances and events prior to the final competition.

This is the fourth time Mexico has been the host country and the second time Mexico City the host city of the Miss Universe pageant. Mexico first hosted the pageant in Acapulcomarker in 1978. Miss Universe 1989 was then staged in Cancúnmarker and Miss Universe 1993 was held in Mexico Citymarker.

The pageant was co-hosted by Mario Lopez and Vanessa Minnillo, both first-time hosts of the Miss Universe pageant. Minnillo, an Entertainment Tonight correspondent and former Miss Teen USA 1998, previously hosted the Miss Teen USA 2004 pageant. Lopez hosted the Miss Teen USA 1998 pageant (won by Minnillo) and also co-hosted Miss Teen USA 2003.

As Zuleyka Rivera was crowning Riyo Mori with the official Mikimoto crown, it slipped from her grasp and nearly fell to the floor. Mori was able to catch the crown, which is made of diamonds and pearls and is valued at over $250,000.

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.

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.

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

It was also the first time since 2002 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.

Crowd response

Rachel Smith, Miss USA, was booed during and loudly jeered during her final interview. As she answered her question, there were loud shouts of "Mexico! Mexico!", which continued until she answered in Spanish. This followed a similar incident during Miss Universe 1993, when that year's Miss USA, Kenya Moore, was also booed. This may have been due to Miss USA making the top five despite slipping and falling during the evening gown competition, whilst home crowd favourite Mexico did not. It has also been attributed to political issues between the two countries, such as the illegal immigration policy as well as the War On Terror.

Smith had also been booed during the National Costume competition, an open-air event held prior to the final competition where admission was free to the public.



Participating Nations and Results.

Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 2007
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10
Top 15

Final competition scores

Country Swimsuit Evening Gown
Japan 9.599 (1) 8.943 (4)
Brazil 9.560 (2) 9.599 (1)
Venezuela 8.971 (7) 9.510 (2)
Korea 9.458 (3) 9.183 (3)
USA 8.995 (6) 8.754 (5)
Tanzania 9.223 (4) 8.488 (6)
Angola 9.150 (5) 8.363 (7)
Mexico 8.527 (9) 7.850 (8)
India 8.548 (8) 7.825 (9)
Nicaragua 8.171 (10) 7.674 (10)
Slovenia 8.163 (11)
Czech Republic 8.113 (12)
Denmark 7.969 (13)
Thailand 7.940 (14)
Ukraine 7.900 (15)

     First runner-up
     Second runner-up
     Third runner-up
     Fourth runner-up
     Top Ten
     Top 15
(#)  Rank in each round of competition

Special awards


Historical significance

  • In a strong showing not witnessed since Miss Universe 1988, even though not dominating the semifinals such as Europe in 2008 and 2009 with four Asian delegates (Japan, Korea, India, and Thailand) all making it to the final cut, Japan won. The two special awards were also won by delegates of Asian nations (Philippines and China). Of the 125 semi-finalists named in the past ten years, only 14 were from Asia
  • Japan won the pageant for the second time since Akiko Kojima won Japan's first Miss Universe title in 1959.
  • Puerto Rico was first 1st runner-up in 2005 and won in 2006. Japan followed the same trend for 2006-2007.
  • Thailand, Denmarkmarker, Ukrainemarker, India, Brazil and Japan made the cut for the second consecutive year. This was the first time since the 1960s that Denmark and Thailand recorded two consecutive placements.
  • Mexico placed for the 4th consecutive year.
  • USA placed for the 5th consecutive year.
  • Sloveniamarker and Tanzania placed for the first time. This was the first year that Tanzania participated in the pageant, and she also was the first "bald" delegate. Slovenia debuted in 2001.
  • Angolamarker and Nicaraguamarker reached their highest placement in Miss Universe history, 7th and 10th place respectively breaking their previous records.
  • Countries that made the semi-finals after a long period without placement were Nicaraguamarker, which last placed in 1977, and Koreamarker which last placed in 1988.
  • Czech Republicmarker placed for only the 3rd time, it placed in the top 10 in 1993 when it debuted in the pageant and in 2003.
  • Philippines won the Miss Photogenic award for the seventh time (it has won this award three years in a row since 2005).
  • Chinamarker won the Miss Congeniality award for the first time.
  • Russiamarker's entrant Tatiana Kotova became a singer after the show and is now a singer in Russia's most popular female group Nu Virgos.
  • For the first time since the award's inception, no Best National Costume award was given.


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

Background music

  • National Costume Presentation: "Say It Right" by Nelly Furtado
  • Swimsuit Competition: "Wanna Play", "Cariño Mio" and "Money Money" by R.B.D.
  • Evening Gown Competition: "Give It Up To Me" by Sean Paul (featuring Keyshia Cole)

National competitions


  • Tanzania attended the Miss Universe pageant for the first time.
  • Following Montenegrin independence in 2006, Serbia and Montenegro competed as two separate countries for the first time.


  • Cayman Islands, Chile, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Namibia, Northern Marianas, St. Martin, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Sweden, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey and United Kingdom competed in 2006 but not at Miss Universe 2007.
  • Trinidad & Tobago did not send a delegate for the first time in fifteen years, due to a lack of financial support. Kenisha Thom, who represented Trinidad & Tobago in 2006 appealed to the government and businesses to support the pageant, to no avail.
  • Aruni Rajapaksha was expected to represent Sri Lanka in the pageant and was listed as a delegate on the Miss Universe website. On 5 May, her name was removed from the website, and she did not compete at the pageant. However, she went on to compete at Miss Universe 2008 a year later instead.

Returning states and territories

  • Honduras, which last competed in 2002.
  • Barbados, Belize, Curaçao, and Italy which last competed in 2005.

Format changes

Contestant notes

Megan Coleman, Miss South Africa 2006
  • A number of contestants have taken part in other international competitions.
    • Miss Germany Angelina Glass and Miss Norway Kirby Ann Basken are Half-Filipino, as well as the host Vanessa Minillo.
    • Miss Guatemala (Alida Boer) competed in Miss Teen International 2000 where she placed first runner-up, she will also competed at Miss World 2009 in Johannesburgmarker, South Africa on December 12, 2009. Miss Peru (Jimena Elías) competed in the same pageant in 2006, and also placed first runner-up.
    • Miss Belize (Maria Jeffery) is the sister of Miss Universe 1999 delegate, Viola Jeffery. Critics had suggested that Miss Belize would make the top 15 at Miss Universe 2007, but she missed the final cut. Maria went on to win the Miss Costa Maya International 2007 Pageant (held in Belize) three months later.
    • Miss Bolivia (Jessica Jordan Burton) took part in Miss Earth 2006 in Manila. She was not a semi-finalist but placed in the top fifteen in the swimsuit prelimary competition. She won Miss Reina Internacional Del Cafe 2008/Miss International Queen Of Coffee 2008. The pageant was in Colombia.
    • Miss Argentina (Daniela Stucan) competed in Miss World 2000 where she did not place in the finals, and at Miss Earth 2001, where she placed third runner-up.
    • Miss Zambia (Rosemary Chileshe) competed in Miss World 2004 where she did not place in the finals.
    • Miss Norway (Kirby Ann Basken) won the title of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2006, and went on to compete in Miss Intercontinental 2006, representing the Philippines, where she was a semifinalist.
    • Miss Poland (Dorota Gawron) won the Miss Baltic Sea & Scandinavia title in September 2006. The second runner-up was Miss Denmark, Žaklina Šojić. First runner-up Sif Aradóttir represented Icelandmarker at Miss Universe 2006.
    • Miss Costa Rica (Veronica González) won the Reina Mundial del Banano title in 2006.
    • Miss Brazil (Natália Guimarães) won the Top Model of the World 2007 title and competed in Miss Intercontinental 2006, where she was a semifinalist.
    • Miss Angola (Micaela Reis), Miss Spain (Natalia Zabala), Miss Russia (Tatiana Kotova), Miss South Africa (Megan Coleman), Miss France (Rachel Legrain-Trapani) and Miss Lebanon (Nadine Njeim), would later compete at Miss World 2007.
    • Miss Nicaragua (Xiomara Blandino) and Miss Puerto Rico (Uma Blasini) competed in July at Miss Tourism Queen International 2007, both unplaced.
    • Miss Angola (Micaela Reis) participated in the Miss World 2007 and placed as the 1st runner-up.
    • Miss Uruguay (Giannina Silva) was crowned Miss América Latina 2007 just days after Miss Universe 2007 ended. She was, however, later dethroned for undisclosed reasons.
    • Miss Dominican Republic (Massiel Taveras) would go on and win the Reina Hispanoamericana 2007 pageant in Bolivia.
    • Miss Aruba (Carolina Raven) won the Miss Teen International pageant in 1999.
    • Miss China (Zhang Ningning) is Miss Liaoning (China) Universe 2007, the winner of Miss Universe China 2007 Wei Ziya would compete in the Miss Universe 2008 pageant.
    • Miss Jamaica (Zahra Redwood) is the first Rastafarian to represent Jamaica at Miss Universe.
    • Miss Mauritius, Melody Selvon, was represented by first runner-up Sandra Faro, because Melody was only 16 years old. Rules state that all Miss Universe contestants must be over the age of 18.
    • Miss Lebanon Nadine Njeim has the same name as Miss Lebanon 2004 (who competed at Miss Universe 2005). The two are unrelated.

National Costume controversy

  • and : Miss Malaysia National costume's even use of the same clothes from the Dayak that used too by Miss Indonesia Agni Pratistha. Therefore, when the Agni complete fitting clothes, come out words in a forum that states that make the clothing from Indonesia Dayak culture of Malaysia. Because of that forum that supports the Agni, Agni can be expected to explain why Indonesia and Malaysia have a culture that is almost the same. Agni knowledge seems to be asked about the presence of Dayak culture that is long in Indonesia and Malaysia are still one family(Serumpun).
  • : 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. The outfit included a bullet-studded belt and crucifix necklace. 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. Pageant owners said that the costume would be redesigned to include image of the Virgin of Guadalupemarker.

International broadcasting

Like the American-based NBC and Telemundo, same networks in other countries broadcasted live the Miss Universe 2007 pageant in its respective countries:



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