A competition that started with controversy over body paint concluded with Jimena Navarrete being named Miss Universe last night.
The Miss Mexico title holder beat out an impressive 82-woman field in Las Vegas, which included Miss USA Rima Fakih. She did not place in the final 15.
Upon taking home the crown, Navarrete made it clear she plans to promote Mexican pride throughout her reign, saying: "I want the whole world to know about my country and my people. I imagine that they're all going crazy in Mexico right now. I'm extremely proud."
The second-ever champion from her native country, Navarrete is a model. She was faced with questions about Arizona's recent immigration law during the pageant and replied afterward:
"Every country has the right to impose and enact their laws. But I tell you that all the Mexicans and the Latins that are living here in the United States are hardworking people - people who want to improve on their quality of life."
See that, Carrie Prejean? Not all contestants speak like third graders when asked questions about current events.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon is clearly proud of his nation's new spokesperson. He said in a statement: "Her triumph is a source of pride and satisfaction for all Mexicans, who see in her the fruits of perseverance.