Miss Universe 2015: And the Winner Is....

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Here she is, folks, Miss Universe!

Following an intense edition of this 2015 competition, Miss Colombia Paulina Vega used her beauty, talents and intelligence on Sunday evening to beat out Miss USA Nia Sanchez for the iconic crown.

Paulina Vega Picture

"I believe that my country has been an example to be followed for the rest of the countries," Vega told the crowd during the vital Q&A session, adding:

"We are persevering people…and we continue fighting. Today, we are world leaders in many different parts."

Vega also earned points from the judges when she was asked about what females could learn from males.

"I believe there are still men that do believe in equality," she said via a translator. "I believe that's what women should learn from men."

Miss Universe opened with 88 women, with the field quickly whittled to 15 beauties.

From there, five more were cut, leaving 10 to strut their fabulous finalist stuff in an evening gown.

Oh, and Nick Jonas took center stage to perform a medley of his hits, including "Chains," going right up to serenade Olivia Culpo at one point. Fun times!

And congrats to Paulina Vega!!!!

And you, too, Nia. Second place is nothing to be ashamed of.

NOTE: Vega, 22, hails from Barranquilla. She is currently a business administration major at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota.

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