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Kristen Dalton of North Carolina was crowned Miss USA on April 19, 2009, in Las Vegas. She will represent the United States at Miss Universe 2009. According to pageant officials, her mother was Miss North Carolina USA in 1982 and her sister was Miss North Carolina Teen USA in 2008. The first runner-up was Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean, and the second runner-up was Miss Arizona USA, Alicia-Monique Blanco. The third runner-up was Miss Utah USA, Laura Kirilova Chukanov, and the fourth runner-up was Miss Kentucky USA, Maria Elizabeth Montgomery. Others in the top 10 were Chanley Painter of Arkansas, Jessi Pierson of West Virginia, Kristen Motil of Tennessee, Brooke Daniels of Texas and Stephanie Smith of South Carolina. The rest of the top 15 were Monica Mary Pietrzak of Connecticut, Melissa Weber of Idaho, Kimberly Gittings of Georgia, Erica Nego of Minnesota and Maegan Elizabeth Phillips of Virginia. Ms. Pierson was chosen Miss Photogenic USA, from an interactive vote by the public. Cynthia Pate of Wyoming was chosen Miss Congeniality USA by a vote of fellow contestants.

Marigona Dragusha, 18, of Pristina was crowned Miss Universe Kosovo 2009 on April 4, 2009, in Pristina. She will represent Kosovo -- a breakaway province of Serbia which is considered an independent nation by the U.S. and some other countries -- at Miss Universe 2009. She will represent Kosovo in Miss Universe 2009 on August 23 in Nassau, Bahamas.

The Pantaloons Femina Miss India 2009 finals took place in Mumbai on April 5, 2009. Pooja Chopra, 23, was chosen Pantaloons Femina Miss India World 2009. Ekta Choudhury, 22, was chosen Pantaloons Femina Miss India Universe 2009. Shreya Kishore, 22, was chosen Pantaloons Femina Miss India Earth 2009. Finalists were Harshita Saxena, 21, and Ishita Sarkar, 21.

Karen Schwarz, 24, who competed as Miss Amazonas, was crowned Miss Peru Universe 2009 on April 4, 2009. She will represent Peru at Miss Universe 2009. The first runner-up was Jessica Shialer, Miss Ayacucho. The second runner-up was Sofia del Pinho, Miss Ica.

Chutima Durongdej, 23, was crowned Miss Thailand Universe 2009 on March 28, 2009. She comes from London, England, and will represent Thailand at Miss Universe 2009. The first runner-up was Rujinand Panaritum, 19, chosen Miss Earth Thailand. The second runner-up was Ratakorn Sathirabhut, 24, chosen Miss Thailand Tourism International.

Anna Hammel, 21, of Gmunden, who competed as Miss Oberösterreich, was crowned Miss Austria on March 28, 2009. She will represent the country at Miss World 2009. The first runner-up was Konstanze Heis, 18, who competed as first runner-up of Miss Oberösterreich. The second runner-up was Dejana Varadin, 22, who competed as first runner-up to Miss Vienna. The pageant included winners and first runners-up from preliminaries.

Eli Landa, 24, of Stavanger was crowned Miss Norway Universe 2009 on March 28, 2009, by a vote of judges. Sara Skjoldnes, 17, of Skien was chosen Miss Norway World 2009 by a vote of the audience.

Following are the official results for Miss Teen Kentucky- World and Miss Kentucky US International, held March 28, 2009: Miss Teen Kentucky-World -- Shannen Bria Reil (Miss Teen Paintsville); first runner-up -- Samantha Hundley (Miss Teen Louisville); second runner-up -- Lauren Dale Rose (Miss Teen Fayette County); Miss Congeniality -- Lauren Dale Rose (Miss Teen Fayette County); Spirit Award -- Amy Elizabeth Correll (Miss Teen Somerset; Academic Achievement -- Allie Katherine Eberly (Miss Teen Pulaski County); Cover Miss -- Allie Katherine Eberly (Miss Teen Pulaski County; Miss Teen Photogenic -- Shannen Bria Reil (Miss Teen Paintsville); Miss Pre Teen Kentucky-World, Jaryn Alexa Noble (Miss Pre Teen Richmond); Photogenic award -- Jaryn Alexa Noble (Miss Pre Teen Richmond); Miss Kentucky-US International, Jesslyn Brianne Long (Miss Lexington); first runner-up -- Kassidy Rae Dees (Miss Fayette County); second runner-up -- Tabbitha Gilpin (Miss Richmond); Miss Photogenic -- Brittany Chantel Noe (Miss Thoroughbred).

Adi Rodnitzki, 19, was crowned Miss Israel 2009 (Israel's Queen of Beauty) on March 18, 2009. The first runner-up (Israel's Maiden of Beauty) was Yulia Liubianitzki, 20. The second runner-up (Israel's Queen of Grace) was Noy Michaelov, 23. The third runner-up (Israel's Teen Queen) was Adaya Zeidman, 22.

The 63rd Annual Miss Iraq pageant was concluded on March 17, 2009. Zeena Zahawi, a 23-year-old model and fashion design student from Baghdad, won the event, earning the right to represent Iraq as the first Iraqi delegate ever in Miss World 2009 in South Africa. Iraq's Maiden of Beauty was Aure Arnulf, 22, of Baghdad who works in public relations. She will represent Iraq at Miss Earth. Iraq's Queen of Grace was Galit Sharabani, while Iraq's Teen Queen was Sandra Sassoon. The Audience Favorite Award went to Corina Moshe Haim. The finalists were Corina Moshe Haim and Alina Shohet. The delegates competed in swimsuits, and then 10 semifinalists were selected from a group of 20. Evening gowns followed, and the number was trimmed to six finalists who then had to answer questions from the judges, and finally the winners were announced. Miss Teen Iraq 2009, Yael Zeki Shlomo, also competed but did not place. Talat Model Management produced the pageant for the fourth year in a row and will now offer the winner a unique opportunity to travel and speak for women's rights. Miss Iraq 2009 will be a spokesperson for women, defending them against abuse and domestic violence.

Antonia Petrova, 24, of Pernik was crowned Miss Bulgaria 2009 on March 16, 2009, in Sofia. She will represent her country in Miss World 2009. The first runner-up, who will compete in Miss Universe 2009, was Elitsa Lubenova. The second runner-up was Ruslana Kaneva, and the third runner-up was Polina Gergusheva.

Sandra Vinces, 18, was crowned Miss Ecuador 2009 on March 13, 2009. She will represent her country at Miss Universe 2009. The first runner-up, crowned Miss Ecuador World, was Gabriella Ulloa. The second runner-up, crowned Miss Ecuador International, was Isabella Chiriboga. The third runner-up was Diana Sanchez, and the fourth runner-up was Yuliana Delgado.

Diana Arno, 25, was crowned Miss Estonia on March 13, 2009. She will represent Estonia in Miss Universe 2009 in Bahamas. The first runner-up was Sille Liissi Eving, and the second runner-up was Julia Lindvall.

Sofia Rudieva, 18, of St. Petersburg was crowned Miss Russia 2009 on March 7, 2009. She will compete in Miss World 2009 and Miss Universe 2009. Svetlana Stepankovskaya, 23, of Krasnodar was the first runner-up, and the second runner-up was Ksenia Shipilova of Kochma. The winners were crowned by the reigning Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza, who was a judge at the pageant, and by the reigning Miss World, Ksenia Sukhinova, who is Russian.

Indiana Sánchez, 21, of Managua was crowned Miss Nicaragua 2009 on March 7, 2009. The first runner-up was Slilma Ulloa, 23, and the second runner-up was Maritza Rivas, 21.

Marie-Ann Umali, 22, was crowned Miss Philippines World on March 7, 2009. Bianca Manalo, 22, was crowned Miss Philippines Universe. Melody Gersbach, 23, was crowned Miss Philippines International.

Essi Pöysti, 21, of Jyväskylä was crowned Miss Suomi (Miss Finland) 2009 on March 1, 2009. She will represent Finland in Miss Universe 2009. The first runner-up was Elsi Suolanen, 19, of Helsinki, and the second runner-up was Linda Wikstedt, 19, of Helsinki. Ms. Wikstedt is the reigning Miss Finland World and competed in Miss World 2008.

Sarah Cosic, 20, of Split was crowned Miss Croatia Universe 2009 on Feb. 28, 2009. The first runner-up was Katarina Banic, and the second runner-up was Tamara Neferanovic.

Germany's "Miss Galaxy," representing the same organization that until recently held Germany's Miss Universe franchise, was crowned on Feb. 28, 2009, in Cologne. The winner was Lena Gohou, 19, of Mannheim. The first runner-up was Melissa Mehra of Berlin, and the second runner-up was Amanda Waldeck of Schwetzingen. As of now there is no German franchise for Miss Universe.

The Česká Miss 2009 finals took place in Prague on Feb. 28, 2009. The winner was Iveta Lutovská, 25. She will represent the Czech Republic at Miss Universe 2009. The first runner-up was 18-year-old Tereza Budková. She will go to Miss Earth 2009. The second runner-up was 18-year-old Zina Šťovíčková. She will go to Miss Intercontinental 2009. Ms. Lutovská was Miss Model of the World in 2007.

Amaris Acosta of the Bronx, N.Y., has been named Miss New York Galaxy and will represent her state at the 2010 Miss Galaxy International Pageant in July 2009 in Tampa, Fla. This marks the second International competition for Miss Acosta, who previously represented the United States in the Caraibes Hibiscus International Pageant, placing as a semi-finalist.

In late February 2009, for the first time in its 56-year history, Westwood College crowned Mr. and Miss Westwood College at the Atlanta Northlake Campus. The students competed in a runway-style pageant that required them to model casual wear and then change into a business-style ensemble. The catch to the pageant was the requirement for each student to keep on one predominant article of clothing. Sandi Ross was crowned Miss Westwood College 2009. Deonte Kennebrew was crowned Mr. Westwood College 2009. Rounding out the winners' circle were Carlisa Clarke, Miss Vogue and Ricky Clemmons, Mr. Esquire. These students will represent Westwood College in the metropolitan Atlanta professional and academic arena. The event was produced by Reginald Lewis, director of Career Development Services. Atlanta Falcons cheerleader Kierra Anderson and Erika Isaac, a business office manager, were the mistresses of ceremony, as were Danica Tisdale, Miss Georgia 2004 and an Emory University Ph.D. candidate; Tiffany Davis, Miss Georgia State University 2003 and Atlanta editor for Daily Candy Magazine.

Jamillette Gaxiola, a Cuban-born U.S. resident who formerly resided in Mexico, has been chosen to represent Cuba at Miss Earth. She is a former Mexican pageant competitor.

Kristina Koz-Gotlieb, 25, was crowned Miss Ukraine Universe on Feb. 19, 2009, in Kiev. She will represent the country at Miss Universe 2009. The first runner-up was Antonina Papernaya, 18, and the second runner-up was Anna Lapenko, 20. The third runner-up was Ekaterina Antonenko, 20, and the fourth runner-up was Katerina Vetchinkina. The reigning Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza, attended the pageant.

Doris Schmidts, 20, of Karlsruhe, competing as Miss Baden-Württemberg, was crowned Miss Germany 2009 on Feb. 13, 2009. This pageant does not send contestants to international competitions. The first runner-up was Maria Ishutova, Miss Nordrhein-Westfalen, and the second runner-up was Kristina Rohder, Miss Bayern.

Katie Stam, Miss Indiana, was crowned Miss America on Jan. 24, 2009, in Las Vegas. The first runner-up was Miss Georgia, Chasity Hardman. The second runner-up was Miss Iowa, Olivia Myers.

Yael Zeki Shlomo, 19, was crowned Miss Teen Iraq 2009 on Jan. 16, 2000 in Zanzibar, Tanzania, beating 16 contestants. She will compete in Miss Iraq on March 13, 2009, in Nineveh, Iraq. The first runner-up was Salwa Al Reyes, the second runner-up was Umaya Ahmed, the third runner-up was Nisreen Mouawiya and the fourth runner-up was Perry Han Nouman. Ms. Shlomo was a crowd favorite, according to the pageant organizer. She won in swimsuit and evening gown and did extremely well during the final question & answer round. When a judge asked, "If you were to win tonight [and] your boyfriend wanted you to step down, what would you do?" she replied, "I would dump the boyfriend."

Catiane Fredrez, 19, a law student and model from the city of Sao Marcos, Brazil, has been crowned Miss World Rio Grande do Sul 2009. She will join other 39 beauties from across the country when she competes in the Miss World Brazil pageant in June 2009.

Zeynep Sever, 19, of Molenbeek was crowned Miss Belgium 2009 on Dec. 23, 2009. She is of Turkish origin and competed in Miss Turkey 2007. She will represent Belgium in Miss Universe 2009 and Miss World 2009. The first runner-up was Cassandra d`Ermilio, 21, and the second runner-up was Michelle Thissen, 20. Other finalists were Larissa Vastapane and Debbie Vaes.

Nelsa Alves, 21, of Luanda was crowned Miss Angola on Dec. 19, 2008. She will represent Angola in Miss Universe 2009. The first runner-up was Jercinda da Silva, and the second runner-up was Vilma Leonardo.

Tatum Keshwar, 24, of Durban was crowned Miss South Africa on Dec. 15, 2008. She will represent South Africa in Miss Universe 2009 and Miss World 2009. The first runner-up was Anja van Zyl, and the second runner-up was Buyisiwe Shongwe. The other finalists were Cara Burger and Michelle Gildenhuys.

Kseniya Sukhinova of Russia was crowned Miss World on Dec. 13, 2009, in Johannesburg, South Africa. She also won the contest's top model award. The first runner-up was Miss India, Parvathy Omankuttan, and the second runner-up was Miss Trinidad and Tobago, Gabrielle Walcott.

Marcus Vehma, 27, of Berlin was chosen Mister Deutschland 2009 on Dec. 6, 2008. He will compete in Miss Mister World 2009.

Sorene Maratita, 18, was crowned Miss Marianas Universe 2008 on Nov. 28, 2008. She will represent the islands in Miss Universe 2009 and Miss International 2009.

Diana Nille, 20, of Walferdingen won the title of Miss Luxembourg 2009 on Dec. 6, 2008. She is a student of English literature and acting at Royal Holloway University in London. She is expected to represent Luxembourg in MIss Universe 2009 and Miss World 2009. The first runner-up was Sihem Talbi, 20, and the second runner-up was Sabrina Meyer, 20.

Miss France 2009 is 19-year old Chloe Mortaud, 19, who competed as Miss Albigeois-Midi-Pyrenees. She was crowned on the last weekend of November 2009. The first runner-up was Camille Cheyere, Miss Lorraine, and the second runner-up was Elodie Martineau, Miss Pays de Loire. The third runner-up was Esthel Nee, Miss Mayotte, and the fourth runner-up was Bianca Taillard, Miss Bretagne.

After two years of placing as fourth runner-up, Stephanie Smith, 21, of Goose Creek captured the Miss South Carolina USA title on Nov. 22, 2008. A working hair stylist and make-up artist now studying hospitality and tourism, Ms. Smith took the title after two nights of competition at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, which featured 39 beautiful Palmetto State ladies. Mary Helen Caver, 18, of North Augusta won the Miss South Carolina Teen USA title on the same stage and night from a field of 57 contestants. Both winners took preliminary swimsuit honors from a separate panel of judges scoring on preliminary night. Miss Photogenic awards went to Katie Ann Patterson in the Teen division and Brittany Price in the Miss division. PNB is grateful for this report from pageant emcee par excellence Dr. Dana Rosengard.

Michelle Rouillard, 22, who competed as Miss Cauca, was crowned Miss Colombia 2008 on Nov. 17, 2008. She is a business student in Canada and will now represent Colombia in Miss Universe 2009. The first runner-up was Miss Choco, Lina Mosquera, who will go on to compete at Miss International 2009.

Ashanta Mafalda Macauly, 23, was crowned Miss Curaçao 2009 in Willemstad on Nov. 22, 2008. The first runner-up was Angenie Simons, and the second runner-up was Fabina Martis.

Olga Nikitina was crowned Miss Kazakhstan on Nov. 22, 2008. She will represent her country at Miss Universe 2009 and Miss World 2009.

Kristen Dalton, 21, of Wilmington was crowned Miss North Carolina USA on Nov. 15, 2008, in High Point. The blond beauty bested a field of 42 contestants. Her mother, Jennie Boger Dalton, was Miss North Carolina USA 1982. Kristen’s sister Julia was giving up her title as Miss North Carolina Teen USA as her big sister captured the Miss crown after two nights of competition. The new Miss North Carolina Teen USA is Scarlett Howell of Ansonville. Miss USA 2005, Chelsea Cooley-Altman of North Carolina, was among the featured guests onstage with long-time master of ceremonies Dr. Dana Rosengard, who very kindly filed this report for PNB.

Amanda Erwin, a University of Georgia senior, has been crowned Miss Lake Lanier 2009 in Gainesville, Ga. She also won the swimsuit and interview awards and will compete at Miss Georgia (America) in June 2009. The first runner-up was Briana Jewett, who also won the talent award and is also a University of Georgia student. The second runner-up was Veronica Rohrmosser, also a University of Georgia student. The People's Choice award went to Cortney Ralston, yet another University of Georgia student.

Cristina Carmago, 23, of Colombia won the 2008 Miss Intercontinental Final in the last week of October 2008 in Poland. The winners of the continent titles were: Vanessa Guimaraes of Brazil -- Miss Intercontinental Americas; Yakovina Liubou of Belarus -- Miss Intercontinental Europe: Lilian Lee of Singapore -- Miss Intercontinental Asia Pacific; Florelisa de Jesus of the Dominican Republic -- Miss Intercontinental Caribbean; Sophia Marie of the Seychelles -- Miss Intercontinental Africa. Khatuna Skhirtladze of Georgia was honored for Best National Costume, Kristina Palianova of Ukraine was named Miss Photogenic and Aneta Sychrova of the Czech Republic was honored for Best Body. The winner of Miss Congeniality was Peerada Kajornmalee of Thailand.

In her fourth try for the crown, Lacey Minchew of Baton Rouge has been crowned Miss Louisiana USA. The film actress took the title at the Heymann Performing Arts Theater in Lafayette in a “Top Model”-themed show beautifully choreographed by Dr. Donald Campbell of Atlanta. Alexandra Lewis of Lafayette was her first runner-up as well as the “Get Wet” preliminary swimsuit winner. Lauren Edwards of Baton Rouge took Miss Photogenic honors, while Morgan Murray of Westlake was named Miss Congeniality. On the same evening and stage, Brittany Guidry of Houma was named Miss Louisiana Teen USA. Her first runner-up was Kristen Girault of Metairie, also winner of the Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality awards. The “Get Wet” preliminary swimsuit winner in the Teen division was Mallory Cramer of Baton Rouge. Dr. Dana Rosengard served as master of ceremonies once again this year and Miss Louisiana USA 1978 Tauny Hanes was among the many returning titleholders helping to present awards at the end of the two-night affair. Dr. Rosengard, an accomplished emcee and longtime friend of PNB, provided this report.

Talat Model Management has announced that Yosra Kadret has been fired as Miss Iraq has be fired due to what was described as a failure to live up to the organization's standards. She reigned from June 3, 2008, to Oct. 24, 2008. Jessica Kadoorie, the original first runner-up to Miss Iraq 2008, will serve in a caretaker role and crown the next winner but will not hold the title because of contractual conflicts involving her modeling work.

Miss Teen World Bahamas, Darronique Young has been crowned Miss Teen Mundial (Teen World) 2008. It is the third victory in a row for the Bahamas.

Geisy Hernandez has been replaced as Miss Cuba for Miss Earth because of difficulty in obtaining travel documents to the pageant in Manila, Philippines. She has been replaced by Jessica Silva.

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