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MEXICO CITY - Riyo Mori, a 20-year-old dancer from Japan who hopes to someday open an international dance school, was crowned Miss Universe 2007 Monday night.

Miss USA Rachel Smith, who slipped and fell to the floor during the evening gown competition, was the contestís fourth runner-up.

Mori nervously grabbed the hands of first runner-up, Natalia Guimaraes of Brazil, just before the winner was announced and then showed her delight as the diamond-and pearl-studded crown was placed on her head.
Mori nervously grabbed the hands of first runner-up, Natalia Guimaraes of Brazil, just before the winner was announced. Then she trembled in awe as the diamond-and pearl-studded crown was placed on her head. 

Mori, from the small town of Shizuoka at the base of Mount Fuji, won the cheers of the Mexico City audience when she opened her interview, saying 'Hola, Mexico!' 

"I learned how to always be happy, be patient and to be positive, and this is what I want to teach to the next generation," she said during the interview competition. 

The daughter of a dance school operator, Mori said her grandmother told her as a child that she wanted her to be Miss Japan before she turned 20. 

"From the very beginning, I entered the competition with high hopes and an unswerving determination to make this dream a reality," she said in a pre-competition interview. 

Also finishing in the top five were second runner-up Ly Jonaitis of Venezuela and third runner-up Honey Lee of Korea. 

The winner travels the world for a year on behalf of charities and pageant sponsors. Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza of Puerto Rico crowned her successor at the end of the two-hour telecast with the headpiece valued at $250,000

"To the next Miss Universe, take advantage of this great opportunity," Rivera said during her parting remarks.
The 15 finalists from a field of 77 contestants were announced early in Monday's show. They were picked last week during preliminary judging in the contest's swimsuit, evening gown and interview 

1st. - Miss Universe 2007 JAPAN

Riyo Mori
Age: 20 - Height: 1.74 m

Statistics for Japan 1952-2006:
Winners: 1
Finalists: 16
Best Placement: WINNER (Akiko Kojima, 1957)
Last time it placed: 2006

What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most? 
Definitely dancing! I have been dancing since I was 4 years old. I still have my first pair of ballet shoes that I keep as a memory of my many years and passion for dancing. I am a very curious person and I love traveling the world, especially seeing musicals and visiting museums. Discovering different cultures and encountering new people are a constant source of inspiration for me and something I try to apply to my own dancing and teaching back in Japan. 

What is your career ambition?
To open my own dance school in Tokyo! My mother runs a successful dance school outside of Tokyo and we plan to expand my family's love for the performing arts by opening an international dance school in Tokyo, the capital of Japan and a crossroads for many cultures. My plan is to hire teachers who speak a number of languages so that I can host students from around the world. Opening my own school will allow me to live and teach my passion for dancing while being an independent businesswoman. 

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was born and raised with my younger brother in a small town called Shizuoka at the base of Mt. Fuji. Shizuoka enjoys a very mild climate and is also near the sea. As nuclear families have become the norm in Japanese society, I feel very fortunate to have been raised by both my parents and grandparents under the same roof. I grew up in a very supportive and loving family, always surrounded by many energetic people since part of my house served as my mother's dance school. Interestingly enough, my mother entered a local beauty pageant when she was in her twenties and, although I didn't pay much attention to it at the time, my maternal grandmother told me when I was a child that she wanted me to become Miss Japan before I turn 20.

What do you want the judges to know about you?
What you see is what you get. Nothing is rehearsed about me. From the very beginning, I entered this competition with high-hopes and an unswerving determination to make this dream a reality.

2nd. Miss Universe 2007 BRAZIL

Natalia Guimaraes
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most? 
I like to travel because I have the opportunity to learn about new cultures, have new experiences and make new friends. 

What is your career ambition?
To be a good professional in architecture, but before that my first goal is to become Miss Universe 2007. That's why I'm doing my best and working on it.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I am an only child, but I grew up very close to my cousins. They were like my brothers and sisters. I lived in the city of Belo Horizonte, one of the biggest cities in Brazil. I spent a normal childhood just like any child of my age.

What do you want the judges to know about you?
I am a very determined person and I am concerned about what is going on in the world today. I try to do my part so we can leave a better world for the next generation.

Miss Universe 2007

March 29, 2007 -  NBC and Paula M. Shugart, President, Miss Universe Organization, announced today that the 56th Annual Miss Universe® Competition will air live from Mexico City, Mexico. The glamorous live event, featuring some of the world's most beautiful women, will air from the National Auditorium (Auditorio Nacional), on NBC and Telemundo on Monday, May 28, 2007 from 9 - 11 p.m. ET.

"Mexico last hosted the competition in 1993 and we are excited to be back for the 2007 show," said Paula M. Shugart. "Mexico offers an abundant supply of breathtaking locations and the warmth of the Mexican people will resonate throughout the world as we showcase the country."

Puerto Rican native, Zuleyka Rivera, Miss Universe® 2006 will crown her successor at the conclusion of the telecast. During her reign, she has traveled the world as an advocate for HIV/AIDS education, research, and legislation. The newly crowned Miss Universe will go on to do the same.

Each contestant from more than 80 countries around the world will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview as they vie for the coveted title of Miss Universe® 2007. In recent years, worldwide distribution of the popular competition has topped more than 170 countries.

Donald J. Trump, Executive Producer and the Gurin Company will again produce Miss Universe® 2007 with veteran television Writer and Executive Producer Phil Gurin at the helm.

The Miss Universe Organization, producers of the MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® competitions, is a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal partnership. Utilizing its global grass roots infrastructure, the Miss Universe Organization is committed to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness by focusing on women's health and reproductive issues. By forging relationships with organizations committed to research and education such as: the Latino Commission on AIDS, Global Health Council and Godís Love We Deliver, Miss Universe is armed to impact women today. - Miss Universe News
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Design by Mikimoto. The official jewelry sponsor of the Miss Universe Organization. 

Kept by the Miss Universe Organization to be used in the crowning of the new Miss Universe every year

Valued at $250,000

800 diamonds, almost 18 carats. 

120 pearls South Sea and Akoya pearls, ranging in size from 3.0 - 18 mm 

Design depicts the phoenix rising, which signifies status, power and beauty 

The Crown was designed specifically for the pageant on Mikimoto Pearl Island in Japan, Mikimoto crown and tiara first used for Miss Universe 2002

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