Mexico’s beauty Jimena Navarrete was crowned Miss Universe 2010 on Monday in a victory that surprised a pageant world which had predicted a winner from Ireland, Venezuela or the United States. The 22-year-old model from Guadalajara said she plans to study nutritional science but has been modeling since she was 15.
She is expected to spend her year as Miss Universe drawing attention to the plight of people with HIV/AIDS and breast cancer, according to pageant officials. Navarrete’s question, which came from Olympic gold medalist skater Evan Lysacek, asked her for her views on what to do about the problem of children using the Internet without proper supervision.
She responded: “I do believe that the Internet is an indispensable, necessary tool for the present time,” and “We must be sure to teach them the values that we learned as a family.”
The judges were satisfied. Former Miss USA judge Alicia Jacobs, seated in the Events Center a row ahead of Miss Universe owner Donald Trump.