Miss Universe 2013: Gabriela Isler of Venezuela is Crowned (Video)

Monday, 11 Nov 2013 10:15 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Gabriela Isler of Venezuela took the Miss Universe 2013 crown Saturday, beating out 85 other contestants from around the world.

An estimated 1 billion people from 190 countries tuned in to see Isler, a 25-year-old anchor with Venezuela's Venevision TV channel, take the top spot from the reigning Miss Universe 2012, American Olivia Culpo. The pageant was held at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia.

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Isler, who is now Venezuela's third Miss Universe winner in six years, dazzled in a silver, long-sleeved evening gown and red swimsuit.

"I have a lot of emotions. I can't describe all the things that I feel at this moment because I'm shaking," the beauty queen, whose full name is Maria Gabriela de Jesus Isler Morales, told reporters after being crowned. "I'm still in shock. I feel so blessed, so happy to be here."

Celebrity judges included chef Nobu Matsuhisa, gold medal figure skater Tara Lipinski, and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts and former Spice Girl and "America's Got Talent" judge Melanie Brown co-hosted the pageant, which is owned by real estate tycoon Donald Trump.

Bravo's Andy Cohen, who is openly gay, was originally scheduled to co-host the Miss Universe telecast, according to the Los Angeles Times, but he backed out citing Russia's law banning "homosexual propaganda."  

He was replaced with Roberts, who is also gay but didn’t seem to have a problem being in Russia.

"I certainly think that discriminatory laws are just that, discriminatory and they marginalize the LGBT community," Roberts told Agence France-Presse on the red carpet. "I empathize with the LGBT people here."

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