On Monday night, Mexico's 22 year old Jimena Navarette was chosen as the next Miss Universe out of a pool of more than 80 women. Crowned by Miss Universe 2009 winner Stephania Fernandez, Navarette is only the second Miss Mexico to win the
title of Miss Universe. A nutrition student from Guadelajara, this Mexican beauty was all about family values when asked her final question of the night:
"I do believe
that Internet is an indispensable, necessary tool for the present time,"
she said through an interpreter.
"We must be sure to teach them the values that we learned as a family."
And although, I've always thought of pageant shows such as Miss Universe to be cheesy and definitely very shallow to say the least, I can honestly say that the judges made the right decision this year by choosing Navarette over other fan-popular contestants because she proved to be an intelligent and moral person. Already she has been making public appearances and voicing her opinions about issues such as the Arizona immigration laws and social justice in Mexico. I'm proud for her and hope that she can serve as a positive role model for girls in Mexico and around the world.
AP Photo Credit: 2009 Miss Venezuela Universe
crowning Navarette as next Miss Universe