While Paulina Vega began her initial day as Miss Universe with an talk on Univision’s Despierta America after usually an hour of sleep, her internal Colombia distinguished Vega’s feat with a inhabitant holiday Monday — shutting businesses and holding to a streets, dancing to normal Cumbia music.
The merrymaking began shortly after Vega, who hails from a pier city of Barranquilla on Colombia’s Gulf Coast, was crowned Miss Universe on Florida International University’s theatre Sunday night.
“They are going crazy,” Vega pronounced to throngs of general media Sunday after holding a $300,000 topaz- and sapphire-studded crown. Outside a Trump National Doral dozens gathered, holding flags, chanting and banging and floating into sound makers to a early morning hours.
“For Colombian residents of South Florida, a choosing of Miss Colombia as a new Miss Universe is a acknowledgment of a people’s talent and beauty,’’ pronounced Colombian consul Marta Jaramillo. “The Colombian village is happy and beholden to Paulina.”
On Monday, Vega’s smiling face was splashed on a covers of Colombian newspapers thoughout a country.
“Miss Universe is from Barranquilla!” was a pretension in her hometown journal La Libertad.
Colombian boss Juan Manuel Santos, who is in France this week, told a Associated Press that “this demonstrates that in Colombia we have women who are intelligent, industrious and perseverant in a face of obstacles.”
“They’re also really pretty,” he said.
While Vega’s win is large news in Colombia — that has not won a Miss Universe given 1958 — internal officials contend carrying a manifestation during FIU and a contestants staying in Doral was a win for a city and surrounding areas.
“I consider that if you’re going to put a dollar volume on a courtesy a city was given, and all a certain publicity, we only can’t calculate it,” pronounced Doral Councilwoman Ana Maria Rodriguez. “It was phenomenal. Priceless.”
In a press discussion late Sunday night, Donald Trump, co-owner with NBC Universal of a Miss Universe pageant, touted Doral and a Miami area as a horde and pronounced it was a contender for subsequent year’s extravaganza.
“We have about 18 places that wish it,” pronounced Trump, observant Beijing, China, could be a subsequent host.
For some-more than 3 weeks, a pageant’s 88 contestants called Trump National Doral home, as they explored internal attractions, seemed in parades and competed for a 63rd annual Miss Universe title.
Throughout a three-hour prolonged uncover Sunday, that was aired on NBC and Telemundo51, snippets from their stay and information about Doral flashed on a shade giving broadside to a city only west of Miami International Airport.
“I don’t even consider we were prepared for a asset of people wanting to learn about a city,” pronounced Rodriguez, who attended a event. “The telecast done everybody feel like: ‘Where’s Doral? Where is this place? How do we get there?’ And that was a initial desire; it was to move certain bearing to a city. It was phenomenal.”
In a U.S. alone, 7.6 million viewers tuned in, adult 102 percent over final year, according to a Nielsen overnight ratings. It was a most-watched Miss Universe given 2006 and was a most-watched module Sunday night for adults between 18-49, a desired promotion group. Trump announced Sunday night a manifestation will now be aired for during slightest 5 years on Univision instead of Telemundo.
At a press discussion after a broadcast, Trump focused on Vega, job her a “star.”
“She is an extraordinary beauty,” he said.
In an talk with Colombia’s Caracol Radio, Vega’s father, Rodolfo Vega, pronounced he hoped his daughter would be means to revisit Colombia shortly to applaud her triumph.
“I’m really happy to give this present to Barranquilla and Colombia,” he said. “Let a Colombians suffer it – her family is really happy. I’m really proud.”
While it’s not transparent what Vega — who as a leader receives an undisclosed salary, an unit in New York, a habit and beauty products, among other prizes — will be tasked with during her year as Miss Universe, Trump had some difference of advice: “She has to sojourn grounded.”
Miami Herald staff writers Madeleine Marr, Monique O. Madan, Howard Cohen and Jim Wyss, from Colombia; el Nuevo Herald contributor Sergio N. Candido and a Associated Press contributed to this report.