Albania

Albania’s Cindy Marina finishes in Miss Universe 2019 Top 20 in Atlanta, Georgia

Cindy Marina, 21, of Albania was one of the quarterfinalists in Miss Universe 2019. She finished in the Top 20 of the 68th edition of the international beauty pageant.

The Miss Universe 2019 coronation night took place at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, United States on December 8, 2019. It was hosted by Steve Harvey, 62, with Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, 27, and Vanessa Lachey, 39, as the backstage presenters.

Including Marina, 90 candidates competed for the crown. It was Zozibini Tunzi, 26, of South Africa who became the 68th titleholder of the international beauty pageant.

Catriona Gray, 25, of the Philippines graced the ceremony to crown Tunzi as her successor. The new Miss Universe 2019 queen wore a new crowned made by luxury jeweler Mouawad.

Runner-up to Tunzi was Madison Anderson, 24, Puerto Rico while Sofía Aragón, 25, Mexico was second runner-up. Both Paweensuda Drouin, 26, Thailand and Gabriela Tafur, 24, Colombia finished in the Top 5.

Olga Buława, 28, Poland was voted Miss Congeniality. Gazini Ganados, 23, of the Philippines won the Best in National Costume award.

Four out of the seven members of the all-female jury are from the United States. They were William Morris Endeavor chief marketing officer Bozoma Saint John, 42, Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart, 38, blogger Sazan Hendrix, 30, and Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, 26.

Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori, 32, of Japan was the only Asian member of the jury. Actress Gaby Espino, 43, of Venezuela and Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega, 26, of Colombia also served as judges.

Ally Brooke, 26, performed during the ceremony. It was broadcast on Fox and Telemundo.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA on July 18, 1998 to Albanian parents, Marina was the first ever American-born woman to be crowned Miss Universe Albania. She was named after American model and actress Cindy Crawford, 53.

After attending Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA, Marina transferred to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, USA and played for the USC Trojans women’s volleyball team.

In 2015, Marina joined the women’s national volleyball team of Albania. She was only 17 years old then making her the youngest person to ever play for the country’s national team.

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