Birta Abiba Þórhallsdóttir, 19, of Iceland was one of the semifinalists in Miss Universe 2019. She finished in the Top 10 of the 68th edition of the international beauty pageant.
Hosted by Steve Harvey, 62, the Miss Universe 2019 coronation night took place at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, United States on December 8, 2019. Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, 27, and Vanessa Lachey, 39, served as the backstage presenters.
Including Þórhallsdóttir, 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 Landspitali University Hospital in Reykjavik, Iceland on January 9, 1999, Þórhallsdóttir attended Lágafellsskóli in Mosfellsbær and Menntaskólinn við Sund in Reykjavík. She was crowned Miss Universe Iceland 2019 at Hljómahöllin in Reykjanesbær, Iceland on August 31, 2019.
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The amount of love I felt, not only from my @missuniverse sisters but you all through this journy is something I will never be able to express my gratitude for. I hope my adventure has shown that no matter who you are you can achieve anything you always have people around you that care ♥️