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Peru’s Kelin Rivera finishes in Miss Universe 2019 Top 10 in Atlanta, Georgia

Kelin Poldy Rivera Kroll, 26, of Peru 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 Rivera, 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.

While Rivera was born in Arequipa, Peru on October 1, 1993, she was raised in Oxapampa, Peru. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Lima, Peru.

In 2012, Rivera was Miss Peru 2013 second runner-up. Representing Peru, she did not place in Reina Hispanoamericana in Santa Cruz, Bolivia but she won the Miss Elegance award.

In 2016, Rivera was crowned World Miss University in Beijing, China. In 2017, she became Miss Peru second runner-up again and in 2018, she became Miss Eco International 2018 second runner-up in Cairo, Egypt.

On October 20, 2019, Rivera was crowned Miss Peru 2019 at the Maracaná Event Center in Lima. She is the 19th candidate from Peru to place in Miss Universe.

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