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Puerto Rico’s Madison Anderson is Miss Universe 2019 first runner-up

Madison Anderson, 24, of Puerto Rico almost won Miss Universe 2019. She was the first runner-up 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 Anderson, 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.

Sofía Aragón, 25, Mexico was second runner-up. Both Paweensuda Drouin, 26, Thailand and Gabriela Tafur, 24, Colombia finished in the Top 5.

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.

“Social media has empowered people to express their beliefs but sometimes those beliefs are intolerant and dangerous,” Harvey told Anderson in the Top 3 question and answer portion. “Should social media platforms respect free speech or regulate what people post?”

“I most definitely believe that social media can be a positive aspect in our lives,” Anderson answered. “We can share information, knowledge. However, it can be used in the wrong hands and spear negativity and harm many people so I believe that social media should identify the people that are spearheading negativity and harming people’s self-esteem, and make sure that they are not abusing the system, such as social media. Thank you.”

In the Top 3 question and answer portion, Tunzi, Anderson and Aragon answered the same question. Harvey asked, “What is the most important thing we should teach young girls today?”

“There’s so many things that I would love to teach young girls if I have the opportunity to be the next Miss Universe, such as in a world where so many people wear masks, it’s such a beautiful thing to see an authentic soul, to embrace your uniqueness, to embrace who you are,” Anderson answered. “You just don’t know who you can inspire just by being you, so celebrate that. Thank you.”

For the final statement, this was what Anderson said:

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