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Future Connector: Miss Universe

September 1st, 2010
08:00 PM ET

Ximena Navarrete, a name that until August 23rd you wouldn’t recognize - now she is the holder of the title that every young girl dreams of - Miss Universe.

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The 22 year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, surprised the pageant world with her victory with many expecting the winner to emerge from Ireland, Venezuela or the United States.

Dressed in her ruby-red gown she accepted her applause before giving a series of bows to the cheering crowd. The diamond-encrusted tiara atop her head is not her only prize as she will receive a year’s scholarship to a New York film academy and a supply of shoes, clothes and make-up.

Her desire is to help fight HIV/AIDs and breast cancer around the world, she told the judges in the glitzy venue in Las Vegas, which appeared to sit well with Donald Trump, the owner of the Miss universe franchise.

Being the public eye is not new to Ximena, who has been a model since she was 15, but has always wanted to study nutritional science.

Did you see Miss Universe? Do you think the pageant means anything? Would you like to be crowned Miss Universe?

Please leave your questions below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Dilini

    The beauty who wins the crown,,,is lucky and not because she is beautiful,,,,but because of the confidence and the way she present her self and promote her...has to be beast among all the others..
    i watched this show..I liked miss mexico from the beginning. She is amazing. The best among all,,,,,

    Diilin from Sri lanka

    September 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  2. Lorena Elizondo

    Bravo y muchas felicidades Tapatia!

    I want to know if you'll be bridging the gap in the San Diego, CA – Tijuana, Mexico lack of tourism due to the fight with the drug dealers? Now that the Arellano clan has been caught and many are vying for the "capo" position, what can YOU do to help tourism rebound in this now tranquil area? Mexico is receiving a lot of negative publicity due to the war on drugs, but not ALL OF MEXICO should be off limits. Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada are among a few towns that are hurting for tourism to rebound. Can you help? Will you help?

    September 1, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  3. JesusNeedsABreak

    can she recite the 4 basic universal laws?

    September 1, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  4. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Jimena Navarrete Rosete and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Jimena Navarrete Rosete on the following questions:

    – How are you as Miss Universe 2010 make Mexico your birth country a Better Place?

    – How will you as Miss Universe 2010 Improve the lives of young ladies and mothers who are living under poverty line?

    – What can we expect from you in 2010?

    I am awaiting Jimena Navarrete Rosete’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    September 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  5. Frankie

    If only the FINAL QUESTION was only ONE. Back during Bob Barker's time the Ms Universe final question was only one. All the 5 finalist will go to a glass enclosure. This is to gauge who among the finalist has the best answer to the final question. Its not only the beauty that matters but also how she thinks. Suffice it to say, its beauty and brain.

    Nowadays, a question is raise by any judges. It can be a difficult, tricky or an easy question. The other contestant might have a better answer than the other.

    September 1, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  6. Anthony

    How will you use this recognition to make a positive impact in Mexico?

    September 2, 2010 at 1:06 am | Reply
  7. SD Cowell

    Congratulations on winning Miss Universe,
    My comment comes as a question, My Daughter won the Thai Super Model contest back in 2007 just weeks before her 17th birthday. She has a 5 year contract with a local TV network, Plus she appears on local Cat Walks, and Magazine's.
    What advise could you give her too continue with her modelling career.

    We live in Thailand.

    September 2, 2010 at 3:06 am | Reply
  8. Jane

    What is your view on the current immigration law in Arizona and can your position as Miss Universe make a difference and impact on such a large issue here in America?

    Jane from Chicago

    September 2, 2010 at 3:07 am | Reply
  9. cherryman

    Can you tie a cherry stem in a knot with your tongue?

    September 2, 2010 at 3:14 am | Reply
  10. Jeremy

    I would like to ask Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarette of Mexico the same question that was asked to Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Maria Venus Raj of the Philippines: “What is one big mistake that you’ve made in your life and what did you do to make it right?”

    Jeremy from Manila

    September 2, 2010 at 3:43 am | Reply
  11. Dominic A from the Philippines

    What was your biggest mistake and what did you do to resolve it? 🙂

    September 2, 2010 at 5:08 am | Reply

    I think Mexico has been facing severe National Security problems due to drug war. What can you do to help? – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:33 am | Reply
  13. Nino

    Can she answer what biggest mistake she had done and what she did to make it right?

    September 2, 2010 at 7:17 am | Reply
  14. Krishna Desiraju

    Congratulations, you are a winner in all ways! What quality unique to being Mexican will lend grace to your year as Miss Universe?

    September 2, 2010 at 8:12 am | Reply
  15. Dave Horne

    I don't know, we're in the 21st century and we parade women around in various clothes and judge them. It just seems so silly.

    I suppose when a winner of a beauty pageant wins a Nobel Prize I'll be forced to change my mind.

    September 2, 2010 at 8:35 am | Reply
  16. thor

    Don't care. Just wanted to see what she looks like. I'm sure more money will be spent on her than she will affect being spent on AIDS or breast cancer.

    September 2, 2010 at 8:58 am | Reply
  17. lacey

    – how does it feel to win?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:11 am | Reply
  18. Christopher

    The sincere gesture of helping others, which remains, is more beautiful than all the physical beauty in the universe, which is temporary, and therefore the title is well deserved.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:43 am | Reply

    Ximena Navarrette was DEFINITELY the most beautiful and intelligent
    applicant for the title of MISS UNIVERSE

    This is my opinion after following all the phases of the election....

    I shall be so happy to have a chance to meet her...

    Just a dream....



    September 2, 2010 at 10:47 am | Reply
  20. Waclaw Loj

    Ximena, your tittle as Miss Universe gives you anormous power to act worldwide in favour of the world peace, of the peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis too. It is the beauty that enchants people and it is the beauty of each nation that should be the foundation of their mutual relationships. But the beauty is the gift that leads to gratitude and the gratitude is perhaps the beauty itself. Please Ximena, encourage persons and nations to mutual friendship and love based on gratitude. What are persons without other persons and what are nations without other nations? We are all equal and will be beautifull like you, if we are grateful, courageously grateful, principally to God and to all our brothers.The personal gratitude between the persons and between the nations is the most beautiful thing an individual or a nation may show to another individual or another nation. Use your beauty, Ximena, to enchant people and nations and ecourage them to
    mutual and multiple acts of gratitude. The gratitude will make us all happy, truly happy, the gratitude will convert the enemies to true friends. Ximena, I am grateful to God and to Mexican Nation for your beauty. Your friend Waclaw, from Curitiba (Brazil).

    September 2, 2010 at 11:28 am | Reply
  21. stephanie

    she should know how to speak in good english as she's a role model for alot of girls and a woman who crowded miss universe means can be define as miss world as well so she should be very knowledgable, smart and have the capabiltiy to help the needy exp, pakistan flood , china earthquake, and so so not just for her own country, is worldwide.
    + english is an international language should learn to be well spoken and writing in order to help worldwide

    September 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  22. Sumant Joshi


    Congratulations on winning Miss Universe,

    With this award comes the responsibility to be a role model for millions around the world. Be an example for this generation and the next to follow by utlizing your network and reach and charm.

    Millions are sufferring in this world due to conflicts, natural disasters and social abuses. Lend them a hand, give them a hug to cheer them up and uplift them whenever possible.

    This is an opprtunity millions wish for. As you have it, please use it to the fullest to set an example the world need from you.

    A Question: With your capacity as the Miss Universe, how do you think, you will be able to do justice to this title.

    All the best.
    Sumant (Switzerland)

    September 2, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  23. Keira

    I'd like to ask Ms. Universe, when the judges ask a question about a potentially controversial subject (abortion, gay marriage, etc), do you think a contestant should always answer honestly (regardless of backlash) or answer it w/ what you think the judges want to hear?



    September 3, 2010 at 1:56 am | Reply
  24. Driving Lights ·

    Venus Raj have that goddess figure and i think that she has a perfect body *

    November 4, 2010 at 7:28 am | Reply

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