10 August 2009
Mrs Lithuania Vaida Ragenaite Wins Mrs Universe 2009
Mrs Lithuania Vaida Ragenaite is the winner of Mrs Universe 2009 in a pageant that was held in Riga, the capital of Latvia - the home of the outgoing Mrs Universe 2008 Marika Gaderte - last night, August 9.
Joyce Ann Burton of Advetureofabeautyqueen.wordpress.com reported that the news was fed to her by the husband of Mrs Philippines Camilla Kim Galvez who won second runner-up.
First runner-up is Krista Hoeijmans of Belgium. Completing the Top 5 are Mrs Jennifer Cirone of the USA and Heidi Polkki of Finland who were proclaimed 3rd and 4th runners-up respectively.
According to the former Miss Philippines for Miss Universe 1985, Camilla also received two special awards - the Best in Long Gown and Darling of the Press.
Camilla was invited to sing a Latvian song and one Filipino song, 'Sana'y Wala ng Wakas', at the Riga International Music Festival. Her performances wowed the Latvians and she became a instant favourite. This event might helped Camilla get the Darling of the Press award.
18 candidates competed in the pageant according to mrsuniverse2009.lv, the official site.
The other special awards are as follow:
Mrs. European Union – Ana Ivanova of Bulgaria
Mrs. Mother of the Universe – Jayne Taylor of England
Mrs. Photogenic – Evija Indriksone-Nikonorova
Mrs. Famous – Evija Indriksone-Nikonorova
Mrs. Elegance – Elena Sandeva of Macedonia