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Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega, was crowned the winner at the finale for the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant! The 22-year-old Colombian beauty beat out 87 contestants from around the world to snag the crown, including first runner-up Nia Sanchez, 24, from the United States.

Vega was all smiles as she was crowned, but some in the crowd weren't happy with the judges' decision to put Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell as the fourth-runner up. A portion of the crowd audibly booed when the ranking was announced.

After the announcement, Fennell's name began trending on Twitter along with the hashtag #MissJamaicaShouldHaveWon. Many of her fans believe that her unconventional look and answers to the questions might have had a hand in her low rankings.

Fennell said, "I don't have long tresses like everyone else, I'm just representing myself and that's what beauty pageants are all about . . .'You don't have to look a certain way ... and I feel like I represent that." 


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Speaking of the Q&A portion of the competition, the new Miss Universe Vega was asked an extremely sexist question - and we love how she responded. 

Vega was asked what she thinks women can learn from men, and she said, "I believe there's still men that do believe in equality... I believe that's what women should learn from men." 

Here are somethings you should know about the new Miss Universe...


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1. She's intelligent! Vega is studying business administration at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota. Earlier in the competition, she said "It will be a dream come true to represent the woman of today. A woman that not only cares about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person."

2. She is from a big family. Vega is one of 8 children. 

3. She is the granddaughter of legendary tenor Gastón Vega and Elvira Castillo, who was Miss Atlántico 1953.

4. Vega doesn't plan to continue doing any pageants, instead saying that she is eager to return to her studies.

Congratulations to Vega and to all the other incredible, inspiring women who competed. 

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