Stefanía Fernández, Miss Venezuela, Is Crowned Miss Universe 2009

Miss Universe 2009, the 58th Miss Universe pageant, was held at the Atlantis Paradise Island, in Nassau, Bahamas on August 23, 2009.

It made history when an outgoing queen crowned her successor from the same country; Stefanía Fernández, Miss Venezuela, was crowned Miss Universe 2009 by outgoing titleholder Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela. 83 countries and territories competed for the title and the pageant was broadcasted live on NBC and Telemundo.

The presentation show, rehearsals, dress rehearsal and the grand final took place at the Imperial Ballroom, in the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort.

In August 1, 2009, Bolivian officials stated that it could present a legal appeal to the organizers of Miss Universe due to the planned use of a typical Diablada costume by the Peruvian candidate Karen Schwarz. Pablo Groux, Bolivian minister of Culture, said that any use of the costume by Schwarz in the pageant would be an unlawful appropriation of Bolivian heritage and has threatened to bring the case to the International Court of Justice. El Comercio, a Peruvian newspaper, has mentioned that this is not the first time the diablada costume was shown in the contest and that it was María Josefa Isensee, a Chilean, that first used it in the Miss Universe contest. Peruvian foreign minister José Antonio García Belaúnde said that since the diablada dress is of indigenous Aymara origin it can not be considered exclusive to any of the countries where Aymaras live.