Into the role of Miss Universe 2006, and heading the international cartel of the Miss (with members Earth, World and International later this year), Miss Puerto Rico, Zuleyka Jerris Rivera Mendoza. Installed as the 55th bearer of the crown.
Marking the return of Puerto Rico as the nationality of the defender, having held it four times previous, its Rivera's turn to hold the universe in check after the ceremonial passing from last year's Miss Universe, Natalie Glebova.
Collapsing at a post-pageant news conference, the Puerto Rican was not overwhelmed by the ongoing conflict of flying shells in the Middle East between Israel and Lebanon. Nor of the shrinking footprint made by the tigers and big cats of the world.
Momentary downfall of the 18-year-old instead the result of the heat and heavy beading of her tight gown.
Written on Monday, 24 July 2006