Dominican candidate with strong showing at Miss Universe
Santo Domingo.- DominicanRepublic´s Clarissa Molina came close to winning the Miss Universe crown thisyear, with Amelia Vega the only local candidate to win the coveted title.
Pageant host SteveHarvey mistakenly crowned Colombia´s Ariadna Gutiérrez as Miss Universe, andhad to crown Miss Philippines, Pia Alonso minutes after.
In addition to stunningbeauty, Molina showed confidence, fluency in English and figured among the 10 semifinalists.
"This year we havean extraordinary candidate, we are going to fight for the crown," MagalyFebles, owner of the Dominican Republic franchise had said prior to the pageant.