Miss Puerto Rico crowned Miss Universe and fainted

Miss Universe, Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza from Puerto RicoNewly crowned Miss Universe, Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza from Puerto Rico fainted during a news conference just 40 minutes after winning the Miss Universe title.

Rivera appeared to be ok shortly. Pageant officials have addressed that it’s probably the weight of her dress and the heat on stage that caused the Miss Universe to pass out.

Rivera was wearing a dress made entirely of metal chains, and had been standing under hot stage lights for some time in the auditorium, luckily a security guard caught her as she fell.

Rivera, 18, won the title over 85 other contestants. Kurara Chibana of Japan was first runner-up while Lauriane Gillieron of Switzerland was second runner-up.

The 55th Miss Universe pageant contest was held at the Shrine Auditorium near downtown Los Angeles, just 40km away from where the first Miss Universe event was held in Long Beach, California, 1952.

Congrats to Miss Puerto Rico Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza, the newly crowned miss Universe.