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And the winner is...

It was high drama at the Miss Venezuela beauty pageant here last night.

Miss Miranda, Marelisa Gibson, the 21-year-old brunette featured in our video, walked away with the top prize.



The four-hour extravaganza featured musical interludes from reggaeton stars such as Daddy Yankee but all the attention was on the girls and their dresses.


From 20 contestants, it was whittled down to 10 who all had to negotiate the tricky questions round.


Poor Miss Distrito Capital froze under the pressure when asked whether it was harder to ask for permission or forgiveness from someone. She had to pass back the microphone to the presenter without giving an answer. I don't think I would have liked that question.


Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008, and Stefania Fernandez, Miss Universe 2009, both made appearances and whipped up some flag waving and nationalistic fervour.


Gibson will be hoping to extend the record they achieved when she represents Venezuela at the Miss Universe contest next year, where she will be going for a third successive crown in a row for Venezuela.