Twenty-two-year-old Miss Colombia, Pauline Vega, who started modelling when she was 8, steals the crown from Miss USA.

A 22-year-old business student and model from Barranquilla, Colombia, was named Miss Universe on Jan 25 at the annual beauty pageant, beating out 87 other contestants from around the globe.

Paulina Vega, the granddaughter of tenor Gaston Vega, studies business administration at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota and has been a model since she was eight years old, according to the pageant’s website.

Vega triumphed over first runner-up, Miss USA Nia Sanchez, a 4th degree black belt in tae kwon do from Las Vegas, Nevada, who won the US title in June 2014. Contestants from the Netherlands, Jamaica and Ukraine rounded out the five finalists at the 63rd annual pageant, which was broadcast on NBC from Florida International University in Miami.

Vega is the fourth woman from South America to win the pageant in the past seven years, with contestants from Venezuela taking the title last year as well as in 2007 and 2008. – Reuters

Paulina Vega, from Colombia, takes the Miss Universe 2015 crown on Jan 25 in Miami, Florida.