CaribWorldNews, LAS VEGAS, Nevada, Tues. Aug. 24, 2010: Miss Jamaica Universe, Yendi Phillips, last night made history, becoming the lone black contestant to secure a top spot in the Miss Universe 2010 pageant – a chance that allowed her to move on to win the first runner-up title.
Phillips shone in a sea of white faces, where most of the top chosen picks looked largely like a template. She rocked the swimwear and evening gown competition, her confidence shining through. But it was her answer to the question on death penalty that surely shot her into the top two spots.
Smiling, Phillips, the girlfriend of top Jamaican athlete Asafa Powell, who also had made the top 10 in the Miss World Pageant, said only the creator has the right to take another human life as he is the only one who created life.
Miss Mexico was crowned Miss Universe 2010, ensuring that for the second consecutive year, a Latina wears the crown. Last year`s winner was Miss Venezuela.
Miss Puerto Rico was the other Caribbean national to secure a position in the top 15 and 10 spots but did not make the top 5. Miss Phillipines was named the fourth runner-up, Miss Ukraine, the third runner-up and Miss Australia, the second runner-up.
Miss Thailand took home two awards even though she never made the top 15. She was voted Miss Photogenic and also won for Best Costume while Miss Australia was named Miss Congeniality.
Surprisingly, neither Miss Trinidad and Tobago nor Haiti, both favorites, did not make the top 15.