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How Amelia Vega first got her chance at fame

Amelia Vega’s life changed forever when she won the Miss Universe contest in Panama in 2003. While the Dominican Republic had never won the contest, from day one she appeared a very strong contender, and a clear winner. Only 18 years old at the time, her natural charm, her smile, long legs and unexpected ease with words conquered all. Miss Universe organizer Donald Trump went on to name her as his favorite Miss Universe ever. In 2003, she also won the National Costume competition.

The winner announcement


The final question at Miss Universe


The evening competition


Best costume


Swim suit competition


The opening walk