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Stefanía Fernández

Stefanía Fernández Krupij (born September 4, 1990, in Mérida, Venezuela) is the reigning Miss Universe 2009.

Fernández is of Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish origin; she practices tennis and swimming. Her mother is Nadia Krupij Holojad and her father is Carlos Fernández, who was kidnapped in 2005 in the Venezuelan state of Barinas for five days.

Fernández won the Miss Venezuela 2008 title in a pageant held in Caracas on September 10, 2008. She was crowned by the outgoing titleholder, Dayana Mendoza, Miss Venezuela 2007 and Miss Universe 2008 Fernández also won the "Miss Elegance", "Best Body" and "Best Face", titles. She became the second Miss Trujillo to win that title since the Miss Venezuela pageant first began in 1952. The first was Bárbara Palacios, Miss Venezuela 1986 and Miss Universe 1986.

Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza, also from Venezuela, crowned her as Miss Universe 2009 on August 23, 2009, in Nassau, Bahamas. This marks the first time in Miss Universe history the same country won the crown in consecutive years. Her prize package includes cash, a year contract promoting Miss Universe, world travel, a rent-free, prestigious New York City luxury apartment and a gift bag stuffed with designer shoes, dresses and beauty products, a US$100,000 stipend for a two-year course at the New York Film Academy and free access to famous fashion houses and beauty parlors. Fernández will spend her year-long reign traveling the world to lecture on humanitarian issues and to promote education regarding HIV/AIDS.