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Miss Universe contestants try to capture flavor of South Florida
Miss Universe contestants try to capture flavor of South Florida

DORAL — They stand out even here in the land of beautiful people. For 18 days, 88 impossibly slender, magnificently coiffed and abundantly tall women from around the world have been ushered from one venue to another in South Florida, smiling for the ever-present cameras. Their sashes hang from the left shoulder, emblazoned with their country. Each contestant in the 63rd annual Miss Universe pageant has her own local fan club — immigrants, journalists and tourists from their native country who follow them from event to event and yell messages of encouragement in their native tongue. On the FIU campus, fans of Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega, gathered in a large group while TV...

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