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This Map Shows Latin American Women Rule Miss Universe

Reigning Miss Universe Gabriela Isler, right, crowns the new Miss Universe, Paulina Vega of Colombia, left, during the Miss U
Reigning Miss Universe Gabriela Isler, right, crowns the new Miss Universe, Paulina Vega of Colombia, left, during the Miss Universe pageant in Miami, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

It's no secret Latin American women are beautiful.

On Sunday, Miss Colombia won the Miss Universe title for the first time in over 50 years. The gorgeous Paulina Vega was facing some tough competition, especially from first runner-up and Miss USA Nia Sanchez. But the South American beauty took home the crown in the end.

But Sunday night's win didn't come as a surprise to those who've followed the pageant over the years. Latin American beauty queens have been consistently crowned since the Miss Universe pageant began in 1952. In fact, over one-third of the total Miss Universe winners come from the region.

Venezuela is especially known for its seven titles, second only to the U.S. who has a total of eight. Puerto Rico follows close behind with five crowns while Mexico, Brazil and now Colombia each have two.

Check out all the Latin American countries and the names of the beauty queens who have won the Miss Universe pageant in the map below:

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BEFORE YOU GO

  • Miss Argentina, Valentina Ferrer
    Miss Universe
  • Miss Bolivia, Claudia Tavel
    Miss Universe
  • Miss Brazil, Melissa Gurgel
    Miss Universe
  • Miss Chile, Hellen Toncio
    Miss Universe
  • Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega
    Miss Universe
  • Miss Costa Rica, Karina Ramos
    Miss Universe
  • Miss Dominican Republic, Kimberly Castillo
    Miss Universe
  • Miss Ecuador, Alejandra Argudo
    Miss Universe
  • Miss El Salvador, Patricia Murillo
    Miss Universe
  • Miss Guatemala, Ana Luisa Montufar
    Miss Universe
  • Miss Honduras, Gabriela Ordoñez
    Miss Univers
  • Miss Mexico, Josselyn A. Garciglia
    Miss Universe
  • Miss Nicaragua, Marline Barberena
    Miss Universe
  • Miss Panama, Yomatsy Hazlewood
    Miss Universe
  • Miss Paraguay, Sally Jara
    Miss Universe
  • Miss Peru, Jimena Espinosa
    Miss Universe
  • Miss Puerto Rico, Gabriela Berrios
    Miss Universe
  • Miss Spain, Desiré Ferrer Cordero
    Miss Universe
  • Miss Uruguay, Johana Riva Garabetian
    Miss Universe
  • Miss USA, Nia Sanchez
    Miss Universe
  • Miss Venezuela, Migbelis Castellanos
    Miss Universe