Marelisa Gibson, a 20-year-old brunette, has been crowned Miss Venezuela and will represent the beauty-obsessed South American country at next year's Miss Universe pageant.
The annual Miss Venezuela pageant is the one of Venezuela's most watched programs and a source of national pride.
Venezuela has won six Miss Universe, five Miss World and four Miss International crowns — more than any other country.
Stefania Fernandez, a Venezuelan, was selected Miss Universe last month at the pageant in the Bahamas.
Fernandez gave the Miss Venezuela crown to Gibson at the conclusion of Thursday's four-hour pageant.
Second place went to 22-year-old Adriana Visini, who will represent Venezuela in the Miss World pageant.