Miss Universe shines spotlight on South Florida

January 22, 2015 12:00 PM

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Draped in elaborate costumes representing their native lands — including a hockey tribute from Miss Canada complete with sticks and scoreboard — the 88 Miss Universe contestants gave a glimpse this week of Sunday’s pageant, to be broadcast live from Florida International University.

The preliminary competition Wednesday night at FIU’s arena, which featured the women modeling evening gowns and hot pink bikinis, highlighted what Miss Universe promotes: beauty, a coming together of nations and exposure to the host city.

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