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Stefanía Fernández Krupij* (born September 4, 1990) is a Venezuelan beauty pageant titleholder, humanitarian, Guinness record holder and political activist who participated in the 2014 Venezuela Protests, and was awarded Miss Venezuela 2008 as well as Miss Universe 2009 titles. Fernández is also the face of Avon Products, and was listed among the 50 Most Beautiful People list by People en Español. She has participated in many humanitarian activities, including fighting for AIDs awareness and fighting against human rights violations. Fernández also earned a Guinness record by becoming the first Miss Universe winner who was crowned by a compatriot. Fernández crowned the representatives from India, Russia, Brazil, Bahamas and many, many more countries.
Biography & Personal Life[change | change source]
Stefanía is just in her twenties. She is 178 centimeters tall, and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Birth & Ancestry[change | change source]
Stefanía was born on Tuesday, September 4, 1990, in Mérida, Venezuela, to Nadia Krupij Holojad and José Luis Fernández. She is of Ukrainian, Spanish (Galician), Russian and Polish origin. Her Ukrainian maternal grandfather immigrated from the Soviet Union during the period of Communist rule.
Marriage[change | change source]
Stefanía lives in Bogota, Colombia with her husband, Bernardo Ausaje, an investor, who she wedded in Cartagena, Colombia, on May 6, 2017.
Political Activism & Bravery[change | change source]
Stefanía has participated in political protest, and humane causes. During her time as Miss Universe, she traveled to many countries to spread AIDs awareness and participated in the 2014 Venezuela revolts.
Miss Trujilo 2008 and Miss Venezuela 2008[change | change source]
Stefanía 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. She was also awarded "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 and also the second Miss Trujillo to win Miss Universe. The first was Bárbara Palacios, Miss Venezuela 1986 and Miss Universe 1986.
Miss Universe 2009[change | change source]
Miss Universe 2008, Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza (also from Venezuela) received the honor of crowning eighteen-year-old Stefanía as Miss Universe 2009 on August 23, 2009, in Nassau, Bahamas, making Stefanía the first Miss Universe crowned by a compatriot. Stefanía was also recognized as among the 50 Most Beautiful People list by People en Español and in March 2010, officially became the face of Avon Products.
Historical Signficance[change | change source]
Compatriot[change | change source]
This marked the first time in Miss Universe history the same country won the crown two years in a row.
Young Age[change | change source]
Stefánia was very young, just eighteen at the time of her crowning. There has been no Miss Universe younger at the time of her crowning than Stefánia since her own crowning in 2009!
Guiness Record[change | change source]
In 2009, Stefanía was awarded a Guiness Record for being the first Miss Universe crowned by a compatriot.
Travelling Worldwide[change | change source]
Stefanía has travelled to several countries to spread AIDs Awareness (for more information, see the section below entitled AIDs awareness activism).
In November 2009, she traveled again to Indonesia, specifically to the Bali island, when she filmed a commercial of vitamins. On her return to New York, she was in a press conference about HIV, in which she appeared with Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and with recognised Venezuelan fashion designer Carolina Herrera. On 5 November 2009, she served as a presenter at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, United States, sharing with Puerto Rican salsa singer Víctor Manuelle. At her second presentation in Venezuela, specifically in the Plaza de Toros Monumental de Maracaibo, where there was a crowd of 15,000 people, they gave a recognition (Orchid Award) to Stefanía at Orchid Festival of Chinita Fair. 
She also traveled to Cannes, France, on 9 December 2009, for the Five Star Diamond awards, with Miss USA Kristen Dalton, and to Willemstad, Curaçao and Barquisimeto, Venezuela, as well, in early January 2010, for the Procesión de la Divina Pastora (Procession of the Holy Shepherdess). Stefanía travelled to Puerto Rico in February 2010 to host Levántate, a Telemundo TV show; then travelled to New York, where she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show!
Crowning Indonesian representative for Miss Universe[change | change source]
In October 2009, Stefanía travelled to Jakarta, Bandung and Medan, in Indonesia, where she crowned the Indonesian representative for the Miss Universe 2009 pageant...
Face of Avon Products[change | change source]
In March 2010, nineteen-year-old Stefanía officially became the face of Avon Products.
Crowning other Representatives[change | change source]
In September, March, and April 2010, she travelled to Moscow, Russia; São Paulo, Brazil; Mumbai, India; Nassau, Bahama; Caracas, Venezuela; and Prague, Czech Republic, where she crowned the respective representatives of those countries for the Miss Universe 2010 pageant! She then flew to Colombia (she was invited to promote the Kimberly-Clark brand), Panama (where she served as a presenter for Sony), and to Puerto Rico again, for the Puerto Rico Open.
AIDS awareness activism[change | change source]
Fernández announced she planned to spend her year-long reign as Miss Universe traveling the world raising awareness on humanitarian issues and promoting education regarding HIV/AIDS. Keeping this promise, during her reign, Stefanía traveled to Indonesia, Curaçao, France, Puerto Rico, Russia, Colombia, Panama, the Czech Republic, the Bahamas, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, India, Spain, Rwanda, Venezuela, Argentina, and Ecuador for Aids Awareness Tour In 2010. Hugo Chávez, president of Venezuela, thanked her, giving her the support of him as well as his government for this noble act of unselfishness.
Conflict with the government of Venezuela[change | change source]
Flag Incident[change | change source]
On August 23, 2010, Stefanía, still just a teenager, passed her crown to Ximena Navarrete (Miss Mexico). During her final catwalk, she opened a flag of Venezula with only seven stars. The Venezuelan parliament (the National Assembly) had voted a modification of the flag from seven to eight stars in 2006; former President Chávez had favored this decision. The display of the old flag was seen by Investor's Business Daily as a protest against the new policies of Chávez.
Participation In 2014 Venezuelan Protests[change | change source]
During the 2014 Venezuelan protests, Stefanía participated in the "Your Voice is Your Power" campaign, fighting against violence, human rights violations and the censorship of media in Venezuela.
Awards[change | change source]
- 2009: Guinness record (for being the first Miss Universe winner who was crowned by a fellow member of her country).
Titles & Other Recognition[change | change source]
Pageant Titles[change | change source]
Miss Trujilo (2008)[change | change source]
Miss Venezuela (2008)[change | change source]
Miss Universe (2009)[change | change source]
In 2009, young Stefanía received the honour to be crowned Miss Universe. She was the first Miss Universe crowned by a compatriot (Dayana Mendoza, Miss Venezuela 2007 and Miss Universe 2008).
Other Representation[change | change source]
Stefanía is the face of Avon Products. She was accurately listed as among the 50 Most Beautiful People list by People en Español, a Spanish-language magazine.
References[change | change source]
- Most consecutive wins of the Miss Universe contest. Community.guinnessworldrecords.com (2009-09-30).
- La región: Los abuelos gallegos de Miss Universo 'emocionados'
- "Miss Trujillo Stefanía Fernández fue electa Miss Venezuela. 2008". El Universal. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
- Miss Trujillo Stefanía Fernández fue electa Miss Venezuela 2008. El Universal. Wednesday, 10 September 2008
- "Venezuelan Stefania Fernandez crowned Miss Universe". The Telegraph. 2009-08-24. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
- "Stefanía Fernández". Wikipedia. 2020-03-09.
Other websites[change | change source]
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- Miss Universe Official website
- Miss Venezuela Official website
Video[change | change source]
Below is a video of young Stefanía being crowned as Miss Universe 2009.
Footnote Regarding Naming Customs[change | change source]
*please note that this article uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Fernández and the second or maternal family name is Krupij.