Venezuela made history at the Miss Universe 2009 pageant by winning the crown for the second year running. Miss India exited the contest without making it to the top 15.

Eighteen-year-old Stefania Fernandez was crowned Miss Universe 2009 by incumbent crown holder and compatriot Dayana Mendoza, on Sunday night.

She became the sixth Miss Universe from a South American country, known for its obsession with beauty.

Twenty-two-year-old Delhi-based Miss India Ekta Chowdhury made an early exit.

Venezuela has won five Miss Universe titles, five Miss World and four Miss International crowns — more than any other country.

The first runner-up title is shared by Miss Australia Rachael Finch and Miss Puerto Rico Mayra Matos Perez, with the title of second runner-up going to Miss Kosovo Gona Dragusha, reported Los Angeles Times.

Musical performances

The televised event included musical performances by Flo Rida, Heidi Montag, David Guetta and Kelly Rowland.

The hosts were Billy Bush, co-anchor of “Access Hollywood,” and Claudia Jordan, former Miss Rhode Island USA, who has appeared on several television shows. The judges included actor Dean Cain and supermodel Valeria Mazza.

Miss China, Wang Jingyao, was named Miss Congeniality, and Miss Thailand, Chutima Durongdej, won the Miss Photogenic title.