Miss Japan won the Miss Universe 2007
A raven-haired Miss Japan, Riyo Mori, was crowned Miss Universe 2007.
Mori, 20, the 56th winner of the title, was given her $250,000 diamond-and-pearl crown by last year’s winner, Zuleyka Rivera of Puerto Rico, watched by a live audience of 10,000 and some 600 million television viewers worldwide.
A lifelong ballet dancer from a village near Mount Fuji, Mori wore a striking black gown with colored lapels for the final. Winning surpassed the ambition of her grandmother, who told her as a child she wanted her to be Miss Japan one day.
She is the second Japanese woman to win the Miss Universe title.