Miss Universe 2009 says her replacement is clear

LAS VEGAS, NV But she said Monday she's keeping her top five picks a secret until after the pageant next week on the Las Vegas Strip.

Fernandez, of Venezuela, won last year at age 18. It was Venezuela's second straight and sixth overall win since the pageant started in 1952.

Fernandez said at a gathering of more than 20 Latina contenders that Hispanic women are always a threat to win because they work hard to prepare and look good.

Each contestant won their national competition to make Miss Universe.

The Aug. 23 pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center will be hosted by rocker Bret Michaels and NBC news correspondent Natalie Morales.

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