Miss Universe 2009 says her replacement is clear

Ushoshi Sengupta, Miss India 2010, poses in her national costume at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Monday, August 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Petit/Miss Universe Organization LP, LLLP)

August 17, 2010 11:20:06 AM PDT
Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernandez says it's clear in her mind who'll replace her as the world's top beauty queen. 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.