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Ximena Navarrete

Ximena Navarrete is one of the most respected celebrity in Mexico, especially after winning the Miss Universe 2010 beauty pageant. She was crowned Nuestra Belleza Jalisco on July 16, 2009 in her hometown, and subsequently won the national title of Nuestra Belleza México as well, besting thirty-three other contestants during the 16th edition of that event, held September 20, 2009 in Mérida, Yucatán. That night, Ms. Navarrete became the second consecutive winner from Jalisco, following Karla Carrillo, the outgoing titleholder and a close friend who encouraged her to participate in the pageant.

On August 23, 2010, Ms. Navarrete (then known as "Jimena") was named Miss Universe, making her the second Mexican to win the title after Lupita Jones in 1991. Coincidentally, both were crowned in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In October 2010, she traveled to Shanghai, China for the 2010 World Expo and Shanghai Fashion Week. On February 10, 2011, she became the spokesperson of L'Oreal Paris and Old Navy. She had her first official photo shoot in Mexico. In March 2011, she traveled to Moscow, Russia and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to attend the national finals respectively. She then traveled to Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Golf Open. She also traveled to Panama to work with Aid for AIDS and attended the Thai national final at Bangkok, Thailand on March 26, 2011.

In May 2011, Ms. Navarrete traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico, her hometown, to raise awareness for Children International, a U.S.-based humanitarian organization helping over 12,000 poor children there. In July 2011, she attended the Chilean national final at Santiago, Chile. She also traveled to the Atlantis Paradise Island, The Bahamas to help crown Miss Teen USA on July 16, 2011. During her reign, she went to Spain, multiple trips in Mexico, Indonesia, China, France, India, Russia, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, Thailand, Brazil, Guatemala, Chile and Bahamas in addition to numerous trips around the USA.

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