Miss Indonesia Zivanna Letisha Siregar won the online poll of more than 50,000 who voted for their favorite contestants in the Miss Universe pageant, which ran over the weekend in the Bahamas.
But it was Venezuelan Stefania Fernandez who walked away with the coveted crown on Sunday after she was selected from 83 young women representing various countries.
Many Indonesians, hopes raised by the online showing, reacted in disbelief when the 12 judges overlooked Zivanna, not even selecting her as one of 15 finalists.
“Why oh why Zivanna Letisha Siregar from Indonesia didn’t even make it to top 15??? She should’ve been crowned Miss Universe 2009!!” wrote stellaaprilia on Twitter.
Valkyrie, on the Jakarta Globe Web site, felt Ziavanna’s efforts were underappreciated: “She chose the perfect character to portray in her cultural presentation … It’s not only the bikini parade, but there are other tested attributes which a contestant must go through. Let us try focus on the positive aspects.”