Miss Universe Pauline Vega: "I Am Living the Dream"

Miss Universe Pauline Vega: "I Am Living the Dream"
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Paulina Vega has only worn the Miss Universe crown for two days, but she already takes her duties very seriously. The former Miss Colombia wants to use her title to inspire young girls to embrace their inner beauty. 

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"I want to demonstrate that it is not the important thing to be beautiful and have a glamorous life. It's about feeling beautiful," she told PEOPLE"Become an intelligent, professional, hardworking woman with a great heart. That is the example I want to set."

The 22-year-old from Barranquilla, Colombia plans to relocate to Manhattan for the year as she completes her duties as Miss Universe. "My whole life, I have dreamed to live in New York City, and now I am living the dream," she gushed. "I love to walk the streets, and see the movements and the vibe of the city."

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Vega won the top honor at Sunday night's 63rd Annual Miss Universe Competition. She follows in the footsteps of the former Miss Universe, Venezuelan Gabriela Isler Fellow Latina Miss USA Nia Sanchez came in second place.