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Miss Universe hopefuls talk beauty, competition

Miss Universe hopefuls talk beauty, competition

South Florida is the center of the universe this week.

That's because the region is the backdrop for the 63rd annual Miss Universe Pageant, which will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Sunday from Florida International University.

The 88 contestants have been in Miami since early January for rehearsals, dinners, receptions, meet-and-greet events with their fans, golf and salsa lessons, and even a Zumba fitness class.

The contestants recently spoke with us about what the crown would mean to their country, and how the pageant is more than a beauty contest.

Miss Costa Rica Karina Ramos, 21, described beauty as "a light that comes from inside-out. It's not about your face,...