Australian beauty JENNIFER HAWKINS is officially the galaxy's most beautiful woman after winning the MISS UNIVERSE beauty contest last night (01JUN04)

The Sydney model, 20, was given the throne and sash by outgoing titleholder AMELIA VAGA of the Dominican Republic at the glitzy event in Quito, Ecuador.

Miss USA SHANDI FINNESSEY was the first runner-up in the pageant, followed by Miss Paraguay YANINA GONZALEZ and third runner-up Miss Trinidad + Tobago DANIELLE JONES.

Property tycoon Donald Trump, who owns Miss Universe, enthuses, "Jennifer is the most beautiful Miss Universe I have seen in many, many years."

02/06/2004 17:18