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Former refugee crowned Miss Universe Australia at Sydney finale (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 6, 2015

A former Bosnian refugee and psychology graduate has been crowned Miss Universe Australia in the glamorous final showdown in Sydney overnight.

Monika Radulovic, 24, from NSW said she was “overwhelmed” after taking out the title, News Corp has reported.

“I’m just excited to show the world and Australia how great we are,” she said.

“It’s been a while since we won Miss Universe, and I plan to hopefully win.”

Monika Radulovic

© Scott Barbour/Getty Images Monika Radulovic of New South Wales celebrates after being crowned Miss Universe Australia 2015.
Miss Radulovic’s family fled to Australia as refugees from the Balkan conflict when she was four.

She said her parents had arrived with nothing but “the shirts on their backs”.

Monika Radulovic2

Queenslander Madeleine Crowe, 22, was runner-up followed by NSW contestant Chanel Stewart, 19, in third.

© Scott Barbour/Getty Images Contestants parade in their swimwear at the 2015 Miss Universe Australia Final.

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