Miss Universe Drops the Ball ... and the Crown

8/24/2009 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It wouldn't be a pageant if something didn't fall to the ground -- but this year during the Miss Universe competition, it wasn't one of the contestants ... it was the crown!

Last year's Miss Universe, Venezuela's Dayana Mendoza, dropped it at the worst possible moment: When crowning the new beauty queen, Stefania Fernandez, also of Venezuela.