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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!

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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.

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