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,...