Fennell, an early favourite showed poise, confidence and grace throughout the rounds and reaped loud cheers inside the Florida International University Arena in Doral.
The first question posed to her by one of the judges: "One of three women in the world will experience violence, what can be done to reduce it?"
Her response: "Crime is a global phenomenon, it does not affect just one nation and we as people of the world should work together to prevent it now. Thank you."
She would face another nerve-racking moment when a viewer's question was posed to her querying her country’s most important contribution to the world.
Fennell said music, through Bob Marley, and athletics, through world record holder, Usain Bolt, are Jamaica's most significant contributions to the world.
Fennell's 5th place announcement was met with shouts of boos and disappointment from the Miami audience.
Miss Colombia was named Miss Universe and United States, first runner-up.
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