01/30/2015 05:55 pm ET

Miss Universe Paulina Vega: Colombia Is 'Secure' And 'Stable'

Although the violent drug war in Colombia has dominated the headlines for years, newly-crowned Miss Universe Paulina Vega said there’s more to her home country than meets the eye. The native Colombian told HuffPost Live in a Friday interview that the Latin American country is “secure” and making real progress.

“Colombia is now in a whole different point. We have changed the whole perception. Our economy is stable. We are a secure country,” she said.

Vega addressed the drug war that has plagued the country since the 1980s and said she is optimistic that a solution is coming soon.

“We are in the middle of the peace process. So if we gain that ... [the drug war] is going to be over,” she said. “And I think that it’s not only Colombia’s fault, but also the countries are the ones that buy those kinds of things. It’s like teamwork, not only of Colombia but of the whole world.”

Overall, Vega assured that her home country is a safe place for travelers and even volunteered to be a tour guide.

“You can go to Colombia and nothing’s going to happen to you," she said. “You can call me and I can give them a tour and it’s going to be fantastic.”

Check out the full HuffPost Live conversation with Miss Universe Paulina Vega here.

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