Miss Puerto Rico
Miss Puerto Rico is a national beauty pageant in Puerto Rico. Currently, there are two separate televised pageants held annually: Miss Universe Puerto Rico to select the representative for Miss Universe and Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico to select the representatives for Miss World and Miss Earth. Additionally, the Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Organization selects the representative for Miss America.
Big Four pageants
Puerto Rico has been represented in the Big Four international beauty pageants, the four major international beauty pageants for women. These are Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth.
Logo of the Miss Universe Puerto Rico event
Desiree Lowry |
The selection of Miss Puerto Rico commences the year before the winner advances to participate in the Miss Universe pageant. Each Puerto Rican city may choose a representative who then enters the Miss Puerto Rico finals, traditionally held at a San Juan area hotel. The winner is crowned at the conclusion of the final competition.
There have been three changes in the organization that led to modifications in the pageant's name. "Miss Puerto Rico" was held from 1952 until 1998 under the direction of Anna Santisteban, in 1996 the pageant lost the franchise for Miss Universe. From 1996 to 1998 Telemundo organized the event, under the name "Miss Universe Puerto Rico". From 1999 to 2002 TeleOnce (now Univision Puerto Rico) obtained the franchise and renamed it "Miss Puerto Rico Universe". Magali Febles organized the pageant between 2003 and 2009 and the pageant title has remained the same. In 2009, Desireé Lowry and Luisito Vigoreaux obtained the Miss Universe franchise and renamed the pageant "Miss Universe Puerto Rico".
The Miss Puerto Rico beauty pageant has now turned to technology to reach more people through the use of podcasting. Starting with the 2006 pageant, Miss Puerto Rico Universe became the first pageant of the Miss Universe franchise to have a podcast. In this, Wilton Vargas, an international multi-media and technology personality, interviews all contestants with the goal of helping people get to know them better so that they can participate in the voting process using cell phones. This podcast is published as a section in technology news and information website Tecnetico.com and various podcast directories, including iTunes.
Delegates are allowed to compete more than once at the Miss Puerto Rico Universe pageant, the caveat being that they are not allowed to compete again after they have won. For example, Cynthia Olavarría placed 1st runner-up in 2003 and returned in 2005, winning the title and placing 1st runner-up at Miss Universe. A number of delegates and winners have competed in the "Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico" (Miss World Puerto Rico) pageant, a preliminary to the Miss World pageant. There are frequently crossovers between the two pageants: for example Joyce Giraud was crowned Miss Puerto Rico twice by Ana Rosa Brito, first in 1994 as Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico, then in 1998 as Miss Universe Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico is one of the most successful competitors in the history of the Miss Universe pageant, having won five times. Marisol Malaret, Miss Puerto Rico 1970, was the first Puerto Rican to win the Miss Universe title. The four other Puerto Rican delegates who have won the Miss Universe title are Deborah Carthy-Deu (1985), Dayanara Torres (1993), Denise Quiñones (2001), and Zuleyka Rivera (2006).
On November 7, 2011, Miss Universe Puerto Rico selected the first woman who was not born in Puerto Rico to represent the island at Miss Universe 2012. Bodine Koehler Peña was crowned as Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2012. Koehler was born in the Netherlands to a Dutch father and a Dominican mother, but grew up in Puerto Rico.
For a complete list of the representatives to Miss Universe
- Color Key
- Winner of Miss Universe
- Runner-up in the Top 5 or Top 6
- Finalist in the Top 10 or Top 12
- Semi-finalist in the Top 15 or Top 16
|2016||Brenda Azaria Jiménez Hernández||TBA|
|Kristhielee Yinaira Caride Santiago|| |
|2015||Catalina Morales Gómez|
|2014||Gabriela Berríos Pagán||Miss Photogenic|
|2013||Monic Marie Pérez Díaz||Top 16|
|2012||Bodine Koehler Peña|
|2011||Viviana Ortiz Pastrana||Top 16|
|2010||Mariana Paola Vicente Morales||Top 10|
|2009||Mayra Matos Pérez||4th Runner-up|
|2008||Ingrid Marie Rivera Santos|
|2007||Wilmadilis "Uma" Blasini Pérez|
|2006||Zuleyka Jerrís Rivera Mendoza||Miss Universe 2006|
Logo of the Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico event
Shanira Blanco |
Puerto Rico debuted in Miss World in 1959, then was absent from 1960 to 1969. In 1970 a new organization took the responsibility of sending contestants until 1985 via castings. Puerto Rico did not compete in Miss World from 1986 to 1988. The Miss Puerto Rico organization, directed by Anna Santisteban, obtained the Miss World franchise in 1989, Tania Collazo was her first Miss World delegate. Santisteban produced Miss World PR until 1995.
In 1996, Delia Cruz, mother of Puerto Rico's only Miss World Wilnelia Merced Cruz, obtained the franchise and began organizing the Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico pageant with Tania Collazo as organizer for a few years before Desiree Lowry and later on Shanira Blanco. Winners have been competing ever since in the international pageant. Puerto Rico has produced one winner (1975), two 2nd runners-up (2005, 2011) and ten semi-finalists (1976, 1978, 1980, 1985, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010), and one quarter-finalist (2012).
For a complete list of the representatives to Miss World
- Color Key
- Winner of Miss World
- Runner-up in the Top 3 or Top 5
- Finalist in the Top 7 or Top 10
- Semi-finalist between the Top 15 and Top 25
- Quarter-finalist in the Top 30
|2016||Stephanie Del Valle Díaz||TBA||Miss World Talent (Top 21)|
|2015||Keysi Marie Vargas Vélez|
|2014||Génesis María Dávila Pérez|
|2013||Nadyalee Torres López|
|2012||Janelee Marcus Chaparro Colón||Top 30|
|2011||Amanda Victoria Vilanova Pérez||2nd Runner-up||Queen of Caribbean|
|2010||Yara Liz Lasanta Santiago||Top 25||Miss World Beach Beauty|
|2009||Jennifer Colón Alvarado|
|2008||Ivonne Marie Orsini López||Top 16|
|2007||Jennifer Guevara Campos||Top 16|
|2006||Thebyam Carrión Álvarez||Top 17|
Gallery of Miss World representatives
- Jennifer Guevara, Miss World Puerto Rico 2007
- Ivonne Orsini, Miss World Puerto Rico 2008
- Nadyalee Torres, Miss World Puerto Rico 2013
Logo of the Miss Earth Puerto Rico in 2014
|Shanira Blanco (2014)|
The Miss Puerto Rico Universe organization sent representatives to Miss Earth between 2001–2004. From 2005 to 2013 Puerto Rico's representative to Miss Earth was selected through the Miss Puerto Rico Earth pageant. In 2014 the representative was selected through the Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico pageant with the 1st Runner-Up being sent to Miss Earth, however the pageant failed to send a representative in 2015.
For a complete list of the representatives to Miss Earth
- Color Key
- Winner of Miss Earth
- Runner-up in the Top 4
- Finalist in the Top 8
- Semi-finalist in the Top 16
|2014||Franceska Toro Medina|| Darling of the Press|
Cocktail Wear (Group 1)
Resort Wear (Group 1)
Eco-Beauty Video (Top 10)
|2013||Velmary Paola Cabassa Vélez|| |
|2012||Darli Arni Pacheco Montañez|| Liter of Light Project Campaign (Group 1)|
Resort Wear (Group 1)
Miss Talent (Group 1)
Swimsuit (Group 1)
|2011||Agnes Eileen Benítez Santiago|
|2010||Yeidy Enid Bosques Pérez||3rd Runner-up||Miss Earth Fire|
|2009||Dignelis Taymí Jiménez Hernández|
|2006||Camille Collazo Ortiz|
|Fernando Oquendo Vega|
The first Puerto Rican delegate in Miss International was Carmen Sara Látimer, sent in 1960. Since 1960, Puerto Rico has produced two winners (Laurie Simpson in 1987 and Valerie Hernandez in 2014), one 3rd runner-up and ten semi-finalists. The Miss Puerto Rico pageant had the Miss International franchise from 1960 to 1997, after a two-year hiatus, a new pageant was created called Miss Puerto Rico Turismo that sent representatives until 2007 when a new organization acquired the franchise (Creative Options Inc. – Fernando Oquendo Vega).
For a complete list of the representatives to Miss International
- Color Key
- Winner of Miss International
- Runner-up in the Top 3 or Top 5
- Finalist in the Top 10
- Semi-finalist in the Top 12 or Top 15
|2016||Gabriela Berríos Pagán|
|2015||Wilmary Monción Román|
|2014||Valerie Hernández Matías||Miss International 2014|
|2013||Ashley Beth Pérez Calderón||Top 15|
|2012||Ashley Michelle Ruiz Rodríguez|
|2011||Desiree Del Rio De Jesús||3rd Runner-up||Miss Active|
|2010||Aideliz Hidalgo Betances||Top 15|
|2009||Mónica Cristina Pastrana González|
|2008||Miriam Pabón Carrión||Top 12|
|2007||Haydil Rivera Escobales||Top 15|
|2006||Sharon Gómez Díaz||Top 12|
Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Program
|Motto||Some call her a beauty queen, we call her a scholar.|
|Spanish and English|
As of 2010, Puerto Rico has sent a delegate to the Miss America pageant. 2010 was the first time Puerto Rico has done so since 1961.
|1948||Irma Nydia Vázquez|
|1952||Otilia Jiménez||Miss Congeniality|
|1953||Helga Edmee Monroig|
|1955||María del Carmen Mejías|
|1962||Rosita Giusti|| Best in Talent Competition (Classical Vocal) |
|2010||Miriam Ivette Pabón Carrión||Lifestyle and Fitness Preliminary Award|
|2012||Laura Ramirez||Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Medal|
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- Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2007 Podcast
- Miss Universe Puerto Rico
- Miss Earth Puerto Rico
- El Podcast de Miss Puerto Rico Universe
- Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship
- Miss America
- Miss Universe
- Miss Earth
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