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Miss Puerto Rico

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Miss Puerto Rico is a national beauty pageant in Puerto Rico. Currently, there are two separate televised pageants held annually: Miss Universe Puerto Rico[1] to select the representative for Miss Universe and Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico to select the representative for Miss World. 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.[2][3] These are Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International, and Miss Earth.[4][5][6]

Miss Universe

Miss Universe Puerto Rico
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersSan Juan
Miss Universe
Official language
Denise Quiñones


In its various forms, the "Miss Puerto Rico" beauty pageant has been held almost every year since the 1930s.[7] The winner of the contest represents Puerto Rico at the Miss Universe pageant each year.

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.[citation needed]

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, Luisito Vigoreaux and Desireé Lowry obtained the Miss Universe franchise and renamed the pageant "Miss Universe Puerto Rico". In 2018, WAPA-TV obtained the Miss Universe Puerto Rico franchise and placed Denise Quiñones as the pageant director. 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.[8] 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 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.[9]


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
Year Representative Placement Award
2022 Ashley Cariño TBA
2021 Michelle Colón Top 10
2020 Estefanía Soto Top 10
2019 Madison Anderson 1st Runner-up
2018 Kiara Ortega Top 5
2017 Danna Hernández
2016 Brenda Jiménez
Kristhielee Caride Dethroned
2015 Catalina Morales
2014 Gabriela Berrios Miss Photogenic
2013 Monic Pérez Top 16
2012 Bodine Koehler
2011 Viviana Ortiz Top 16
2010 Mariana Vicente Top 10
2009 Mayra Matos 4th Runner-up
2008 Ingrid Marie Rivera
2007 Uma Blasini
2006 Zuleyka Rivera Miss Universe 2006

Winners gallery

Miss World

Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersSan Juan
Miss World
Official language
Julia Morley
Key people
Ana E. Aviles


Puerto Rico debuted in Miss World in 1959, then was absent from 1960 to 1969.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

In 1996, Delia Cruz, mother of Miss World Wilnelia Merced Cruz,[citation needed] 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 two winners (1975,2016), 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 between the Top 30 and Top 40
Year Representative Placement Award
2022 Elena Rivera Reyes TBA
2021 Aryam Díaz Rosado TBA
2020 Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, no pageant in 2020
2019 Daniella Rodríguez Laureano Top 40
2018 Dayanara Martínez Rosado
2017 No Representative Due to the devastating effects of two hurricanes
2016 Stephanie Román De León Did not compete.
Took over title after Del Valle won Miss World 2016.
Stephanie Marie Del Valle Díaz Miss World 2016 Top 21 Miss World Talent
2015 Keysi Marie Vargas Vélez
2014 Génesis Marie 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

Miss Earth

Miss Earth Puerto Rico
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersSan Juan
Miss Earth
Official language
Shanira Blanco (2014)


Vanessa De Roide  Miss Puerto Rico Earth 2005 Top 8 Miss Earth 2005
Vanessa De Roide
Miss Puerto Rico Earth 2005
Top 8 Miss Earth 2005

The Miss Puerto Rico Universe organization sent representatives to Miss Earth between 2001–2004 under Magaly Febles. From 2005 to 2013 Puerto Rico's representative to Miss Earth was selected through the Miss Puerto Rico Earth pageant. Under the direction of Shanira Blancoin 2014 the representative was selected through the Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico pageant with the 1st Runner-Up being sent to Miss Earth. however, Puerto Rico dod not send a representative in 2015.[citation needed]


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 8/10/12
  •   Semi-finalist in the Top 10/16/18/20
Year Representative Placement Award
2022 Paulina Avilés-Feshold TBA
2021 Cristina Mariel Ríos
2020 Krystal Badillo Top 8 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Evening Gown (Americas)
2019 Nellys Rocío Pimentel Campusano Miss Earth 2019 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Swimsuit (Water)
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Long Gown (Water)

Miss Earth Flora

2018 Krystal Xamairy Rivera Barrios
2017 Karla Victoria Aponte Colón[citation needed]
2016 No Representative
2014 Franceska Toro Medina 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Darling of the Press
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Cocktail Wear (Group 1)
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Resort Wear (Group 1)
Eco-Beauty Video (Top 10)
2013 Velmary Paola Cabassa Vélez Do Not Compete
2012 Darli Arni Pacheco Montañez 1st place, gold medalist(s) Liter of Light Project Campaign (Group 1)
1st place, gold medalist(s) Resort Wear (Group 1)
1st place, gold medalist(s) Miss Talent (Group 1)
1st place, gold medalist(s) Swimsuit (Group 1)
2011 Agnes Eileen Benítez Santiago
2010 Yeidy Enid Bosques Pérez Miss Earth - Fire 2010
2009 Dignelis Taymí Jiménez Hernández
2008 No Representative
2006 Camille Collazo Ortiz

Miss International

Miss International Puerto Rico
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersSan Juan
Miss International
Official language
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
Year Representative Placement Award
2022 Natalia Colón Figueroa TBA
2021 Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, no pageant in 2021
2020 Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, no pageant in 2020
2019 Ivana Carolina Irizarry Fritany Top 15
2018 Yarelis Yvette Salgado Rodríguez
2017 Beverly Marie Rodríguez De León[citation needed] Did Not Compete
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 Ivette Pabón Carrión Top 12
2007 Haydil Rivera Escobales Top 15
2006 Sharon Haydée Gómez Díaz Top 12

Winners gallery

This is a list of Puerto Rico's official representatives and their placements at the Big Four international beauty pageants, considered the most important in the world.

Hundreds of beauty pageants are conducted yearly, but the Big Four are considered the most prestigious,[10] widely covered and broadcast by media.[11] The Wall Street Journal,[2] BBC News,[12] CNN,[13] Xinhua News Agency,[14] and global news agencies such as Reuters[15] and Agence France-Presse[16][17] collectively refer to the four major pageants as "Big Four" namely: Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth.[18][19][20]

The country has won in all four pageants with a total of ten victories:

Current franchise holders

The franchise holders in Puerto Rico of the four major beauty pageants are the following:

Puerto Rico's Big Four titleholders

Color key
2022 Ashley Cariño
TBA Natalia Figueroa
Paulina Avilés-Feshold
2021 Michelle Colón
Top 10
Aryam Díaz
↑ No Pageant Held Cristina Mariel Ríos
2020 Estefanía Soto
Top 10
↑ No Pageant Held Krystal Badillo
Top 8
2019 Madison Anderson
1st Runner-Up
Daniella Rodríguez
Top 40
Ivana Irizarry
Top 15
Nellys Pimentel
2018 Kiara Ortega
Top 5
Dayanara Martínez Yarelis Salgado Krystal Xamairy
2017 Danna Hernández × × Karla Aponte
2016 Brenda Jiménez Stephanie Del Valle
Gabriela Berrios ×
2015 Catalina Morales Keysi Vargas Wilmary Monción ×
2014 Gabriela Berrios Genesis Davila Valerie Hernandez
Franceska Toro
2013 Monic Pérez
Top 16
Nadyalee Torres Ashley Pérez
Top 15
2012 Bodine Koehler Janelee Chaparro
Top 30
Ashley Ruíz Darla Pacheco
2011 Viviana Ortíz
Top 16
Amanda Vilanova
2nd Runner-Up
Desireé del Río
3rd Runner-Up
Agnes Benítez
2010 Mariana Vicente
Top 10
Yara Lasanta
Top 25
Aideliz Hidalgo
Top 15
Yeidy Bosques
3rd Runner-Up
2009 Mayra Matos
4th Runner-Up
Jennifer Colón Mónica Pastrana Dignelis Jiménez
2008 Ingrid Rivera Ivonne Orsini
Top 15
Miriam Pabón
Top 12
2007 Uma Blasini Jennifer Guevara
Top 16
Haydil Rivera
Top 15
2006 Zuleyka Rivera
Thebyam Carrión
Top 17
Sharon Gómez
Top 12
Camille Colazzo
2005 Cynthia Olavarría
1st Runner-Up
Ingrid Rivera
2nd Runner-Up
Dinorah Collazo Vanessa De Roide
Top 8
2004 Alba Reyes
2nd Runner-Up
Cassandra Castro Meredith Herrera Shanira Blanco
2003 Carla Tricoli Joyceline Montero
Top 20
Dignelis Jiménez Norelis Ortíz
2002 Isis Casalduc Cassandra Polo
Top 20
Mariela Lugo Deidre Rodríguez
2001 Denise Quiñones
Barbara Serrano Lorna Otero Amaricelys Reyes
2000 Zoraida Fonalledas Sarybel Velilla Rosiveliz Díaz ↑ No Pageant Held
(established in 2001 in Manila, Philippines.)
1999 Brenda Liz López
Top 10
Arlene Torres ×
1998 Joyce Giraud
2nd Runner-Up
Antonia Alfonso ×
1997 Ana Rosa Brito
Top 10
Aurea Marrero Ymak Fagundo
Top 15
1996 Sarybel Velilla Marissa de la Caridad Lydia Guzmán
1995 Desiree Lowry
Top 6
Swanni Quiñones María Arroyo
1994 Brenda Robles Joyce Giraud Alice Lee
1993 Dayanara Torres
Ana Rosa Brito Brenda Robles
1992 Daisy García Lianabel Rosario Dayanara Torres
Top 15
1991 Lizzette Bouret Johanna Irizarry Lizaura Quiñones
1990 Luisa Fortuno Magdalena Pabón Ana Rosa Brito
1989 Catalina Villa Tania Collazo Michele Cotto
1988 Isabel Pardo × Yolanda Martínez
1987 Laurie Simpson
4th Runner-Up
× Laurie Simpson
1986 Elizabeth Robison
Top 10
× Elizabeth Robison
Top 15
1985 Deborah Carthy-Deu
Iris Matias
Top 15
1984 Sandra Beauchamp María Rosas ×
1983 Carmen Bátiz Fátima Mustafa ×
1982 Lourdes Mantero Jannette Torres ×
1981 Carmen Lotti Andrenira Ruíz ×
1980 Agnes Tañón
Top 12
Michele Torres
Top 15
1979 Teresa López Daisy López ×
1978 Ada Perkins María Cañizares
Top 15
1977 Mar Rivera Didriana del Río Marta Hernández
1976 Elizabeth Zayas Ivette Rosado
Top 15
Yvonne Torres
Top 15
1975 Lorell Carmona Wilnelia Merced
Gladys Salgado
1974 Sonia Stege
Top 12
Loyda Valle x
1973 Gladys Colón Milagros García Miriam Vargas
1972 Barbara Torres Ana Nisi Goyco Miriam López
1971 Beba Franco
3rd Runner-Up
Raquel Quintana Doris Morales
1970 Marisol Malaret
Alma Pérez x
1969 Aída Betancourt × ×
1968 Marylene Carrasquillo × Elsa Schroeder
1967 Ivonne Coll × María Seda
1966 Carol Barajadas × ↑ No Pageant Held
1965 Gloria Cobain × Iraida Palacios
1964 Yolanda Rodríguez × Zoe Santiago
1963 Jeanette Blascoechea × Aida Mercado
Top 15
1962 Ana Sosa × Agnes Toro
1961 Enid del Valle × Ivette Monagas
1960 × × Carmen Latimer
1959 × Lilie Díaz ↑ No Pageant Held
(established in 1960 in California, United States and then it was transferred in 1968 in Tokyo, Japan.)
1958 × ↑ No Pageant Held
(established in 1951 in England, United Kingdom. Puerto Rico sent their first delegate in 1959.)
1957 Mapita Mercado
1956 Paquita Vivo
1955 Carmen Betancourt
1954 Lucy Santiago
1953 Wanda Irizarry
1952 Marilia Bernal
1951 ↑ No Pageant Held
(established in 1952 in California, United States and then it was transferred in 1960 in Florida, United States.)

× Did not compete
No pageant held

Pageant Placements Best result
Miss Universe 24 Winner
(1970 • 1985 • 1993 • 2001 • 2006)
Miss World 16 Winner
(1975 • 2016)
Miss International 14 Winner
(1987 • 2014)
Miss Earth 4 Winner
Total 58 10 TITLES



Year Pageant Location Venue
1972 Miss Universe Dorado, Puerto Rico Cerromar Beach Hotel
2001 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez
2002 San Juan, Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum
2021 Miss World José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum

Other pageants

Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Program

Miss Puerto Rico
TypeScholarship Pageant
HeadquartersSan Juan
Miss America
Official language
Spanish and English

As of 2010, Puerto Rico has sent a delegate to the Miss America pageant.[23] 2010 was the first time Puerto Rico has done so since 1961.


Year Representative Placement Award
1937 Malen Pietrantoni
1948 Irma Nydia Vázquez
1949 Marlene Carozzo
1950 Avelina Medrallo
1951 Evangelina Moragón
1952 Otilia Jiménez Miss Congeniality
1953 Helga Edmee Monroig
1954 Nydia Power
1955 María del Carmen Mejías
1956 Gladys Rodríguez
1958 Winnie Rodríguez
1962 Rosita Giusti Best in Talent Competition (Classical Vocal)
Miss Congeniality
2009 Miriam Ivette Pabón Carrión Lifestyle and Fitness Preliminary Award
2010 Mariselle Morales
2011 Laura Ramirez Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Medal
2012 Kiaraliz Medina
2013 Shenti Lauren
2014 Yarelis Salgado
2015 Destiny Vélez
2016 Carole Rigual


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