Puerto Rico at major beauty pageants

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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,[1] widely covered and broadcast by media.[2] The Wall Street Journal,[3] BBC News,[4] CNN,[5] Xinhua News Agency,[6] and global news agencies such as Reuters[7] and Agence France-Presse[8][9] collectively refer to the four major pageants as "Big Four" namely: Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth.[10][11][12]

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

  • Five — Miss Universe crowns (1970 • 1985 • 1993 • 2001 • 2006)
  • Two — Miss World crowns (1975 • 2016)
  • Two — Miss International crowns (1987 • 2014)
  • One — Miss Earth crown (2019)

Current franchise holders[edit]

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

  • WAPA-TV — Miss Universe Puerto Rico[13]
  • Ana Aviles — Miss World Puerto Rico[citation needed]
  • Fernando Vega — Miss International Puerto Rico[citation needed]
  • Vanessa De Roide — Miss Earth Puerto Rico[14]

Puerto Rico's Big Four titleholders[edit]

Color key
  •      Miss Universe winner
  •      Miss World winner
  •      Miss International winner
  •      Miss Earth winner
  •      Ended as Runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists, Semi-finalists or Quarter-finalists
YEAR MISS UNIVERSE MISS WORLD MISS INTERNATIONAL MISS EARTH
2021 TBA Aryam Díaz
TBA
Natalia Figueroa
TBA
Cristina Mariel Ríos
TBA
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
WINNER
2018 Kiara Ortega
Top 5
Dayanara Martínez Yarelis Salgado Krystal Xamairy
2017 Danna Hernández × × Karla Aponte
2016 Brenda Jiménez Stephanie Del Valle
WINNER
Gabriela Berrios ×
2015 Catalina Morales Keysi Vargas Wilmary Monción ×
2014 Gabriela Berrios Genesis Davila Valerie Hernandez
WINNER
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
WINNER
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
WINNER
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
WINNER
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
WINNER
1986 Elizabeth Robison
Top 10
× Elizabeth Robison
Top 15
1985 Deborah Carthy-Deu
WINNER
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
WINNER
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
WINNER
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 23 Winner Star*.svg (1970 • 1985 • 1993 • 2001 • 2006)
Miss World 16 Winner Star*.svg (1975 • 2016)
Miss International 14 Winner Star*.svg (1987 • 2014)
Miss Earth 4 Winner Star*.svg (2019)
Total 57 10 TITLES

Crossovers[edit]

  • Miss Universe
    • 2019 - Madison Anderson (1st Runner-Up)
    • 2016 - Brenda Jiménez
    • 2014 - Gabriela Berrios
    • 2008 - Ingrid Marie Rivera
    • 1998 - Joyce Giraud (2nd Runner-Up)
    • 1997 - Ana Rosa Brito (Top 10)
    • 1994 - Brenda Robles
    • 1993 - Dayanara Torres (WINNER)
    • 1987 - Laurie Simpson (4th Runner-Up)
    • 1986 - Elizabeth Robison (Top 10)
  • Miss World
    • 2005 - Ingrid Marie Rivera (2nd Runner-Up)
    • 1994 - Joyce Giraud
    • 1993 - Ana Rosa Brito
  • Miss International
    • 2016 - Gabriela Berrios
    • 2003 - Dignelis Jiménez
    • 1993 - Brenda Robles
    • 1992 - Dayanara Torres (Top 15)
    • 1990 - Ana Rosa Brito
    • 1987 - Laurie Simpson (WINNER)
    • 1986 - Elizabeth Robison (Top 15)
  • Miss Earth
    • 2009 - Dignelis Jiménez
  • Miss Latin International US
    • 2010 - Gabriela Berrios (WINNER)
  • Miss Tourism Intercontinental
    • 2010 - Gabriela Berrios (WINNER)
  • Miss Supranational
    • 2012 - Gabriela Berrios (Top 10)
  • Miss Grand International
    • 2017 - Brenda Jiménez (3rd Runner-Up)
    • 2016 – Madison Anderson (3rd Runner–Up)


Hostings[edit]

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 Coca-Cola Music Hall

References[edit]

  1. Ornos, Riza (30 September 2013). "Philippines, Brazil And Venezuela: Three Countries To Win The Big Four International Beauty Pageants". International Business Times. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  2. Kanja, Kirstin (20 December 2019). "Beauty with a purpose: What it means to be Miss World, Miss Universe". Standard Media. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  3. Jun, Kwanwoo (2003-12-03). "Lost in Storm's Debris: A Beauty Pageant". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  4. Amee, Enriquez (2 February 2014). "Philippines: How to make a beauty queen". BBC News. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  5. Cabato, Regine (27 January 2017). "How a country hosts a Miss Universe pageant". CNN. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  6. News, China (3 November 2018). "Myanmar's beauty queen to take part in Miss World pageant 2018 in China". Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  7. News, Reuters (13 December 2013). "The Philippines earns another crown". Reuters. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. Joel, Guinto (13 March 2015). "PH Cinderellas 'duck walk' to world stage". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Agence France-Presse. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  9. Joel, Guinto (12 March 2015). "In beauty pageants, Philippines' modern day Cinderellas seize world stage". GMA News Online. Agence France-Presse. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  10. Vietnam, News (2008-10-08). "Những scandal của Miss World". Vietnam Express. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved 2016-09-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. Ibrahim, Lynda (2013-09-13). "The misses and missuses of the world". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  12. Lowe, Aya (2016-01-25). "Philippines' Miss Universe returns home, ignites dreams". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  13. Caraballo, Harry Rodríguez (5 February 2018). "Miss Universo le quita franquicia de Miss Universe P.R. a Desireé Lowry". metro.pr. Metro International. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  14. "Vanessa de Roide será la directora del Miss Earth Puerto Rico" (in español). RevistaRonda.net. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

See also[edit]

  • Miss Puerto Rico
  • Miss Universe Puerto Rico
  • Miss World Puerto Rico
  • Miss International Puerto Rico
  • Miss Earth Puerto Rico
  • List of Miss Puerto Rico titleholders


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