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Mexicana Universal
Formation1994; 30 years ago (1994)
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersMexico City
Location
Membership
Official language
Spanish
President
Lupita Jones
Websitewww.mexicanauniversal.com

The Mexicana Universal is a national beauty pageant in Mexico held annually since 2018, replacing the former pageant, Nuestra Belleza México, held since 1994. Currently, the pageant is responsible for selecting the country's delegates to Miss International, Reina Hispanoamericana, Miss Charm, Nuestra Latinoamericana Universal, and Miss Orb International. The current Mexicana Universal is Melissa Flores of Michoacán, who represented Mexico at Miss Universe 2023 but was unplaced.

The organization is directed by the nation's first Miss Universe titleholder, Lupita Jones (1991).[1] Who originally produced the pageant as Nuestra Belleza México in association with the Televisa TV network. In October 2017, the organization parted ways with Televisa, and found a new home for the pageant's broadcasting in rival network TV Azteca, rebranding the pageant due to televisa still owning the trademark, and changing the format.[2]

The organization has produced two Miss Universe winners (2010, 2020), two Miss International winners (2007, 2009), and three Reina Hispanoamericana winners (2008, 2019, 2021).

Contestants

Aspiring hopefuls, ranging from 18 to 27 years of age and a minimum height of 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in), must fulfill the organization's additional requirements and consequently vie in their respective state pageants for eligibility to participate in the national pageant.[3] Contestants are permitted to compete for their sub-national beauty titles more than once. However, this can no longer be done once they have taken part in the national event. They may also choose to represent a different state, as long as they provide proof of having resided in it for at least the last twelve months before registration.

As of the year 2000's edition of the pageant, it is not uncommon for some states to have more than one delegate competing simultaneously. This occurs when non-winning hopefuls from select subdivisions are invited (designated) by the organization to partake in the nationwide competition, taking into consideration their potential, and to possibly make up for other states which may lack representation. Usually three or four are designated annually.[3]

Once in the national concentration, the participants engage in various events and appearances prior to the crucial preliminary competition from which a number of semi-finalists are chosen, only to be announced during the final competition. Additionally, five special awards given through sub-challenges enable the recipients an automatic pass to the semi-finals.[4] During the crowning night, the semi-finalists are evaluated by a panel of judges while vying in swimsuit and evening gown, with eliminations taking place after each of these rounds. The remaining contestants are subsequently interviewed, and the runners-up and winners are respectively announced at the conclusion of the Nuestra Belleza México telecast.

If any of the titleholders is unable to fulfill her duties, the next in turn, known as the suplente (substitute), assumes the right to represent the country abroad. The pageant is held a year prior to when the winners compete internationally, giving them sufficient time to prepare for their corresponding beauty events.

Titleholders

Below are the names of the annual titleholders of Nuestra Belleza México/Mexicana Universal, the states they represented and the venue which played host to their crowning, in ascending order. Titleholders whose names appear highlighted went on to win a major international pageant. For further details, see the representatives at major international pageants section.

Color key
  •   Miss Universe winner
  •   Ended as Runner-up
  •   Ended as one of the finalists, semi-finalists, or quarter-finalists
Year Titleholder State Venue Placement at Miss Universe
Winner's Title is Mexicana Universal
2023 Melissa Flores Godínez Michoacán Aguascalientes
2022 Irma Cristina Miranda Valenzuela[5] Sonora Centro de Convenciones, San Luis Potosí
2021 Débora Hallal Ayala Sinaloa Appointed; 1st Runner-Up at Mexicana Universal 2020
2020 Alma Andrea Meza Carmona Chihuahua Juriquilla, Querétaro Miss Universe 2020
2019 Sofía Montserrat Aragón Torres Jalisco Mexico City 2nd Runner-up
2018 Andrea Isabel Toscano Ramírez Colima Mexico City
Until 2017 the Title was Nuestra Belleza México
2017 Denisse Iridane Franco Piña Sinaloa Mexico City
2016 Yuselmi Kristal Silva Dávila Tamaulipas Mexico City Top 9
2015 NO PAGEANT
2014 Wendolly Esparza Delgadillo Aguascalientes Jojutla, Morelos Top 15
2013 Josselyn Azeneth Garciglia Bañuelos Baja California Sur Toluca, Estado de México
2012 Cynthia Lizeth Duque Garza Nuevo León Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas
2011 Laura Karina González Muñoz Aguascalientes Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Top 10
2010 Karin Cecilia Ontiveros Meza Jalisco Saltillo, Coahuila
2009 Jimena Navarrete Rosete Jalisco Mérida, Yucatán Miss Universe 2010
2008 Karla María Carrillo González Jalisco Monterrey, Nuevo León
2007 Elisa Nájera Gualito Guanajuato Manzanillo, Colima 4th Runner-up
2006 Rosa María Ojeda Cuen Sinaloa Tampico, Tamaulipas Top 10
2005 Silvia Priscila Perales Elizondo Nuevo León Aguascalientes Top 10
2004 Laura Elizondo Erhard Tamaulipas San Luis Potosí 3rd Runner-up
2003 Rosalva Yasmin Luna Ruiz Sinaloa Morelia, Michoacán Top 15
2002 Marisol González Casas Coahuila Boca del Río, Veracruz
2001 Ericka Yadira Cruz Escalante Yucatán Toluca, Estado de México
2000 Jacqueline Bracamontes Van Hoorde Jalisco Apizaco, Tlaxcala
1999 Leticia Judith Murray Acedo Sonora Pachuca, Hidalgo
1998 Silvia Salgado Cavazos Nuevo León Acapulco, Guerrero Top 10
1997 Katty Fuentes García Nuevo León Acapulco, Guerrero
1996 Rebeca Lynn Tamez Jones Tamaulipas Cancún, Quintana Roo
1995 Vanessa Guzmán Niebla Chihuahua Toluca, Estado de México Top 6
1994 Luz María Zetina Lugo Estado de México Zapopan, Jalisco

(**)Denisse Franco was awarded with two titles, as the last Nuestra Belleza México 2017 and the first Mexicana Universal 2017

Mexican Miss Universe Winners

Representatives at major international pageants

Below are the names of the delegates enlisted by the Nuestra Belleza Mexico Organization to represent the country at major worldwide beauty contests. Keep in mind that they are listed according to the year in which they participated in their respective international pageants, which do not always coincide with when their national crowning took place, as explained in the last paragraph of the contestants section.

Color key
  •   Declared as winner.
  •   Ended as runner-up.
  •   Ended as finalist or semi-finalist.
  •  

Miss Universe

Year Representative State Placement Award
2024 TBA TBA TBA
2023 Melissa Flores Godinez Michoacán Unplaced
2022 Irma Cristina Miranda Valenzuela Sonora Unplaced
2021 Débora Hallal Ayala Sinaloa Unplaced
2020 Alma Andrea Meza Carmona Chihuahua Miss Universe 2020
2019 Sofía Montserrat Aragón Torres Jalisco 2nd Runner-up
2018 Andrea Isabel Toscano Ramírez Colima Unplaced
2017 Denisse Iridane Franco Piña Sinaloa Unplaced
2016 Yuselmi Kristal Silva Dávila Tamaulipas Top 9
2015 Wendolly Esparza Delgadillo Aguascalientes Top 15
2014 Josselyn Garciglia Bañuelos Baja California Sur Unplaced
2013 Cynthia Duque Garza Nuevo León Unplaced
2012 Karina González Muñoz Aguascalientes Top 10
2011 Karin Ontiveros Meza Jalisco Unplaced
2010 Ximena Navarrete Rosete Jalisco Miss Universe 2010
2009 Karla Carrillo González Jalisco
2008 Elisa Nájera Gualito Guanajuato 4th Runner-up Best Swimsuit & Best Figure
2007 Rosa María Ojeda Cuen Sinaloa Top 10
2006 Priscila Perales Elizondo Nuevo León Top 10
2005 Laura Elizondo Erhard Tamaulipas 3rd Runner-up
2004 Rosalva Luna Ruiz Sinaloa Top 15
2003 Marisol González Casas Coahuila
2002 Ericka Cruz Escalante Yucatán
2001 Jacqueline Bracamontes van Hoorde Jalisco
2000 Leticia Murray Acedo Sonora Best National Costume & Miss Herbal Essences
1999 Silvia Salgado Cavazos Nuevo León Top 10
1998 Katty Fuentes García Nuevo León Miss Herbal Essences
1997 Rebeca Tamez Jones Tamaulipas
1996 Vanessa Guzmán Niebla Chihuahua Top 6
1995 Luz María Zetina Lugo Estado de México

Miss World

Year Representative State Placement Award
2015 Yamelin Ramírez Cota Sonora
2014 Daniela Álvarez Reyes Morelos Top 11
2013 Marilyn Chagoya Triana Veracruz
2012 Mariana Berumen Reynoso Guanajuato Top 15
2011 Gabriela Palacio Díaz de León Aguascalientes
2010 Anabel Solís Sosa Yucatán
2009 Perla Beltrán Acosta Sinaloa 1st Runner-up Miss World Americas
Miss World Top Model
2008 Anagabriela Espinoza Marroquín Nuevo León Top 15 Miss World Beach Beauty
2007 Carolina Morán Gordillo Colima 2nd Runner-up Miss World Americas
2006 Karla Jiménez Amezcua Puebla Top 17
2005 Dafne Molina Lona Distrito Federal 1st Runner-up Miss World Americas
2004 Yessica Ramírez Meza Baja California Top 15 Miss World Top Model
2003 Erika Honstein García Sonora
2002 Blanca Zumárraga Contreras Puebla
2001 Tatiana Rodríguez Romero Campeche
2000 Paulina Flores Arias Sinaloa
1999 Danette Velasco Bataller Distrito Federal
1998 Vilma Zamora Suñol Guanajuato
1997 Blanca Soto Benavides Morelos
1996 Yessica Salazar González Jalisco Top 10 Spectacular Swimwear
1995 Alejandra Quintero Velasco Nuevo León Top 10

Miss International

Year Representative State Placement Award
2024 Valeria Villanueva Colima TBA
2023 Itziá Margarita Garcia Jiménez[6] Colima Top 7 Miss People's Choice Award
2022 Yuridia del Carmen Durán Peña[7] Nayarit
2019 Andrea Isabel Toscano Ramírez Colima 1st Runner-up
2018 Nebai Torres Camarena Jalisco Top 15
2017 Citlaly Higuera López Tamaulipas
2016 Geraldine Ponce Mendez Nayarit Top 15
2015 Lorena Sevilla Mesina Colima Top 10
2014 Vianey Vázquez Ramírez Aguascalientes Top 10
2013 Lucero Montemayor Gracia Nuevo León
2012 Jessica García Formenti Baja California Sur Top 15
2011 Karen Higuera Contreras Baja California Sur Miss Friendship
2010 Gabriela Palacio Díaz Aguascalientes Miss Photogenic
2009 Anagabriela Espinoza Marroquín Nuevo León Miss International 2009 Miss Chengdu Glamor
2008 Lorenza Bernot Krauze Morelos
2007 Priscila Perales Elizondo Nuevo León Miss International 2007
2000 Leticia Murray Acedo Sonora Top 15
1999 Graciela Soto Cámara Morelos

Replaced delegates

The Nuestra Belleza México contestants below were slated to participate in an international pageant, but were unable to go through with it for one reason or another. And thus, they were eventually replaced.

Year Name State Did not compete in Reason
2011 Cynthia de la Vega Nuevo León Miss World 2011 Dethroned
2009 Laura Zúñiga Sinaloa Miss International 2009 Dethroned
2000 Jacqueline Bracamontes Jalisco Miss World 2000 Resigned
1999 Lynette Delgado Gastélum Sinaloa Miss International 1999 Resigned

State tally

Below is a table of the top rankings for the Nuestra Belleza Mexico pageant, of the thirty-two Mexican states, based on all results from the first event in 1994 to the most recent competition.

Rank State NB México
MxU Universal
NB Mundo México
until 2015
NB Internacional México
MxU Internacional
Miss Charm Internacional México
MxU Charm Internacional
Reina Hispanoamericana México
MxU Hispanoamericana
Total
1 Jalisco 5 2[c] 1 7
2 Nuevo León 4 2[a] 3 9
3 Sinaloa 4 2 [b] [b] 6
4 Tamaulipas 3 1 1 5
5 Aguascalientes 2 1 2 1 6
6 Sonora 1 2 1 2 6
7 Guanajuato 1 2 1 4
8 Colima 1 1 2 4
9 Yucatán 1 1 2
10 Baja California Sur 1 2 3
11 Chihuahua 1 1 2
12 Coahuila 1 1
Estado de México 1 1
13 Morelos 2 2 4
14 Puebla 2 1 3
15 Ciudad de México 2 2
16 Baja California 1 1 2
17 Campeche 1 1
Veracruz 1 1
18 Nayarit 2 1 3
19 Quintana Roo 1 1
20 Tabasco 1 1
Michoacán 1 1
Oaxaca 1 1
Hidalgo 1 1

a Cynthia de la Vega was dethroned, decreasing the number of Nuestra Belleza Mundo México titles for Nuevo León by one. The title was passed on to Gabriela Palacio of Aguascalientes.
b Laura Zuñiga was dethroned, decreasing the number of Nuestra Belleza Internacional México titles for Sinaloa by one. The title was passed on to Anagabriela Espinoza of Nuevo León.
c Jacqueline Bracamontes resigned her title after winning the main Nuestra Belleza México crown, decreasing the number of Nuestra Belleza Mundo México titles for Jalisco by one. The title was passed on to Paulina Flores.

Delegates at other pageants

Nuestra Latinoamericana Universal

Year Titleholder State Placement Award
2022 Alma Angeles Castro Chavez Oaxaca Did not compete Pageant Cancelled
2023 Verónica Gamboa Hernandez Nayarit Did not compete Pageant Cancelled

Miss Orb International

Year Representative State Placement Award
2022 Camila Canto Vera Puebla Miss Orb International 2022
2024 Xiadani Saucedo Arrieta Ciudad de México TBA TBA

Miss Charm

Year Titleholder State Placement Award
2023 Karen Bustos González San Luis Potosí Top 20
2024 Tania Estrada Quezada Chihuahua TBA TBA

Reina Hispanoamericana

Year Titleholder State Placement Award
2023 Carolina Pérez Martínez Sinaloa Top 13
2022 Diana Laura Abigail Robles Rivera Guanajuato 3rd Runner-up
2021 Andrea Paola Martinez Bazarte Nuevo León Reina Hispanoamericana 2021
2019 Regina Peredo Gutierrez Puebla Reina Hispanoamericana 2019
2018 Aranza Anaid Molina Rueda Tabasco 1st Runner-up Miss Photogenic
Miss Elegance
Best Lips
2017 Karla López Berumen Aguascalientes 3rd Runner-up
2016 Magdalena Chipres Herrera Michoacán Virreina Hispanoamericana 2016 Best National Costume
2015 Sandra Ahumada Treviño Tamaulipas Top 9
2014 Vanessa López Quijada Sonora Virreina Hispanoamericana 2014 Miss Photogenic
Look Oster
Amazonas Girl
2013 Gabriela Prieto Díaz Infante Chihuahua 3rd Runner-up Miss Photogenic
2012 Jeraldine González Meza Baja California Miss Elegance
2011 Lili Rosales López Hidalgo
2010 Ángeles Aguilar del Puerto Oaxaca
2009 Andrea Martínez de Velasco Guanajuato Best National Costume
2008 Laura Zúñiga Huizar Sinaloa Reina Hispanoamericana 2008 Reina Hispanoamericana 2008 (dethroned)
2007 Melissa Estrella Pérez Sonora

  Won Reina Hispanoamericana.

Miss Continente Americano

After the year 2012, the Miss Continente Americano pageant changed its name to Miss United Continent, and the Mexican delegates were sent by another organization. The ones listed below were sent by Nuestra Belleza México.

Year Titleholder State Placement Award/Title
2012 Karen Padilla Brizuela Distrito Federal Top 6 Miss Photogenic
2011 Cecilia Montaño Moreno Sonora 1st Runner-up
2010 Karla Carrillo González Jalisco 1st Runner-up
2009 Paulina Hernández Calderón Baja California
2008 Lupita González Gallegos Jalisco Winner Miss Continente Americano 2008
Miss Photogenic
Miss Yanbal Face
2007 Gladys Castellanos Jiménez Jalisco 2nd Runner-up
2006 Diana Jiménez Pérez Zacatecas

  Won Miss Continente Americano.

See also

References

  1. ^ Nuestra Belleza Mexico Archived 25 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Cambia de nombre Nuestra Belleza Mexico y de televisoraArchived 17 May 2021 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Nuestra Belleza Mexico – FAQ
  4. ^ Nuestra Belleza Mexico – Premios Especiales
  5. ^ Mendivil, Isabel (21 May 2022). "¡Orgullo de Sonora! La cajemense Irma Miranda gana Mexicana Universal y se alista para Miss Universo". Tribuna (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Itzia García representante de Colima fue coronada como Mexicana Universal Internacional". Colima Noticias (in Spanish). 22 May 2022. Retrieved 16 September 2022.
  7. ^ "Mexicana Internacional 2020 title for Yuridia Durán". Imperium Miss. Retrieved 2 July 2019.

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