Miss Puerto Rico

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Miss Puerto Rico
Formation1952
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersSan Juan
Location
Membership
Miss Universe
Miss World
Miss International
Miss Earth
Miss Supranational
Miss Grand International
Miss Intercontinental
Miss Global
Official language
Spanish, English
Award(s)Major Titles Won: 16
5 Miss Universe: 1970, 1985, 1993, 2001, 2006
2 Miss World: 1975, 2016
2 Miss International: 1987, 2014
1 Miss Earth: 2019
1 Miss Supranational: 2018
1 Miss Grand International: 2013
3 Miss Intercontinental: 1986, 2010, 2016
1 Miss Global: 2023

Miss Puerto Rico is a national title bestowed on the women representing Puerto Rico in the most prestigious and relevant international beauty pageants. Currently, Miss Universe Puerto Rico selects the representative for Miss Universe, Miss World Puerto Rico for Miss World, Miss Earth Puerto Rico for Miss Earth and Miss Global, Nuestra Belleza Puerto Rico (Our Beauty Puerto Rico) for Miss International, Miss Supranational, and Miss Grand International. No pageant is held to select the representative for Miss Intercontinental, with the delegate usually being selected from the group of semifinalists in Miss World Puerto Rico. Since 2023, Puerto Rico is the only nation to have won all eight international beauty pageants. Not including Miss Intercontinental and Miss Global, Puerto Rico is also the only country to have won the other six pageants, which are known as the Grand Slam, as they are considered the most important. With 16 major titles won as of 2023, Puerto Rico is recognized as a powerhouse in the industry of beauty pageants, alongside Venezuela, Philippines, United States, and India.

Grand Slam titles won

Hundreds of beauty contests are held every year, but those known as the Big Four are considered the most prestigious, widely covered and broadcast by the international media. These four competitions are: Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth.

Puerto Rico has won Miss Universe five times in 1970 with Marisol Malaret, 1985 with Deborah Carthy-Deu, 1993 with Dayanara Torres, 2001 with Denise Quiñones and 2006 with Zuleyka Rivera; Miss World twice in 1975 with Wilnelia Merced and 2016 with Stephanie Del Valle; Miss International twice in 1987 with Laurie Simpson and 2014 with Valerie Hernández; and Miss Earth once in 2019.

Along with Brazil, Venezuela, Philippines and United States, Puerto Rico is one of only five countries that have won the four pageants. In 2019, Puerto Rico was the fourth country to enter this distinguished group of countries with the coronation of Nellys Pimentel as Miss Earth 2019. United States was the fifth country to reached this milestone.

The two most prestigious and relevant pageants after the Big four are: Miss Supranational and Miss Grand International.

Puerto Rico has won both competitions once, winning Miss Supranational in 2018 with Valeria Vázquez Latorre, and Miss Grand International in 2013 with Janelee Chaparro Colón in the first edition of the pageant.

These six beauty competitions—Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, Miss Earth, Miss Supranational, and Miss Grand International—are considered the Grand Slam or the most important in the world of beauty contests.

Puerto Rico is the first country to have won all six, and the only one so far to have won them.

Miss Intercontinental and Miss Global are the next most relevant international beauty pageants. Puerto Rico has won Miss Intercontinental three times with Elizabeth Robinson in 1986, Maydelise Columna in 2010, and Heylimar Rosario in 2016. Puerto Rico earned its first Miss Global crown with Ashley Meléndez, who won the title in the pageant’s 2023 edition.

Major Pageant Titles Year Won
Miss Universe 5 19701985199320012006
Miss World 2 19752016
Miss International 2 19872014
Miss Earth 1 2019
Miss Supranational 1 2018
Miss Grand International 1 2013
Miss Intercontinental 3 198620102016
Miss Global 1 2023
Total 16

With 16 major titles won, Puerto Rico is recognized as a powerhouse in the beauty pageant industry, alongside Venezuela, Philippines, United States, and India. Considering their high number of placements, Brazil, Colombia, and Thailand can also be recognized as powerhouses.

Miss Universe

Miss Universe Puerto Rico
Formation1952
TypeBeauty pageant
Location
Membership
Miss Universe
Official language
Spanish, English
National Director
Yicette Cifredo
Miss Universe Puerto Rico
Karla Guilfú

History

In its various forms, the "Miss Puerto Rico" beauty pageant has been held almost every year since the 1930s.[1] 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 municipality 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 several changes to the pageant's ownership and name. Miss Puerto Rico was held from 1952 until 1998 under the direction of Anna Santisteban. From 1996 to 1998, Telemundo organized the contest under the name Miss Universe Puerto Rico. From 1999 to 2002, TeleOnce (now Univision Puerto Rico) obtained the franchise, renaming it Miss Puerto Rico Universe. Magali Febles organized the pageant between 2003 and 2009 and the pageant title remained the same. In 2009, Luisito Vigoreaux and Desireé Lowry obtained the franchise and renamed the pageant Miss Universe Puerto Rico. In 2018, WAPA-TV obtained ownership of the franchise, keeping the name of Miss Universe Puerto Rico and hiring Denise Quiñones as the pageant’s director. In 2022, host, motivational speaker, and Miss Puerto Rico Pettite 2000, Yizette Cifredo Hernández, became the new national director of the pageant.

Placements

As of 2023, Puerto Rico has produced 26 placements at Miss Universe:

Placement Quantity Year
Winner 5 19701985199320012006
1st Runner-Up 2 20052019
2nd Runner-Up 2 19982004
3rd Runner-Up 1 1971
4th Runner-Up 2 19872009
Top 5 or Top 6 5 1995201820222023
Top 10 or Top 12 8 19741980198619971999201020202021
Top 16 or Top 20 2 20112013
Total 26

With 5 crowns, Puerto Rico is the third country with the most winners after United States, which has 9 crowns, and Venezuela, which has 7 crowns.

With 16 placements in the Top 5 or Top 6, Puerto Rico is the fourth country with the most placements in the final group of finalists after United States with 37, Venezuela with 32, and Colombia with 19. Philippines and Brazil also have 16 placements in the Top 5 or Top 6, sharing the fourth position with Puerto Rico. In the fifth position is Sweden with 13 placements in the Top 5 or Top 6 finalists.

With 26 placements in total, Puerto Rico is the sixth country with the most placements after United States with 67, Venezuela with 47, Brazil and Colombia with 39 both, Sweden with 29, and India, Philippines, and South Africa with 27 each. After Puerto Rico, France is in the seventh position with 22 placements.

Puerto Rico has placed consecutively in the last six editions of the international competition, becoming the longest uninterrupted streak in the history of Puerto Rico, and the second longest uninterrupted streak in the international competition currently after United States, which has consecutively placed for the last 13 years.

Representatives

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
  •   Semifinalist in the Top 15 or Top 16
Year Representative Placement Award
2024 TBA TBA
2023 Karla Inelisse Guilfú Acevedo Top 5 Voice For Change (Gold Winner)
2022 Ashley Ann Cariño Barreto Top 5
2021 Michelle Marie Colón Ramírez Top 10
2020 Estefanía Natalia Soto Torres Top 10
2019 Madison Sara Anderson Berrios 1st Runner-Up
2018 Kiara Liz Ortega Delgado Top 5
2017 Danna Hernández Valentín Unplaced
2016 Brenda Azaria Jiménez Hernández Unplaced
Kristhielee Yinaira Caride Santiago Dethroned
2015 Catalina Morales Gómez Unplaced
2014 Gabriela Berrios Pagán Unplaced Miss Photogenic
2013 Monic Marie Pérez Díaz Top 16
2012 Bodine Koehler Peña Unplaced
2011 Viviana Ortíz Peña Top 16
2010 Mariana Paola Vicente Morales Top 10
2009 Mayra Matos Pérez 4th Runner-Up
2008 Ingrid Marie Rivera Santos Unplaced
2007 Uma Blasini Pérez Unplaced
2006 Zuleyka Jerrís Rivera Mendoza Miss Universe 2006
2005 Cynthia Enid Olavarría Rivera 1st Runner-Up
2004 Alba Gisselle Reyes Santos 2nd Runner-Up Miss Photogenic
2003 Carla Tricoli Rodríguez Unplaced Miss Photogenic
2002 Isis Marie Casalduc González Unplaced Miss Photogenic
2001 Denise Marie Quiñones August Miss Universe 2001 Miss Photogenic
2000 Zoraida Isabel Fonalledas Ferraiouli Unplaced

Winners gallery

Miss World

Miss World Puerto Rico
Formation1959
TypeBeauty pageant
Location
Membership
Miss World
Official language
Spanish, English
National Director
Ana E. Aviles
Miss World Puerto Rico
Elena Rivera

History

Puerto Rico debuted in Miss World in 1959, then it 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 Puerto Rico until 1995.

In 1996, Delia Cruz, mother of Miss World Wilnelia Merced Cruz, obtained the franchise and began organizing the Miss Mundo Puerto Rico pageant with Tania Collazo as organizer for a few years before Desiree Lowry, and later on Shanira Blanco.

Placements

Puerto Rico has produced two winners in Miss World 1975 and Miss World 2016, two 2nd runner-ups in 2005 and 2011, and thirteen semifinalists in 1976, 1978, 1980, 1985, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2019, and 2021.

Representatives

For a complete list of the representatives to Miss World

Color Key
  •   Winner of Miss World
  •   Runner-up in the Top 3 or Top 6
  •   Finalist in the Top 10 or Top 15
  •   Semifinalist in the Top 20 or Top 25
  •   Quarterfinalist in the Top 30 or Top 40
Year Representative Placement Award
2024 TBA TBA
2023 Elena Rivera Reyes TBA
2022 Miss World 2021 was rescheduled to 16 March 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in Puerto Rico, no edition started in 2022
2021 Aryam Díaz Rosado Top 40
2020 Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, no pageant in 2020
2019 Daniella Rodríguez Laureano Top 40
2018 Dayanara Martínez Rosado Unplaced
2017 No Candidate 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 Unplaced
2014 Génesis Marie Dávila Pérez Unplaced
2013 Nadyalee Torres López Unplaced
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 Unplaced
2008 Ivonne Marie Orsini López Top 16
2007 Jennifer Guevara Campos Top 16
2006 Thebyam Carrión Álvarez Top 17
2005 Ingrid Marie Rivera Santos 2nd Runner-up Queen of Caribbean
2004 Cassandra Castro Holland Unplaced
2003 Thebyam Carrión Álvarez Top 20
2002 Thebyam Carrión Álvarez Top 20
2001 Bárbara Serrano Negrón Unplaced
2000 Sarybel Velilla Cabeza Unplaced

Gallery of Miss World representatives

Miss International

Miss International Puerto Rico
Formation1960
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersSan Juan
Location
Membership
Miss International
Official language
Spanish
National Director
Miguel René Deliz
Miss International Puerto Rico
Amanda Perez

History

This contest is considered the third most important female beauty event in the world. The Miss Puerto Rico pageant had the rights to this franchise from 1960 to 1997. Then, from 1998 to 2003, the Miss Puerto Rico Tourism pageant, led by Jorge Manrique, and later by former Miss Puerto Rico Tourism and Miss World Puerto Rico Tania Collazo. In 2004, the new Bellezas del Turismo (Tourism Beauties) pageant, also directed by Tania Collazo, obtained the rights until 2006. From 2007 to 2015, the firm Creative Options Inc. chaired by Fernando Oquendo Vega, was in charged of the franchise, which was directed for a while by Desireé Del Río De Jesús, Miss International Puerto Rico 2011. Currently, Nuestra Belleza Puerto Rico (Our Beauty Puerto Rico) organization chaired by Miguel R. Deliz has ownership of the franchise with Miss Supranational Puerto Rico, and Miss Grand Puerto Rico, and Miss Charm Puerto Rico.

Placements

The first Puerto Rican delegate in Miss International was Carmen Sara Látimer, sent in 1960. Since 1960, Puerto Rico has produced two winners in Laurie Simpson in 1987 and Valerie Hernandez in 2014, one 3rd runner-up, and twelve Top 15 finalists.

Representatives

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 12 or Top 15
Year Representative Placement Award
2024 TBA TBA
2023 Amanda Paola Pérez Solís Top 15
2022 Paola Cristina González Torres Unplaced
2021 Natalia Marie Colón Figueroa 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 Unplaced
2017 Beverly Marie Rodríguez De León
Did Not Compete
2016 Gabriela Berríos Pagán Unplaced
2015 Wilmary Monción Román Unplaced
2014 Valerie Hernández Matías Miss International 2014
2013 Ashley Beth Pérez Calderón Top 15
2012 Ashley Michelle Ruiz Rodríguez Unplaced
2011 Desiree Del Rio De Jesús 3rd Runner-Up Miss Active
2010 Aideliz Hidalgo Betances Top 15
2009 Mónica Cristina Pastrana González Unplaced
2008 Miriam Ivette Pabón Carrión Top 12
2007 Haydil Rivera Escobales Top 15
2006 Sharon Haydée Gómez Díaz Top 12
2005 Dinorah Collazo Ortíz Unplaced
2004 Meredith Herrera Morales Unplaced
2003 Dignelis Taymi Jiménez Hernández Unplaced
2002 Mariela Lugo Marín Unplaced
2001 Lorena Otero Pérez Unplaced
2000 Rosiveliz Díaz Rodríguez Unplaced

Winners gallery of Miss International

Miss Earth

Miss Earth Puerto Rico
Formation2001
TypeBeauty pageant
Location
Membership
Miss Earth
Official language
Spanish
National Director
Joe Amhed
Miss Earth Puerto Rico
Bianca Miranda Caraballo

History

The Miss Puerto Rico Universe organization sent representatives to Miss Earth between 2001 and 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 Blanco in 2014, the representative was selected through the Miss Mundo Puerto Rico pageant with the 1st Runner-Up being sent to Miss Earth. In 2018, Vanessa de Roide and Joe Amhed took control of the franchise.

Placements

After years of neglect and not placing, Puerto Rico has managed to significantly improve its standing under the direction of Joe Amhed.

Puerto Rico conquered the crown of Miss Earth with Nellys Pimentel in 2019. By winning the crown, Puerto Rico became one of only five countries to win the four most recognized pageants: Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth. By winning, Puerto Rico also became the first—and the only country currently—to win the six most important beauty international competitions: Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, Miss Earth, Miss Supranational, and Miss Grand International.

Representatives

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
  •   Semifinalist in the Top 20
Year Representative Placement Award
2024 Bianca Nicole Miranda Caraballo TBA
2023 Victoria Arocho Top 12
2022 Paulina Avilés-Feshold Top 8 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Long Gown Competition (Air Group)

2nd place, silver medalist(s) Resort Wear Competition (Air Group) Miss Flavor Cartel

2021 Cristina Mariel Ríos Unplaced 1st place, gold medalist(s) Casual Chic Competition

3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Long Gown Competition

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 Unplaced Miss Pontefino Hotel

3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Talent (Water group)

2017 Karla Victoria Aponte Colón Unplaced Miss JACMI

1st place, gold medalist(s) Swimsuit (Group 3)1st place, gold medalist(s) Long Gown (Group 3)1st place, gold medalist(s) Eco-Video Presentation

2016 No Candidate
2015
2014 Franceska Toro Medina Unplaced 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 Unplaced 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 Unplaced
2010 Yeidy Enid Bosques Pérez 3rd Runner-up Miss Earth Fire
2009 Dignelis Taymí Jiménez Hernández Unplaced Placenta Award
2008 No Candidate
2007
2006 Camille Collazo Ortíz Unplaced
2005 Vanessa de Roide Toledo Top 8 Best in Long Gown

Miss Pond's

2004 Shanira Mariette Blanco Colón Unplaced Miss Leonardo
2003 Norelis Ortiz Acosta Unplaced
2002 Deidre Rodríguez Santiago Unplaced
2001 Amaricelys Reyes Guzmán Unplaced

Winners gallery of Miss Earth

Big Four titleholders

Color key
YEAR MISS UNIVERSE MISS WORLD MISS INTERNATIONAL MISS EARTH
2023 Karla Guilfú
Top 5
Elena Rivera
TBA
Amanda Pérez
Top 15
Victoria Arocho
Top 12
2022 Ashley Cariño
Top 5
No Pageant Held Paola González Paulina Avilés-Feshold
Top 8
2021 Michelle Colón
Top 10
Aryam Díaz
Top 40
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
WINNER
2018 Kiara Ortega
Top 5
Dayanara Martínez Yarelis Salgado Krystal Xamairy
2017 Danna Hernández No Candidate No Candidate Karla Aponte
2016 Brenda Jiménez Stephanie Del Valle
WINNER
Gabriela Berrios No Candidate
2015 Catalina Morales Keysi Vargas Wilmary Monción No Candidate
2014 Gabriela Berrios Genesis Davila Valerie Hernandez
WINNER
Franceska Toro
2013 Monic Pérez
Top 16
Nadyalee Torres Ashley Pérez
Top 15
No Candidate
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
No Candidate
2007 Uma Blasini Jennifer Guevara
Top 16
Haydil Rivera
Top 15
No Candidate
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 No Candidate
1998 Joyce Giraud
2nd Runner-Up
Antonia Alfonso No Candidate
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 No Candidate Yolanda Martínez
1987 Laurie Simpson
4th Runner-Up
No Candidate Laurie Simpson
WINNER
1986 Elizabeth Robison
Top 10
No Candidate Elizabeth Robison
Top 15
1985 Deborah Carthy-Deu
WINNER
Iris Matias
Top 15
No Candidate
1984 Sandra Beauchamp María Rosas No Candidate
1983 Carmen Bátiz Fátima Mustafa No Candidate
1982 Lourdes Mantero Jannette Torres No Candidate
1981 Carmen Lotti Andrenira Ruíz No Candidate
1980 Agnes Tañón
Top 12
Michele Torres
Top 15
No Candidate
1979 Teresa López Daisy López No Candidate
1978 Ada Perkins María Cañizares
Top 15
No Candidate
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 No Candidate
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 No Candidate
1969 Aída Betancourt No Candidate No Candidate
1968 Marylene Carrasquillo No Candidate Elsa Schroeder
1967 Ivonne Coll No Candidate María Seda
1966 Carol Barajadas No Candidate No Pageant Held
1965 Gloria Cobain No Candidate Iraida Palacios
1964 Yolanda Rodríguez No Candidate Zoe Santiago
1963 Jeanette Blascoechea No Candidate Aida Mercado
Top 15
1962 Ana Sosa No Candidate Agnes Toro
1961 Enid del Valle No Candidate Ivette Monagas
1960 No Candidate No Candidate Carmen Latimer
1959 No Candidate Lilie Díaz No Pageant Held
(Established in 1960 in California, United States and then it was transferred in 1968 to Tokyo, Japan).
1958 No Candidate 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 to Florida, United States).


Pageant Placements Best result
Miss Universe 26 Winner (1970 • 1985 • 1993 • 2001 • 2006)
Miss World 17 Winner (1975 • 2016)
Miss International 15 Winner (1987 • 2014)
Miss Earth 6 Winner (2019)
Total 64 10 TITLES

Miss Supranational

Miss Supranational Puerto Rico
Formation2009
TypeBeauty pageant
Location
Membership
Miss Supranational
Official language
Spanish, English
National Director
Miguel René Deliz
Miss Supranational Puerto Rico
Camille Fabery

History

The Miss Supranational representative from Puerto Rico is chosen at the Nuestra Belleza Puerto Rico (Our Beauty Puerto Rico) national beauty pageant. Miss Supranational was established in 2009, but Puerto Rico did not sent a representative for the pageant’s first edition. The first Puerto Rican delegate in Miss Supranational was Ketsia Kamille Payano Diaz, sent in 2010.

Placements

Since 2010, Puerto Rico has produced one winner in Valeria Vazquez Latorre in 2018, one 1st runner-up, one 2nd runner-up, one 4th runner-up, two top 10/12 finalists, and two top 20/25 semi-finalists.

With one winner, one 1st-runner-up, one 2nd runner-up, and one 4th runner-up, Puerto Rico is one of the most successful countries competing at Miss Supranational.

Representatives

Color Key
  •   Winner of Miss Supranational
  •   Runner-up in the Top 3 or Top 5
  •   Finalist in the Top 10 or Top 12
  •   Semifinalist in the Top 20 or Top 25
Year Representative Placement Award
2024 TBA TBA
2023 Camille Fabery Diana Top 12
2022 Ariette Banchs Colón Unplaced
2021 Karla Guilfú Acevedo 1st Runner-Up 1st place, gold medalist(s)Miss Elegance
1st place, gold medalist(s)Miss Top Model Caribbean
2020 Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, no pageant in 2020
2019 Shaleyka Vélez Avilés Top 25
2018 Valeria Vázquez Latorre Miss Supranational 2018
2017 Larissa Santiago 4th Runner-Up
2016 Velmary Cabassa Vélez Unplaced
2015 Nobiraida Infante Bosques Unplaced
2014 Bárbara Marrero Top 10
2013 Desirée del Río de Jesús Top 20 Miss Photogenic
2012 Gabriela Berríos Pagán Top 20
2011 Valery Vélez Cuevas 2nd Runner-Up
2010 Ketsia Payano Díaz Unplaced
2009
No Candidate

Miss Grand International

Miss Grand International Puerto Rico
Formation2013
TypeBeauty pageant
Location
Membership
Miss Grand International
Official language
Spanish, English
National Director
Miguel René Deliz
Miss Grand International Puerto Rico
Cristina Ramos

History

Miss Grand International Puerto Rico is the title of the female beauty contest in Puerto Rico created since 2013 to compete at Miss Grand International. The winner of the title carries it for a period of about a year, and they give meaning and importance to this beauty competition by promoting a stop to war and violence, a campaign which is the slogan of the pageant. The Miss Grand International candidate from Puerto Rico is chosen at the Nuestra Belleza Puerto Rico (Our Beauty Puerto Rico) national beauty pageant.

Placements

The first Puerto Rican delegate to win the international title of Miss Grand International was Janelee Chaparro in 2013 at the pageant’s first edition. Since winning in 2013, Puerto Rico has produced four 3rd runner-ups, three top 10 finalists, and three top 20 semi-finalists.

As of 2023, Puerto Rico is the only nation to have placed in all editions of the pageant, and it is one of the most successful in the competition.

The pageant’s second winner, Miss Grand International 2014, Lees García, is half-Puerto Rican.

In 2023, there were two candidates of Puerto Rican descent participating: Cristina Ramos of Puerto Rico, who finished in the top 20, and Sthephanie Miranda of United States of America, who finished 3rd runner-up.

Representatives

Color Key
  •   Winner of Miss Intercontinental
  •   Runner-up in the Top 3 or Top 5
  •   Finalist in the Top 10
  •   Semi-finalist in the Top 20
Year Representative Placement Award
2024 TBA TBA
2023 Cristina Ramos Ayala Top 20
2022 Oxana Rivera Álvarez Top 10

(5th Runner-Up)

2021 Vivianne Díaz Arroyo 3rd Runner-Up Best in Swimsuit
2020 Fabiola Valentín González Top 10
2019 Hazel Ortíz Méndez Top 10
2018 Nicole Colón Rivera 3rd Runner-Up
2017 Brenda Jiménez Hernández 3rd Runner-Up
2016 Madison Anderson Berrios 3rd Runner-Up
2015 Isamar Campos de Jesús Top 20
2014 Rebeca Valentín García Top 20
2013 Janelee Chaparro Colón Miss Grand International 2013

Miss Intercontinental

Miss Intercontinental Puerto Rico
Formation1971
TypeBeauty pageant
Location
Membership
Miss Intercontinental
Official language
Spanish, English
Miss Intercontinental Puerto Rico
Pamela Ramos

History

Currently, a pageant is not being held to choose the representative of Puerto Rico for Miss Intercontinental. In recent years, the delegate has been chosen from the group of semifinalists in Miss World Puerto Rico.

Placements

The first Puerto Rican delegate to win the international title of Miss Intercontinental was Elizabeth Robinson Latalladi in 1986. Puerto Rico is one of the most successful countries competing in the pageant, having produced three winners, six 1st runner-ups, two 2nd runner-up, one 3rd runner-up, one top 5 runner-up, and nine semi-finalists.

Puerto Rico is the second country with the most winners alongside Brazil, Germany, and Russia, which also have 3 crowns each. Venezuela and United States occupy the first position with 5 winners each.

Since starting in 2008, Puerto Rico is the country with the most Miss North America titles, winning it six times as of 2023. Out of the 15 times the title has been awarded, Puerto Rico has won it 6 times, Mexico 3, United States 2, and Costa Rica, Cuba, Jamaica, and Dominican Republic 1.

Representatives

Color Key
  •   Winner of Miss Intercontinental
  •   Runner-up in the Top 3 or Top 5
  •   Finalist in the Top 10 or Top 12
  •   Semi-finalist in the Top 10, Top 15, or Top 20
Year Representative Placement Award
2024 TBA TBA
2023 Pamela Marie Ramos Rodríguez Top 22
2022 Mariela Pepín Solís 1st Runner-Up Miss North America
2021
No Candidate
2020 Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, no pageant in 2020
2019 Daileen Marie Vega Colón Unplaced
2018 Yanelie Marie Santiago Castro Unplaced
2017 Josmarie Soto Mercado Unplaced
2016 Heilymar Rosario Velázquez Miss Intercontinental 2016 Miss North America
2015 Suzette Eunice Rivera Sañes Top 17
2014 Keysi Marie Vargas Vélez Top 16
2013 Aleyda Enid Ortiz Rodríguez 1st Runner-Up Miss North America
2012 Génesis María Dávila Pérez 1st Runner-Up Miss North America
2011 Chanty Marie Vargas Meléndez Top 15
2010 Maydelise Columna Rodríguez Miss Intercontinental 2010 Miss North America
2009 Rosana Prado Meléndez 2nd Runner-Up Miss North America
2008 No Candidate
2007
2006 Vanessa Zayda Claudio Rodríguez 1st Runner-Up
2005 Saritza Alvarado Marrero Top 5
2004 Angieliz Vázquez Collazo Unplaced
2003 No Candidate
2002 Yarissa Marie Tolentino Top 12 Miss AYK Beauty Award
2001
No Candidate
2000 Yormarie Ortíz Medina Top 12
1999 Miredys Peguero Vega 1st Runner-Up Miss Internet
1998
No Candidate
1997 Olga García Top 10
1996
No Candidate
1995
1994
1993
1992
Unknown
1991
1990 Elba Morales Borges 3rd Runner-Up
1989 Iris Acosta Unplaced
1988 Laurie Tamara Simpson Rivera 1st Runner-Up
1987
Unknown
1986 Elizabeth Robinson Latalladi Miss Intercontinental 1986
1985
Unknown
1984
1983 Carmen Batiz Vergara Unplaced Miss Photogenic
1982 Mary Rodríguez Top 12
1981 Emeshe Huhaz Alvarado Unplaced
1980
Unknown
1979 Unidentified Top 12
1978 Ada Cecille Perkins 2nd Runner-Up
1977 Myrna Ocasio Unplaced
1976
Unknown
1975
1974 Maritza Motta Unplaced
1973 Aida Igaravidez López Unplaced
1972
Unknown
1971

Miss Global

Miss Global Puerto Rico
Formation2013
TypeBeauty pageant
Location
Membership
Miss Global
Official language
Spanish, English
Miss Global Puerto Rico
Ediris Joan Rivera

History

The Miss Global candidate from Puerto Rico is chosen at the Miss Earth Puerto Rico national beauty pageant, which is directed by Joe Amhed. Puerto Rico was represented for the first time in the competition’s 2023 edition by Ashley Meléndez, who competed against 69 other delegates and ended up winning the international title.

Placements

The first Puerto Rican delegate to win the international title of Miss Global was Ashley Meléndez in January of 2024 at the pageant’s 2023 edition. She is the first candidate from Puerto Rico to have participated in the pageant, making her one of the few women in history who have won an international beauty pageant title as a debuting delegate.

Representatives

Color Key
  •   Winner of Miss Intercontinental
  •   Runner-up in the Top 3 or Top 5
  •   Finalist in the Top 10
  •   Semi-finalist in the Top 20
Year Representative Placement Award
2024 Ediris Joan Rivera TBA
2023 Ashley Meléndez Miss Global 2023
2022
No Candidate
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013

Next Big Four titleholders

Color key
YEAR MISS SUPRANATIONAL MISS GRAND INTERNATIONAL MISS INTERCONTINENTAL MISS GLOBAL
2023 Camille Fabery
Top 12
Cristina Ramos
Top 20
Pamela Ramos
Top 22
Ashley Meléndez
WINNER
2022 Ariette Banchs Oxana Rivera
5th Runner-Up
Mariela Pepín
1st Runner-up
No Candidate
2021 Karla Guilfú
1st Runner-Up
Vivianne Díaz
3rd Runner-Up
No Candidate No Candidate
2020 No Pageant Held Fabiola Valentín
Top 10
No Pageant Held No Pageant Held
2019 Shaleyka Vélez
Top 25
Hazel Ortíz
Top 10
Daileen Vega No Candidate
2018 Valeria Vázquez
WINNER
Nicole Colón
3rd Runner-Up
Yanelie Santiago No Candidate
2017 Larissa Santiago
4th Runner-Up
Brenda Jiménez
3rd Runner-Up
Josmarie Soto No Candidate
2016 Velmary Cabassa Madison Anderson
3rd Runner-Up
Heilymar Rosario
WINNER
No Candidate
2015 Nobiraida Infante Isamar de Jesús
Top 20
Suzette Rivera
Top 20
No Candidate
2014 Barbara Madero
Top 10
Rebeca Valentín
Top 20
Keysi Vargas
Top 16
No Candidate
2013 Desirée del Río
Top 20
Janelee Chaparro
WINNER
Aleyda Ortíz
1st Runner-Up
No Candidate
2012 Gabriela Berrios
Top 20
No Pageant Held
(Established in 2013 in Thailand).
Genesis Dávila
1st Runner-Up
No Pageant Held
(Established in 2013 in California, and then it was transferred to Vietnam).
2011 Valery Veléz
2nd Runner-Up
Chanty Vargas
Top 15
2010 Ketsia Payano Maydelise Columna
WINNER
2009 No Candidate Rosana Padro
2nd Runner-Up
2008 No Pageant Held
(Established in 2009 in Poland).
No Candidate
2007 No Candidate
2006 Vanessa Claudio
1sr Runner-Up
2005 Saritza Alvarado
Top 5
2004 Angieliz Vázquez
2003 No Candidate
2002 Yarissa Tolentino
Top 12
2001 No Candidate
2000 Yormarie Ortíz
Top 12
1999 Miredys Peguero
1st Runner-Up
1998 No Candidate
1997 Olga García
Top 10
1996 No Candidate
1995 No Candidate
1994 No Candidate
1993 No Candidate
1992 Unknown
1991 Unknown
1990 Elba Morales  
3rd Runner-Up
1989 Iris Acosta
1988 Laurie Simpson
1st Runner-Up
1987 Unknown
1986 Elizabeth Robinson
WINNER
1985 Unknown
1984 Unknown
1983 Carmen Batiz
1982 Mary Rodríguez
Top 12
1981 Emeshe Huhaz
1980 Unknown
1979 Unidentified
Top 12
1978 Ada Perkins
2nd Runner-Up
1977 Myrna Ocasio
1976 Unknown
1975 Unknown
1974 Maritza Motta
1973 Ada Igaravidez
1972 Unknown
1971 Unknown
1970 No Pageant Held
(Established in Panama and Germany in 1971).


Pageant Placements Best result
Miss Supranational 9 Winner (2018)
Miss Grand International 11 Winner (2013)
Miss Intercontinental 22 Winner (1986 • 2010 • 2016)
Miss Global 1 Winner (2023)
Total 43 6 TITLES
  • Note: Miss Intercontinental- Puerto Rico has placed 22 times during the course of the pageant, but the exact number of placements is unknown because several years are missing official results.

Current franchise holders

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

Crossovers

Hostings

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

Miss America

Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Program

Miss Puerto Rico
Formation1937
TypeScholarship Pageant
HeadquartersSan Juan
Location
Membership
Miss America
Official language
Spanish and English
Websitemisspr.org

Puerto Rico sends a delegate to the Miss America competition.[4] 2010 was the first time Puerto Rico had done so since 1961.

Representatives

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
2024 TBA TBA TBA

References

  1. ^ Montcourt, Nahira (2019-12-08). "Memoria Viva: La búsqueda incansable de la belleza puertorriqueña". Noticel. Retrieved 2020-04-29.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Vanessa de Roide será la directora del Miss Earth Puerto Rico" (in Spanish). RevistaRonda.net. September 5, 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Miss America : Press Releases". Archived from the original on July 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-14.

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