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Miss Universe 2001
Denise Quiñones
DateMay 11, 2001
VenueColiseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón, Puerto Rico
  • Slovenia
  • Australia
  • Belize
  • Denmark
  • Great Britain
  • Guam
  • Hong Kong
  • Mauritius
  • Namibia
  • Saint Martin
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Curaçao
  • Nicaragua
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Turkey
  • United States Virgin Islands
WinnerDenise Quiñones
 Puerto Rico
CongenialityNakera Simms
Best National CostumeKim Sa-rang
 South Korea
PhotogenicDenise Quiñones
 Puerto Rico
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Miss Universe 2001 was the 50th anniversary of the Miss Universe pageant, held at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico on 11 May 2001.

At the end of the event, Lara Dutta of India crowned Denise Quiñones of Puerto Rico as Miss Universe 2001. It is Puerto Rico's fourth victory in the history of the pageant.

Contestants from seventy-seven countries competed in this pageant. The competition was hosted by Elle Macpherson and Naomi Campbell, Todd Newton acted as backstage correspondent, while Miss Universe 1997 provided commentary for the whole event. Ricky Martin and La Ley performed in this edition.


Selection of participants


Poland was supposed to be represented by the 1st runner-up of Miss Polonia, Malgorzata Rozniecka. Studies prevented her from going, and the organization picked another finalist, Monika Gruda. Later in September, Malgorzata Rozniecka won the Miss International pageant in Japan. The organization invited Miss Russia 2001, Oxana Fedorova, to attend the pageant, but she was unable to compete due to studies and vowed to participate in 2002. Her 1st runner-up, Oxana Kalandyrets, competed instead and became a top 10 finalist. Fedorova would go on to win the following year's Miss Universe pageant, only to be dethroned and replaced with her runner-up four months later.[1] Miss Spain 2001, Lorena van Heerde Ayala, could not compete in the pageant because she was underage (17 at the time). Her 1st runner-up, Eva Sisó, replaced her. Lorena was supposed then to compete in Miss Universe 2002 as well, but after a threat of lawsuit against the Miss España Organization by her family side due to the breach of contract by the organization,[2] she cut all ties with the Miss España organization and lost the right to represent Spain in any international pageant.[3]

Controversies during the pageant

France, Élodie Gossuin who would later win Miss Europe, faced controversy when it was rumoured that she was a transsexual, until a medical examination confirmed that she was a natural-born woman.[4][5][6]

Juliana Borges of Brazil was heavily criticized after openly admitting to the media that she had undergone nineteen plastic surgeries, stating "It's like studying for a math exam and you get good grades... you study and you work hard to have the perfect body". Despite a public outcry she was still allowed to compete.[7]



Placement Contestant
Miss Universe 2001
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10

Special awards

Award Winner
Miss Photogenic
Miss Congeniality
Best National Costume


Countries and territories which sent delegates and results for Miss Universe 2001

Seventy-seven contestants competed for the title.

Country/Territory Contestant Age[a] Hometown
Angola Angola Hidianeth Cussema 19 Cuíto
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda Janil Bird 22
Argentina Argentina Romina Incicco 18 Buenos Aires
Aruba Aruba Denise Balinge 21
The Bahamas Bahamas Nakera Simms 22
Belgium Belgium Dina Tersago 22 Puurs
Bolivia Bolivia Claudia Arano 19 Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Botswana Botswana Mataila Sikwane 23 Gaborone
Brazil Brazil Juliana Borges 22 Santa Maria
British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands Kacy Frett 19
Bulgaria Bulgaria Ivaila Bakalova 19 Varna
Canada Canada Cristina Rémond 20 Montreal
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands Jacqueline Bush 25 George Town
Chile Chile Carolina Gámez 19 Santiago
Colombia Colombia Andrea Nocetti 23 Cartagena
Costa Rica Costa Rica Paola Calderón 20 Guanacaste
Croatia Croatia Maja Cecić-Vidoš 20 Rijeka
Curaçao Curaçao Fatima St. Jago 22 Willemstad
Cyprus Cyprus Stella Demetriou 21
Czech Republic Czech Republic Petra Kocarova 22 South Moravia
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Claudia Cruz de los Santos 18 San Juan
Ecuador Ecuador Jessica Bermudez 23 Guayaquil
Egypt Egypt Sarah Shaheen 19 Cairo
El Salvador El Salvador Diana Betsy Guerrero 22
Estonia Estonia Inna Roos[8] 19 Tallinn
Finland Finland Heidi Willman 19 Jyväskylä
France France Élodie Gossuin[9] 20 Reims
Germany Germany Claudia Bechstein 22 Thuringia
Ghana Ghana Precious Agyare 18 Accra
Greece Greece Evelina Papantoniou 22 Athens
Guatemala Guatemala Rosa María Castañeda 20 Chiquimula
Honduras Honduras Olenka Fuschich 21 Yoro
Hungary Hungary Agnes Helbert 21
India India Celina Jaitly 21 Shimla
Republic of Ireland Ireland Lesley Turner 19 Newport
Israel Israel Ilanit Levy 18 Rehovot
Italy Italy Stefania Maria 20 Lombardy
Jamaica Jamaica Zahra Burton 21 Kingston
Japan Japan Misao Arauchi 19 Aomori
Lebanon Lebanon Sandra Rizk[10] 19 Koura District
Malaysia Malaysia Tung Mei Chin 20 Kuantan
Malta Malta Rosalie Thewma 19 Birżebbuġa
Mexico Mexico Jacqueline Bracamontes 21 Guadalajara
Netherlands Netherlands Reshma Roopram 22 South Holland
New Zealand New Zealand Kateao Nehua[11] 19 Ngātiwai
Nicaragua Nicaragua Ligia Cristina Argüello 21 Managua
Nigeria Nigeria Agbani Darego 18 Lagos
Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands Janet King 24 Tinian
Norway Norway Linda Marshall 22 Buskerud
Panama Panama Ivette Cordovez 21 Panama City
Paraguay Paraguay Rosemary Brítez 21 Caazapá
Peru Peru Viviana Rivasplata 23 Lambayeque
Philippines Philippines Zorayda Ruth Andam[12] 24 Baguio
Poland Poland Monika Gruda 19 Masovia
Portugal Portugal Telma Santos 19 Lisbon
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Denise Quiñones 20 Ponce
Russia Russia Oksana Kalandyrets 20 Khanty-Mansi
Singapore Singapore Jaime Teo 24 Singapore
Slovakia Slovakia Zuzana Baštúrová 19 Revúca
Slovenia Slovenia Minka Alagič 21 Maribor
South Africa South Africa Jo-Ann Strauss 20 Cape Town
South Korea South Korea Kim Sa-rang 23 Seoul
Spain Spain Eva Sisó 21 Soses
Sweden Sweden Malin Olsson 19 Skattungbyn
Switzerland Switzerland Mahara McKay 19 Zurich
Taiwan Taiwan Hsin Ting Chiang 21 Taipei
Thailand Thailand Varinthorn Phadoongvithee 24 Nonthaburi
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Alexia Charlerie 24 Tunapuna–Piarco
Turkey Turkey Sedef Avcı 19 Adana
Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Shereen Novie Gardiner 19
Ukraine Ukraine Yuliya Linova 23 Zaporizhzhia
United States United States Kandace Krueger 24 Austin
Uruguay Uruguay Carla Piaggio 25 Montevideo
United States Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands Lisa Hasseba Wynne 26
Venezuela Venezuela Eva Ekvall[13] 18 Caracas
Serbia and Montenegro Yugoslavia Ana Janković 19
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Tsungai Muswerakuenda 23 Harare


  1. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant


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  3. ^ "Lorena van Heerde: 'Aunque habían enviado mi documentación a Miss Universo, sabían que no pensaba ir'". April 11, 2002. Archived from the original on July 26, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  4. ^ "Could reigning Miss France be a monsieur?". Archived from the original on April 29, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
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  6. ^ "Miss France may be Mister". Archived from the original on November 2, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  7. ^ "Miss Brazil's Plastic Surgery". Archived from the original on August 4, 2020. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  8. ^ "MISS ESTONIA 2001: Eesti kauneim on Inna Roos". Eesti Päevaleht. March 9, 2001. Archived from the original on July 6, 2022. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
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  10. ^ "Miss Lebanon 2000 Announced". Al Bawaba. September 23, 2000. Archived from the original on July 6, 2022. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  11. ^ "How a Māori beauty queen shunned Donald Trump". Māori Television. October 25, 2016. Archived from the original on July 6, 2022. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  12. ^ Lo, Ricky (September 24, 2001). "Who will bring home the crown?". Philippine Star. Archived from the original on September 20, 2021. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  13. ^ "Former Miss Venezuela dies of breast cancer at 28". Reuters. December 19, 2011. Archived from the original on December 11, 2022. Retrieved December 11, 2022.

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