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Miss Universe 2002
Date29 May 2002
Presenters
EntertainmentMarc Anthony
VenueColiseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico
BroadcasterCBS
Entrants75
Placements10
Debuts
  • Albania
  • China
Withdrawals
  • Argentina
  • Botswana
  • Lebanon
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • Paraguay
  • Taiwan
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Zimbabwe
Returns
  • Australia
  • Guyana
  • Kenya
  • Mauritius
  • Namibia
Winner
CongenialityMerlisa Rhonda George (United States Virgin Islands)
Best National CostumeVanessa Mendoza (Colombia)
PhotogenicIsis Casalduc (Puerto Rico)
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Miss Universe 2002 was the 51st Miss Universe pageant, held at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 29 May 2002.

At the end of the event, Denise Quiñones of Puerto Rico crowned Oxana Fedorova of Russia as Miss Universe 2002.[1] This was the first time that Russia had been crowned Miss Universe.

Fedorova had her title removed four months later as she could not travel to fulfill her duties, and first runner-up Justine Pasek of Panama took over the Miss Universe title.[2] To date, the 2002 pageant is the only time that the 1st runner-up assumed the title when the reigning Miss Universe could not fulfill her duties.

Contestants from seventy-five countries competed in this pageant. The competition was hosted by Phil Simms and Daisy Fuentes, and Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee was the backstage correspondent. Marc Anthony performed at this pageant. This was also the last Miss Universe edition to be aired on CBS.

Background

Coliseo Roberto Clemente, Miss Universe 2002 venue

Location and date

In December 2001, Jorge Santini, then-mayor of San Juan and Miss Universe 2001 Denise Quiñones attended at a news conference in San Juan where it was announced that the 2002 pageant will be held in Puerto Rico for the second consecutive year. The city of San Juan was chosen as the venue of the pageant from eight other cities.[3]

Selection of participants

Seventy-five countries and territories competed in the pageant. One candidate was appointed to her position to replace the original winner.

Replacements

Lorena Ayala, the winner of Miss España 2001 pageant, cut all ties with the Miss España organization and lost the right to represent Spain in any international pageant after a threat of a lawsuit against the Miss España Organization by her family, due to a contract breach with the organization. Ayala was replaced with the new Miss España 2002, Vania Millán at the request of the Miss Universe Organization.[4][5]

Debuts and withdrawals

The 2002 edition saw the debuts of Albania and China,[6] and the returns of Kenya who last competed in Miss Universe 1995, Guyana who last competed in Miss Universe 1999, and Australia. Mauritius. and Namibia who last competed in Miss Universe 2000. Karen Russell of Belize and Yana Booth of Great Britain withdrew due to a change of the local franchise holder.[7][8] Christina Sawaya, Miss Lebanon 2001, withdrew due to her support of the Second Intifada, stating that she couldn't compete with Miss Israel 2002, Yamit Har-Noy at the pageant.[9] Euwonka Selver of the Turks and Caicos Islands had her title removed a few weeks before leaving for the pageant, and the organization didn't replace her. Shirley Yeung of Hong Kong, Loredana Zammit of Malta, and Gabriela Riquelme of Paraguay withdrew after their respective organizations lost their licenses. Hong Kong began sending their candidates to Miss China in 2003. Argentina, Barbados, Botswana, New Zealand, and Taiwan withdrew after their respective organizations failed to hold a national competition or appoint a delegate.

Oxana Fedorova, the original winner

Dethronement of Oxana Fedorova

On September 2002, four months after winning Miss Universe, Fedorova was stripped off her title, making her the first Miss Universe to be dethroned during her reign.[10][11] According to then-president of the Miss Universe Organization Paula Shugart, Fedorova was not able to fulfill her duties as she needed to spend a lot of time in Russia.[12] Fedorova was expected to travel extensively and make personal appearances as part of her duties, but she declined to participate in some of those assignments, including the 2002 Miss Teen USA pageant.[11]

In an interview with Russian TV Channel 2, Fedorova revealed that she was surprised when the Miss Universe Organization described her resignation as a dethronement, and that the decision to give the crown to someone else was up to her. According to Fedorova, the reason why she spent so much time in Russia was because of her education. Fedorova is a police lieutenant in Russia, and at the time she was Miss Universe, she was finishing her dissertation at the Academy of Internal Affairs which she defended in October of the same year.[13] Fedorova also refuted speculations that she is pregnant because she is not yet married.[13][14]

First runner-up Justine Pasek was crowned as Miss Universe 2002 at a press conference in New York City when she was crowned by Donald Trump himself.[15]

Results

Miss Universe 2002 participating countries and territories

Placements

Placement Contestant
Miss Universe 2002
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

Placement Contestant
Winner
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up

Pageant

Selection committee

Final telecast

Contestants

Seventy-five contestants competed for the title.

Country/Territory Contestant Age[a] Hometown
Albania Albania Anisa Kospiri 19 Tirana
Angola Angola Giovana Leite[20] 18 Luanda
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda Aisha Ralph[21] 24 St. John's
Aruba Aruba Deyanira Frank 23 San Nicolaas
Australia Australia Sarah Davies[22] 19 Brisbane
The Bahamas The Bahamas Nadia Albury[23] 21 Nassau
Belgium Belgium Ann Van Elsen[24] 22 Mol
Bolivia Bolivia Paola Coimbra[25] 21 Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Brazil Brazil Joseane Oliveira[26] 20 Canoas
British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands Anestasia Tonge 18 Tortola
Bulgaria Bulgaria Elina Georgieva 19 Sofia
Canada Canada Neelam Verma[27] 26 Montreal
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands Shannon McLean 24 East End
Chile Chile Nicole Rencoret[28] 25 Santiago
China China Zhuo Ling[29] 19 Shanghai
Colombia Colombia Vanessa Mendoza[30] 20 Unguía
Costa Rica Costa Rica Merilyn Villalta[31] 22 Cartago
Croatia Croatia Ivana Paris[32] 18 Pazin
Curaçao Curaçao Ayanette Statia 19 Willemstad
Cyprus Cyprus Demetra Eleftheriou 19 Nicosia
Czech Republic Czech Republic Diana Kobzanová[33] 20 Roudná
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Ruth Ocumárez[34] 20 Santo Domingo
Ecuador Ecuador Isabel Ontaneda-Pinto[35] 23 Quito
Egypt Egypt Sally Shaheen[36] 24 Cairo
El Salvador El Salvador Elisa Sandoval[37] 22 San Salvador
Estonia Estonia Jana Tafenau[38] 19 Tallinn
Finland Finland Janette Broman 20 Lieto
France France Sylvie Tellier 20 Nantes
Germany Germany Natascha Börger[39] 21 Bönningstedt
Ghana Ghana Stephanie Walkins-Fia 22 Accra
Greece Greece Lena Paparigopoulou 21 Athens
Guatemala Guatemala Carina Velasquez 21 Zacapa
Guyana Guyana Mia Rahaman[21] 22 Georgetown
Honduras Honduras Erika Ramirez 18 Atlántida
Hungary Hungary Edit Friedl 23 Budapest
India India Neha Dhupia 21 Delhi
Republic of Ireland Ireland Lisa O'Sullivan 20 South Dublin
Israel Israel Yamit Har-Noy 20 Oranit
Italy Italy Anna Rigon 23 Vicenza
Jamaica Jamaica Sanya Hughes[21] 19 Kingston
Japan Japan Mina Chiba 24 Tokyo
Kenya Kenya Julie Njeru 19 Laikipia
Malaysia Malaysia Karen Lit Eit Ang 25 Kuching
Mauritius Mauritius Karen Alexandre 22 Port Louis
Mexico Mexico Ericka Cruz 20 Mérida
Namibia Namibia Michelle Heitha 26 Windhoek
Netherlands Netherlands Kim Kötter 19 Losser
Nicaragua Nicaragua Marianela Lacayo 21 Managua
Nigeria Nigeria Chinenye Ochuba 18 Lagos
Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands Virginia Gridley[40] 22 Chalan Kanoa
Norway Norway Hege Hatlo[41] 21 Rogaland
Panama Panama Justine Pasek 22 Panama City
Peru Peru Adriana Zubiate[42] 20 Callao
Philippines Philippines Karen Loren Agustín[43] 19 Manila
Poland Poland Joanna Dozdrowska[44] 23 Szczecin
Portugal Portugal Iva Lamarão[45] 19 Ovar
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Isis Casalduc 21 Utuado
Russia Russia Oxana Fedorova 24 Saint Petersburg
Singapore Singapore Nuraliza Osman 25 Singapore
Slovakia Slovakia Eva Džodlová[46] 19 Prešov
Slovenia Slovenia Iris Mulej[47] 20 Kranj
South Africa South Africa Vanessa Carreira 22 Boksburg
South Korea South Korea Kim Min-kyoung 20 Seoul
Spain Spain Vania Millan[4] 24 Almería
Sweden Sweden Malou Hansson 19 Järfälla
Switzerland Switzerland Jennifer Ann Gerber 20 Aargau
Thailand Thailand Janjira Janchome 19 Phitsanulok
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Nasma Mohammed[21] 23 Princes Town
Turkey Turkey Çağla Kubat 23 İzmir
Ukraine Ukraine Liliana Gorova 20 Kyiv
United States United States Shauntay Hinton[48] 23 Washington, D.C.
United States Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands Merlisa Rhonda George 26 Saint Croix
Uruguay Uruguay Fiorella Fleitas 20 Canelones
Venezuela Venezuela Cynthia Lander 19 Caracas
Serbia and Montenegro Yugoslavia Slađana Božović 21 Kragujevac

Notes

  1. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant

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