Marianne Cruz

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Marianne Cruz
Beauty pageant titleholder
Marianne Dominican.jpg
Marianne Cruz at Miss Universe 2008
Born Marianne Cruz Gonzalez
(1985-04-23) April 23, 1985 (age 30)
Salcedo, Hermanas Mirabal Province, Dominican Republic
Height 5 ft 11.5 in (1.82 m)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Continente Americano 2007
Miss Dominican Republic 2008
Miss Dominican Republic 2007
(1st Runner-Up)
Miss Dominican Republic 2008
(Best Face)
Miss Continente Americano 2007
Miss Universe 2008
(2nd Runner-Up)
Spouse Juan Rafael Fabián (m. 2012)

Marianne Cruz González (April 23, 1985 in Salcedo) is a Dominican news presenter, model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Dominican Republic 2008 and represented her country at Miss Universe 2008.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Salcedo, Marianne is the youngest of three sisters. Her parents got divorced when she was young.

At the age of 16, Cruz began mountain climbing. She has climbed the highest elevation of the West Indies, The Pico Duarte, in Dominican Republic. Cruz is studying fashion design at Santo Domingo, and is the voice of many charity campaigns in Dominican Republic.

On July 14, 2012, Cruz married longtime boyfriend Juan Rafael Fabián in the Dominican Republic.

Beauty Pageants[edit]

Miss Dominican Republic 2007[edit]

She participated in the Miss Dominican Republic 2007 beauty pageant. Despite her popularity, and her being the favorite candidate during the competition, she lost to Massiel Taveras the candidate from the province of Santiago.

Miss Continente Americano[edit]

Later on Cruz went on to participate in the Miss Continente Americano 2007 beauty pageant. Cruz was declared the winner of Miss Continente Americano 2007 and was crowned by Mia Taveras of the Dominican Republic, becoming the first Miss Continente Americano to be crowned by a compatriot.

Miss Dominican Republic 2008[edit]

After competing once again for the title of Miss Dominican Republic, 22-year-old Marianne Cruz became Miss Dominican Republic 2008, receiving the crown from Massiel Taveras, Miss Dominican Republic Universe 2007 and gaining the right to represent the Dominican Republic at Miss Universe 2008.

Miss Universe 2008[edit]

After winning, she represented the Dominican Republic at Miss Universe 2008, where she finished as 2nd Runner-Up. This is the third highest position Dominican Republic has gotten in Miss Universe after Ada de la Cruz (Cruz' successor) placed 1st Runner-Up at Miss Universe 2009 and Amelia Vega won Miss Universe 2003. Cruz was also the second woman representing the Dominican Republic to place 2nd-Runner Up (the 1st was Renata Soñé in 2005).

Career in media[edit]

Cruz has appeared in several magazines and has been hosting special events. She has been on some fashion runways and had a special appearance on Premios Cassandra and in the Dominican movie Playball.

She has done several photoshoots for Dominican International fashion photographers.


  1. ^ "Miss Venezuela wins Miss Universe pageant". Fox News Channel. 13 July 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Venezuela Ly Jonaitis
Miss Universe 2nd Runner-Up
Succeeded by
Kosovo Marigona Dragusha
Preceded by
Massiel Taveras
Miss Dominican Republic
Succeeded by
Ada de la Cruz
Preceded by
Dominican Republic Mía Taveras
Miss Continente Americano
Succeeded by
Mexico Lupita González
Preceded by
Mía Taveras
Miss Continente Americano Dominican Republic
Succeeded by
Mariel Sabogal