Mariasela Álvarez

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Mariasela Álvarez
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Mariasela Alvarez Lebrón
(1960-01-31) January 31, 1960 (age 54)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Señorita República Dominicana Mundo 1982
Miss World 1982
Major
competition(s)
Señorita República Dominicana 1982
(Miss República Dominicana Mundo)
Miss World 1982
(Winner)
(Miss World Americas)

Mariasela Alvarez Lebrón (born January 31, 1960 in Santo Domingo) is a Dominican beauty pageant titleholder, talk show host, and architect who was crowned Miss World 1982. She became the first Dominican woman to win an international beauty title. Álvarez achieved much popularity in her native country, due to her long career on television, which included a successful eight-year run with her award-winning show Esta Noche Mariasela. She is also an accomplished architect who has designed important buildings in the Dominican Republic.

Career[edit]

The native of Santo Domingo, the Dominican capital, was crowned the 32nd Miss World, on November 18, 1982 at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

At the end of her term as Miss World, she returned to her country and finished her studies of architecture at the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD). Álvarez has designed many buildings in her home country, including one of Santo Domingo's landmarks, the Torre Cristal, where the telephone company Codetel has one of its commercial branches.[1]

In 1991, she engaged in the television business and hosted her own weekly talk show Con los Ojos Abiertos (lit. "With Open Eyes"), which she co-hosted at the beginning with Milagros Germán Olalla, Miss Dominican Republic 1980.

In 1996 she opened her own television production company, Maralva, S. A., which produced four miniseries for eight years in Esta Noche Mariasela (Tonight Mariasela), a variety weekly show of two hours, winner of the Casandra Award four times for the Best Special Television Show.

In 2004 Álvarez relocated to Madrid with her Spanish husband, well known hotelier Alberto del Pino,[2] and since 2005 she has been producing the shows Esta Noche Mariasela (lit. "Mariasela Tonight") and Esta Tarde Mariasela (lit. "Mariasela This Afternoon") for Popular TV, an UHF channel property of COPE, the second largest radio broadcast station in Spain.[3]

Family[edit]

Until late 2011, Álvarez was married to Sergio Alberto Fernández-del Pino Fernández for 27 years. They had four children: Andrés Alberto Fernández del Pino Álvarez, Chantal Fernández del Pino Álvarez, Rebeca Fernández del Pino Álvarez, Emmanuel Fernández del Pino Álvarez.[4] She is the niece of Mariano Lebrón Saviñón.

Community work[edit]

Álvarez founded Hogar Mariololy in 1993, through the Eva Lebrón de Álvarez Foundation, created in honor of her mother.[5] She also founded the Casa Rosada of Santo Domingo, a home run by the Congregation of Las Hijas de la Caridad, for orphans and HIV children.[6]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Venezuela Pilín León
Miss World Americas
1982
Succeeded by
Colombia Rocío Isabel Luna
Preceded by
Josefina Maria Cuello Perez
Señorita República Dominicana Mundo
1982
Succeeded by
Yonoris Maribel Estrella Florentino