Miss Dominican Republic (Spanish: Miss República Dominicana) is a pageant where women ranging from the ages of 18 to 27 compete, each representing a Dominicanprovince, city, or community. In 2003, the pageant was split into four organizations with four separate national pageants: Miss República Dominicana Universo, Miss Mundo Dominicana, Miss Tierra República Dominicana, and Reina Nacional de Belleza Miss República Dominicana to represent Dominican Republic in the four major international pageants namely Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss Earth, and Miss International. In 2011, Reina Nacional de Belleza also obtained the national franchise for Miss World.
In 2013, all Dominicans contests organizations unite to become one to be the Concurso Nacional de Belleza de la República Dominicana to be held in 2014 and beyond.
Miss Dominican Republic has been responsible for crowning the most beautiful, most poised and intelligent young Dominican women since 1927. In 1956, the pageant was officially restarted after crowning models from 1952 until 1955. In 1956, Olga Fiallo from Santiago won, making the Dominican Republic's first representative to Miss Universe. In 1966, the Concurso Nacional de Belleza Dominicana lost its Miss Universe rights for only one year but on that same year it gained their Miss World franchise sending the winner of that year, Jeanette Dotel from San Juan as their first representative. In 1967, the organization officially decided that the Winner would go to Miss Universe, First Runner-up would enter Miss World and Second Runner-up to a Festival of Latin Beauties in South America. The MRD organization had acquired the Miss International rights, but the organization would only send a representative if the budget allowed them. It wasn't until 1980, were they decided that the Second Runner-up would enter either in Miss International, Reinado Nacional del Café or Miss América Latina. In 1989 until 2000, the official Second Runner-up would enter Miss International, the Third Runner-up would enter Reinado Nacional del Café and the Fourth Runner-up would enter Miss América Latina.
Since 2003, the representatives of Dominican Republic for the four major international pageants are selected by four different organizations. Miss República Dominicana Universo, managed by Magali Febles, sends the winner to the Miss Universe, Miss Mundo Dominicana winner vies in Miss World, Miss Tierra República Dominicana winner competes in Miss Earth, while the winner of Reina Nacional de Belleza Miss República Dominicana competes in Miss International. In 2010, the representative in Miss World was handpicked by Miss Mundo Dominicana. In 2011, Reina Nacional de Belleza acquired the national franchise for Miss World Dominican Republic in addition to Miss International Dominican Republic.
In 2013, the organization of Miss República Dominicana have all the "Grand Slam Pageants", with 15 franchises in international competitions, the 15 finalists will go on to represent the Dominican Republic.
In 2009, there has been a huge involvement of the organization in regional pageants. There is right now 6 regional pageants.
For the first time, Miss Dominican Republic organization, will have auditions / contests in all the provinces except the province of Santo Domingo, because of its huge population, the 3 metropolitan municipalities have auditions / contests. The pageants are:
Miss Distrito Nacional
Miss El Seibo
Miss Elías Piña
Miss Guerra-Boca Chica
Miss Hato Mayor
Miss Hermanas Mirabal
Miss La Altagracia
Miss La Romana
Miss La Vega
Miss Los Alcarrizos
Miss María Trinidad Sánchez
Miss Monseñor Nouel
Miss Monte Cristi
Miss Monte Plata
Miss Pedro Brand
Miss Puerto Plata
Miss San Cristóbal
Miss San José de Ocoa
Miss San Juan
Miss San Pedro de Macorís
Miss Sánchez Ramírez
Miss Santiago Rodríguez
Miss Santo Domingo Este
Miss Santo Domingo Norte
Miss Santo Domingo Oeste
Miss Valverde Dominican Communities Abroad
Miss Comunidad Dominicana en Estados Unidos
Miss Comunidad Dominicana en Puerto Rico
Miss Comunidad Dominicana en Venezuela
Miss Mundo Dominicana is a pageant that was made 2003 until 2013. Since 1956 they crowned Miss Dominican Republic, Miss Dominican World and Reina Nacional de Belleza Miss República Dominicana together. Then they split up in 2003. In 2011, the Miss Dominican Republic World was given to Dominican designer Diany Mota, along with Miss Dominican Republic International.
Miss Dominican Republic International winners
Reina Nacional de Belleza Miss República Dominicana is a pageant that was made 2003. Since 1962 they crowned Miss Dominican Republic, Miss Dominican World and Reina Nacional de Belleza Miss República Dominicana together. Then they split up in 2003 until 2013. In 1991 Miss Dominican Republic International 1991 Rafaela Suarez didn't wanted to enter in Miss International 1991, so Melissa Vargas took over. In the Miss Dominican Republic pageant 1995 and Miss Dominican Republic 1996, the winners would enter both Miss Universe and Miss International. In 2003, the first winner, Aura Ramos could enter Miss International 2003 due to visa problems at last minute. It had various names during its history. They were Señorita República Dominicana Internacional, Miss RD Internacional and Reina Nacional de Belleza.
The Dominican Republic Earth, also known as Miss Tierra República Dominicana, used to be crowned together with the Miss Dominican Republic Universe, Miss Dominica World, and Reina Nacional de Belleza Miss República Dominicana from 2001 to 2003. In 2003, the four beauty pageant titles were split until 2013.
Reina Nacional de Belleza, the organizer of Miss World República Dominicana and Miss RD Internacional, holds the national franchise and sends candidate to the Miss Supranational pageant. The following is the list of representatives of the Dominican Republic to the Miss Supranational:
Miss Turismo Dominicana was a separate pageant that crowns a represents Dominican Republic in Miss Tourism World. The Pageant was made 2007 by electing a dinner with 20 candidates and were asked questions. The candidates came from other Dominican pageant. In 2008 the first official pageant was created with the franchise of Miss Tourism Queen International.
In Miss Dominican Republic Universe, the "1ra Finalista" or the 1st Runner-up would represent the Dominican Republic in Miss Continente Americano. In an Exception of 2006, where Mía Taveras entered. In 2013, the pageant renamed from Miss Continente Americano to Miss Continentes Unidos.
In Miss Dominican Republic Universe, the "3ra Finalista" or the 3rd Runner-up would represent the Dominican Republic in Miss Caribbean. In an Exception of 2006 and 2008, where the 2nd runner up entered.
In Miss Dominican Republic Universe, the "4ta Finalista" or the 4th Runner-up would represent the Dominican Republic in Miss Global City. In an Exception of 2006 and 2007, where in 2006 the winner, Mía Taveras entered and in 2008 the 1st Runner-up, Mariel Sabogal enters
Each year there is a different venue for Miss Dominican Republic. When the winner won, the next year the pageant would be in the province or city she represented last year. It would be in an Auditorium from a local College, or University from Province or city.
María de los Angeles Sagrado Corazón de Jesus Trujillo was the Queen Reina de la Feria de la Paz y Confraternidad del Mundo Libre in 1955. It is mistakenly stated that she competed in the Miss Dominican Republic pageant.