Logo of the Miss Nicaragua pageant.
The Miss Nicaragua contest is the national beauty pageant of Nicaragua and is a franchise of SILHUETAS, a modeling agency. Each Nicaraguan department may choose a representative who then enters the Miss Nicaragua finals, traditionally held at the Rubén Darío National Theater. The winner is crowned at the conclusion of the final competition. The pageant has been held since 1955 and is responsible for selecting the country's representatives to Miss Universe and Miss International (amongst others). The winner goes to Miss Universe and the 1st runner-up to Miss International.
Participants for the Miss Nicaragua contest must be between 18 and 25 years old, not married and have no children. After participants are chosen, 16 candidates are elected and represent their region. The majority of Miss Nicaragua winners have been from Managua.
For the past couple of years the pageant has had a theme, for 2006 it was "León, pasado maravilloso... presente esperanzador... futuro luminoso" meaning "León, wonderful past... hopeful present.. luminous future".
Despite only having had only two Miss Universe Semifinalists to date; Nicaragua has done well in other international beauty pageants.
 Miss Nicaragua winners
|1955||Rosa Argentina Lacayo|
|1968||Margine Davidson (Finalist- Miss World 1968)|
|1969||Soraya Herrera Chávez|
|1970||Xiomara Paguaga Rodríguez|
|1973||Ana Cecilia Saravia Lanzas|
|1975||Aida Maritza Sánchez|
|1976||Ivania Navarro Genie (Winner- Miss Teenage Intercontinental 1976) & Miss Turism Latin America'|
|1977||Beatriz Obregón Lacayo (Semi Finalist- Miss Universe 1977)|
|1978||Claudia Herrera Cortez|
|1979||Patricia Pineda Chamorro|
|1991||Ana Sofía Pereira (Winner- Miss America Latina 1992)|
|1992||Ida Patricia Delaney|
|1993||Luisa Amalia Urcuyo Lacayo (Semi-Finalist- Miss International 1994) & (Top 20- Miss Universe 1993)|
|1995||Linda Clerk Castillo|
|1997||Luz María Sánchez Herdocia|
|2001||Ligia Cristina Argüello Roa (3rd Runner-up- Miss World 2001) & (13th in Miss Universe 2001)|
|2002||Marianela Lacayo Mendoza- (Winner- Miss Mundo Latino Internacional 2002) & (Semi Finalist-Miss International 2002)|
|2003||Claudia Salmerón Aviles|
|2004||Marifely Argüello César (Semi-finalist- Miss Earth 2004) & (Winner- Miss Expo World 2004)|
|2005||Daniela Clerk Castillo|
|2006||Cristiana Frixione (Winner- Miss World University 2006) & (1st runner up- Miss Italia nel Mondo 2007)|
|2007||Xiomara Blandino (Top 10- Miss Universe 2007)|
|2009||Indiana Sánchez (2nd Place in National Costume at Miss Universe 2009) & (11th Place at Nuestra Belleza Latina 2010|
|2012||Farah Eslaquit (6th Place in National Costume at Miss Universe 2012|
|2013||Nastassja Bolivar (TBA)|
 Miss Nicaragua contestants
The runners-up and semifinalists of the Miss Nicaragua pageant are sometimes sent to represent Nicaragua in other international beauty pageants. Winners include Sharon Amador, the 1st finalist in Miss Nicaragua 2006. Sharon won the Miss Ambar Mundial pageant in 2006. In 2010, the franchise for Miss Earth Nicaragua was awarded to another organizer, Nuestra Belleza Nicaragua.
- Ruiz Baldelomar, Leslie. "Miss Nicaragua, una historia accidentada". La Prensa (in Spanish). Retrieved 2007-09-27.
- Miss Nicaragua
- Trejos, Tania (2006-03-30). "Sharon Amador es Miss Ámbar 2006". La Prensa (in Spanish). Retrieved 2007-05-30.
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