- 1 History
- 2 Regions, Capital and Community
- 3 Notable Winners
- 4 Other wins
- 5 Titleholders
- 6 Regional rankings
- 7 Miss Perú at International pageants
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Peru has been competing in the Miss Universe pageant from 1952 and in the Miss World pageant from 1959. In the Miss Universe pageant, their first representative was Ada Gabriela Bueno that was crowned as the first Miss Peru in a ceremony at the Lawn Tennis Club of Lima and competed in Miss Universe 1952. Ada Gabriela traveled to Long Beach, California to represent her country, but failed to enter the group of semifinalists.
Five years later, Peru became the first Latin American and Spanish-speaking country to win the Miss Universe crown thanks to Gladys Zender, who became Miss Universe 1957. Since the new millennium, Peru started to shine again on the scene of this international beauty contest. Claudia Ortiz de Zevallos, was a semifinalist in the Miss Universe 2003 pageant held in Panama then also joined into the group of semifinalists in the Miss Earth 2003 pageant. Liesel Holler failed to reach the semifinals in 2004, but like her predecessor also joined the group of semifinalists in the Miss Earth 2004 pageant. Debora Sulca made Peru come back in the contest in 2005, being in the 6th place. The final classification of Peru in the Miss Universe was in 2012, when Nicole Faverón was located among the 16 semifinalists. Peru has a total of 17 semifinalists and one winner in this prestigious pageant.
In Miss World, in the early years of the pageant, Peru did not send representatives up to 1959 as in the years 1966, 1969-1972 and 1974 that may be one of the reasons why the country has not had many semifinalists comparison of Miss Universe. In 2002, Marina Mora placed as the 2nd runner up, in 2003, Claudia Hernández joined to the group of semifinalists and also won the award for Best Evening Gown. The following year Maria Julia Mantilla, took the crown after 37 years doing an auspicious return to Peru in this contest. Peru has won the crown of Miss World twice.
The other candidates participating in the Miss Peru pageant -the first 10- are sent to compete in other events of lesser importance, such as Miss Continente Americano, Reina Hispanoamericana, Reinado Internacional del Cafe, Miss Atlantico Internacional etc.
In the 1950s, Peru was one of the few South American countries that competed in major international competitions such as the Miss Universe and Miss World pageant. The country became a powerhouse joining the group of semifinals 5 times in the 1950s and 4 times during the 1960s, the country is well known in Latin America for having the first Spanish-speaking Miss Universe in 1957, Gladys Zender.
Peru participated in the Miss World pageant for the first time in 1959, represented by María Elena Rossel Zapata, who was ranked as the 1st runner-up, this was the first time that a Latin American country took the 2nd place in the Miss World pageant.
In 1967, Peru won the Miss World crown for the first time with Madeleine Hartog-Bel exactly ten years after Gladys Zender won the Miss Universe pageant in 1957, Madeleine Hartog-Bel had previously participated in the Miss Universe 1966 where she placed among the 15 semifinalists.
In 1973, Peru was unable to send her representative to the Miss Universe Pageant, Mary Nuñez, Miss Peru 1973 because of the provision of which was the president of the republic at that time, Juan Velasco Alvarado, as he considered that the contest was the product of the American capitalism, a country which did not have good relations. This was a unique occasion in which a Miss Peru did not participate in the Miss Universe except for the years 1955 and 1974 in which no contest was held. Given the refusal of Alvarado, Mary Nuñez was sent to Miss World 1973 in London, England.
In 1982, Peru became the first South American country to host the Miss Universe pageant. Miss Universe 1982 was held in Coliseo Amauta in Lima on July 26, 1982. The winner was the 18 years old Karen Baldwin from Canada, who became the first representative of her country to win the Miss Universe title. A group of twelve semifinalists were chosen from a total of seventy-seven candidates, representatives from as many countries and territories competed in this version of the contest. Also, this was the sixteenth consecutive spirited contest for the American television presenter Bob Barker. The show was broadcast via satellite by the U.S. network CBS in collaboration with Panamericana Television. In this edition, Peru was represented by Francesca Zaza who was among the 12 semifinalists and won the prize for Best National Costume.
In 1987, Jessica Newton was the responsible of representing the country in Miss Universe 1987 in Singapore, the winner of this edition was the Chilean Cecilia Bolocco and Jessica was among the 10 semifinalists, years later Newton took the franchise of the Miss Peru pageant and was the responsible for organizing the event and prepare Peruvian queens for the Miss Universe and Miss World for 12 years.
After many years in 1996, Peru reappeared on the contest with Natali Sacco, who entered in the top 10 in Miss Universe 1996, and in 1998, Mariana Larrabure also entered the top 10 in Miss World 1998. Four years later, in 2002, Marina Mora, joined the Top 5, winning the third place in the Miss World 2002 pageant. The following year Claudia Ortiz de Zevallos placed in the Top 15 in Miss Universe 2003 and took the second place prize for Best National Costume, and Claudia Hernández placed in the top 20 in Miss World 2003 and got the award for Best Evening Gown. This was so far the only time in history that Peru classified the same year in the Miss Universe and Miss World.
Peru returned to have another international victory in the field of beauty pageants in December 2004, when Maria Julia Mantilla won the Miss World title thanks to a worldwide vote through text messages and phone calls, which occurred for the first time in the history of the event managed to win the crown of Miss World 2004. The first runner-up was Claudia Cruz, from Dominican Republic, and the second runner-up was the U.S. citizen from Brazil, Nancy Randall. To date, Peru has 2 Miss World crowns.
On April 16, 2005, Debora Sulca, representing Cajamarca was crowned Miss Perú 2005 and went to Thailand to compete for the title of Miss Universe 2005. She placed in the top 10. while Miss Canada, Natalie Glebova, was crowned the new Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins for Australia, Miss Universe 2004. This was the highest position reached Peru in Miss Universe from 1987
Fiorella Castellanos, was crowned Miss Peru Mundo 2005 and represented Peru on December 10, 2005, in Sanya, China. Castellanos who sought to be the successor of Maria Julia Mantilla failed to be among the semifinalists. Since 2004, Peru has failed to enter the final group of semifinalists in the Miss World pageant.
In 2012, Nicole Faverón made Peru return to the Miss Universe pageant after seven years of absence, to the end of Miss Universe 2012, Nicole placed among the 16 semifinalists, months after Giuliana Zevallos, could not get into the group of semifinalists in Miss World 2012. The current Miss Peru Universo is Cindy Mejia and current Miss Peru Mundo is Sofia Rivera.
Regions, Capital and Community
Actually in the Miss Peru annual pageant, the 24 regions, the capital city of Lima and the constitutional province of Callao compete for the Miss Peru Universe and Miss Peru World crowns. The semifinalists are selected from the group and then it comes down to the top 5. The winner of the chosen pageant is determined and a new representative is named Miss Peru.
After winning the Miss Universe crown, Gladys Zender became very popular and well known in her country. Later she married the politician Antonio Meier and is mother of the famous Peruvian actor Christian Meier.
Jessica Newton, Miss Peru 1987, after the international contest she went to Los Angeles, California where he studied and also worked with Paramount Pictures. Then she worked in Lima editing different magazines. From 1992 to 2004 he was the organizer of the Miss Peru pageant. Since 2007 is representative of the Editorial Condé Nast, which publishes magazines Vogue, Glamour, GQ and Vanity Fair for Latin America and Mexico.
Olga Zumarán, who was Miss Peru 1978 and Miss Peru Mundo 1981, after their reigns she began an acting career, and was also chosen Mrs Peru World 2009.
Frida Holler, Miss Peru 1965, Carmen Amelia Ampuero, Miss Peru 1972, Monica Chacon, Miss Peru Mundo 1996, Viviana Rivasplata, Miss Peru 2001, Marina Mora, Miss Peru Mundo 2002, have had success in the business category and occasionally participate in various television shows.
Like Gladys Zender and Madeleine Hartog-Bel, Maria Julia Mantilla also became a well-known and popular figure in her country. Maju began working for Ford models agency in London, and then debuted as a businesswoman and television presenter . She is currently the host the variety TV show Al Aire in American Television
Adriana Zubiate, Miss Peru 2002 was a finalist in Bailando por un sueño (Perú) in 2008. Karen Schwarz, Miss Peru 2009, is currently the host of some TV shows in Frecuencia Latina while Claudia Hernández is the morning news reporter at Buenos Dias, Peru on Panamericana Television.
Natalie Vertiz, Miss Peru 2011 and Nicole Faverón, Miss Peru 2012 are part of the tuned reality show of America Television, Esto es guerra, while Alexandra Liao, Miss Peru Mundo 2010 is participant of the popular reality show of ATV, Combate.
Not only Peru has won a Miss Universe or Miss World title. There are other international pageants in which Peru has achieved success in either entering the semi-finals or winning the crown.
Wins: Miss Intercontinental 1971, 1987, Mrs World 1989, Miss America Latina 1991, Miss Asia Pacific 1994, 2001, Miss Caribe Hibiscus 2005, Miss Perla Mundial del Pacifico 2007, Miss Tourism Queen International 2008, Miss Teenager Universe 2008, Miss Beauty International 2009, Miss Continente Americano 2010
The following is a list of the Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth candidates from Peru. Some delegates who won the chance to represent Peru in the Miss Universe pageant also went to the Miss World pageant. The winner of Miss Perú represents her country at Miss Universe. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent.
|Ciudad Capital||10||1954, 1962, 1965, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1982, 1983, 1989, 1999|
|Region Lima||1958, 1968, 1975, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1993, 2013, 2014|
|Callao||7||1956, 1959, 1967, 1987, 1991, 1994, 2002|
|Arequipa||5||1966, 1978, 1990, 1992, 2003|
|Loreto||1957, 1963, 1964, 2010, 2012|
|La Libertad||4||1969, 1988, 1996, 2008|
|Lambayeque||3||1960, 2001, 2006|
Miss Perú at International pageants
- Color key
- Declared as Winner
- Ended as runner-up
- Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Representatives to Miss Universe
Who ever is the winner of Miss Perú, represents her country at Miss Universe. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent.
|Year||Miss Perú||Represented||Placement||Special awards|
|1952||Ada Gabriela Bueno||Apurímac||Unplaced|
|1953||Mary Ann Sarmiento†||Ucayali||Top 16|
|1954||Isabella León Velarde||Ciudad Capital||Top 16|
|1956||Lola Sabogal||Callao||Top 15|
|1957||Gladys Zender||Loreto||Miss Universe 1957|
|1958||Beatriz Boluarte||Region Lima||Top 15|
|1959||Guadalupe Mariátegui Hawkins||Callao||Unplaced|
|1961||Carmela Stein||Ayacucho||Top 15|
|1962||Silvia Dedekind||Ciudad Capital||Unplaced|
|1964||Miluska Vondrak Steel||Loreto||Unplaced|
|1965||Frieda Holler Fígallo||Ciudad Capital||Top 15|
|1966||Madeline Hartog-Bel Houghton||Arequipa||Top 15|
|1968||María Esther Brambilla||Region Lima||Unplaced|
|1969||María Julia Mantilla Mayer||La Libertad||Top 15||Best in Swimsuit|
|1970||Cristina Málaga||Ciudad Capital||Unplaced|
|1971||Magnolia Martínez||Ciudad Capital||Unplaced||Miss Congeniality|
|1972||Carmen Amelia Ampuero||Ciudad Capital||Top 12||Best National Costume|
|1975||Lourdes Berninzon||Region Lima||Unplaced|
|1976||Rocío Lazcano†||Junín||Unplaced||Best National Costume|
|1977||María Isabel Frías||Cajamarca||Unplaced|
|1978||Olga Zumarán||Arequipa||Top 12|
|1979||Jacqueline Brahms||Region Lima||Unplaced|
|1981||Gladys Silva||Region Lima||Unplaced|
|1982||Francesca Zaza||Ciudad Capital||Top 12||Best National Costume|
|1983||Vivien Griffiths Shields||Ciudad Capital||Unplaced|
|1984||Fiorella Ferrari||Region Lima||Unplaced|
|1985||María Gracia Galleno||Region Lima||Unplaced|
|1987||Jessica Newton Vasquez-Saenz||Callao||Top 10|
|1988||Katia Escudero||La Libertad||Unplaced|
|1989||Mariana Sovero McKay||Ciudad Capital||Unplaced|
|1991||Eliana Martínez Márquez||Callao||Unplaced|
|1993||Déborah de Souza Peixoto||Region Lima||Unplaced|
|1995||Paola Dellepiane Gianotti||Amazonas||Unplaced||Best Hair|
|1996||Natali Sacco||La Libertad||Top 10|
|1997||Claudia Dopf Scansi||Ancash||Unplaced||Best National Costume (2nd Runner-up)|
|1998||Karim Bernal||Huánuco||Unplaced||Best National Costume (1st Runner-up)|
|1999||Fabiola Lazo||Distrito Capital||Unplaced|
|2001||Viviana Rivasplata Aita||Lambayeque||Unplaced|
|2003||Claudia Ortiz de Zevallos||Arequipa||Top 15||Best National Costume (1st Runner-up)|
|2005||Débora Sulca Cravero||Cajamarca||Top 10|
|2008||Karol Castillo†||La Libertad||Unplaced||Best National Costume (8th Place)|
|2011||Natalie Vértiz||USA Perú||Unplaced|
|2012||Nicole Faverón||Loreto||Top 16||Best National Costume (9th Place)|
|2013||Cindy Mejía||Region Lima||Unplaced|
|2014||Jimena Espinoza||Region Lima||TBD||TBD|
Representatives to Miss World
The second title of local pageant will be crowning as Miss Mundo Perú. She represents her country at Miss World. On occasion, when the candidate does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, another girl is sent. In 2013 the representative will be selecting in separate pageant and will compete in 2014 session.
|Year||Miss Mundo Perú||Represented||Placement||Special awards|
|1959||Maria Elena Rossel Zapata†||Piura||1st Runner-up|
|1963||Lucía Buonnani||Europe Perú||Unplaced|
|1965||Lourdes Cardenas Gilardi||Arequipa||Unplaced|
|1967||Madeleine Hartog Bell||Arequipa||Miss World 1967|
|1968||Ana Rosa Berninzon Devéscovi||Europe Perú||Unplaced|
|1973||Mary Núñez Bartra||San Martín||Unplaced|
|1975||Mary Orfanides Canakis||Chaclacayo||Unplaced|
|1977||María Isabel Frías||Cajamarca||Top 15|
|1978||Karen Noeth Haupt||San Bartolo||Unplaced|
|1979||Magali Perez-Godoy||Distrito Capital||Unplaced|
|1980||Roxana Vega Ramos||Cuzco||Unplaced|
|1983||Lisbet Alcázar||Region Lima||Unplaced|
|1984||Cristina Loayza-Guerra||La Libertad||Unplaced|
|1985||Carmen del Rosario Muro Távara||Lambayeque||Unplaced|
|1987||Suzette Woodman||USA Perú||Unplaced|
|1988||Martha Elena Kaik Toso||Distrito Capital||Unplaced|
|1989||Maritza Zorrilla Priori||Region Lima||Unplaced|
|1990||Giselle Martínez Cuadros||Region Lima||Unplaced|
|1992||Ingrid Yrivarren Paz||Ciudad Capital||Did not Compete|
|1993||Mónika Sáez Grimm||Callao||Did not Compete|
|1994||Marcia Pérez Marcés||Cuzco||Unplaced|
|1995||Paola Dellepiane Gianotti||Amazonas||Unplaced|
|1996||Mónica Chácon de Vettori||Loreto||Unplaced|
|1997||Claudia Luque Barrantas||Amazonas||Unplaced|
|1998||Mariana Larrabure||La Libertad||Top 10|
|2000||Tatiana Angulo||La Libertad||Unplaced|
|2002||Marina Mora||La Libertad||2nd Runner-up|
|2003||Claudia Hernández Ore||Piura||Top 20||Best World Dress Designer Award|
|2004||María Julia Mantilla||La Libertad||Miss World 2004||Miss Sports (2nd Runner-up)|
|2006||Silvia Cornejo||La Libertad||Unplaced|
|2008||Annmarie Dehainaut||USA Perú||Unplaced|
|2010||Alexandra Liao||Region Lima||Unplaced|
|2011||Odilia García||Junín||Unplaced||Beauty with a Purpose (Top 30)|
|2012||Giuliana Zevallos||Loreto||Unplaced||Best World Dress Designer Award (Top 20)|
|2013||Elba Fahsbender||Piura||Unplaced||Miss Sport (Top 20)|
Representatives to Miss International
The third title of local pageant will be crowning as Miss Internacional Perú. She represents her country at Miss International. On occasion, when the candidate does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, another girl is sent. In 2003, the new Miss Internacional Perú (MIP) Organization will select the winner for Miss International pageant.
|Year||Miss Internacional Perú||Represented||Placement||Special awards|
|1960||Irma Vargas Fuller||Ciudad Capital||Unplaced|
|1962||Gloria Alderete Irala||Región Lima||Unplaced|
|1963||Esperanza Moy||Región Lima||Unplaced|
|1964||Gladys Reina González||Loreto||Unplaced|
|1965||Lola Muro Macher||Región Lima||Top 15|
|1967||Martha Quimper Suárez||Ciudad Capital||3rd Runner-up|
|1987||Rosario Leguía Nugent||Ancash||Unplaced|
|1988||Susan León Cavassa||Piura||Top 15|
|1994||Lidia Ferrari||Amazonas||Did not Compete|
|1997||Ana Matallana Illich||Ancash||Top 15|
|1998||Melissa Miranda Quiñones||Tacna||Unplaced|
|2000||Claudia Neyra||Tumbes||Did not Compete|
|2004||Aldana García Jahnsen||Cusco||Unplaced|
|2005||Vanessa López Vera Tudela||Región Lima||Top 12|
|2007||Luisa Fernanda Monteverde||La Libertad||Unplaced|
|2010||Laura Spoya||Ciudad Capital||Top 15|
|2011||María Alejandra Chávez||Moquegua||Unplaced|
|2013||María Gracia Fígueroa||Tacna||Unplaced|
Representatives to Miss Earth
The fourth title of local pageant will be crowning as Miss Tierra Perú. She represents her country at Miss Earth. On occasion, when the candidate does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, another girl is sent. In 2010, Miss Internacional Perú (MIP) Organization will select the representative for Miss Earth together with Miss Internacional Perú. In 2014, Miss Earth Peru with new organization will be selecting the winner for Miss Earth pageant.
|Year||Miss Tierra Perú||Represented||Placement||Special awards|
|2001||Paola Barreda Benavides||Ciudad Capital||Unplaced|
|2002||Claudia Ortiz de Zevallos Cano||Arequipa||Top 10|
|2003||Danitza Autero Stanic||Miraflores||Unplaced|
|2004||Liesel Holler||Pasco||Top 16|
|2005||Sara María Paredes Valdivia||Cusco||Unplaced|
|2006||Valery Caroline Neff||Ancash||Unplaced|
|2007||Odilia García||Junín||Top 8|
|2011||María Gracia Fígueroa||Tacna||Unplaced|
|2012||Miluska Huaroto||Huancavelica||Did not Compete|
|2013||Brunella Fossa||Piura||Did not Compete|
Representatives at Miss Supranational
The fifth title of local pageant will be crowning as Miss Supranational Perú. She represents her country at Miss Supranational. On occasion, when the candidate does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, another girl is sent. Sometimes the delegate will be appointing from Miss Peru Runner-ups.
|Year||Miss Supranational Perú||Represented||Placement||Special awards|
|2009||Nancy Gisella Cava Acuña||La Libertad||Top 15|
|2010||Claudia Villafuerte Vairo||Ucayali||3rd Runner-up|
|2011||Jessica Shialer Tejada||Ayacucho||Unplaced|
|2014||Ana Maria Villalobos Rojas||La Libertad||TBD||TBD|
Representatives at Miss Grand International
As of 2014 for the first time Miss Grand Peru was crowned by Miss Peru Organization. The official candidate selected by the 2nd Runner-up of Miss World Peru 2014.
|Year||Miss Grand Peru||Represented||Placement||Special Awards|
|2014||Sophia Venero||Region Lima||Top 20||Best National Costume (7th Place)|
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- Miss Perú official website
- Miss International Perú official website
- Miss Earth Perú official website