Miss Puerto Rico

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Miss Puerto Rico is the common name or sash used to identify a Puerto Rican representative in an international pageant. Currently, Miss Universe Puerto Rico, Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico and Miss Puerto Rico International are the official national preliminaries to the Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International pageants. Each year events are held to select representatives from the island to these international contests.

In addition, the Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Program select official representatives to the Miss America pageant.

Miss Universe Puerto Rico[edit]

Miss Universe Puerto Rico
Logo of the Miss Universe Puerto Rico event.
Formation 1952
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters San Juan
Miss Universe
Official language
Desiree Lowry
Key people
Desiree Lowry
Luisito Vigoreaux
Website Official website


Denise Quiñones, Miss Puerto Rico 2001
Zuleyka Rivera, Miss Puerto Rico 2006

In its various forms, the "Miss Puerto Rico" beauty pageant has been almost held every year since the 1950s. The winner of the contest represents Puerto Rico at the Miss Universe pageant each year.

The selection of Miss Puerto Rico commences the year before the winner advances to participate in the Miss Universe pageant. Each Puerto Rican city may choose a representative who then enters the Miss Puerto Rico finals, traditionally held at a San Juan area hotel. The winner is crowned at the conclusion of the final competition.

There have been three changes in the organization that led to modifications in the pageant's name. "Miss Puerto Rico" was held from 1952 until 1998 under the direction of Anna Santisteban, in 1996 the pageant lost the franchise for Miss Universe. From 1996 to 1998 Telemundo organized the event, under the name "Miss Universe Puerto Rico". From 1999 to 2002 TeleOnce (now Univision Puerto Rico) obtained the franchise and renamed it "Miss Puerto Rico Universe". Magali Febles organized the pageant between 2003 and 2009 and the pageant title has remained the same. In 2009, Desireé Lowry and Luisito Vigoreaux obtained the Miss Universe franchise and renamed the pageant "Miss Universe Puerto Rico".

Ingrid Marie Rivera, Miss Puerto Rico 2008

The Miss Puerto Rico beauty pageant has now turned to technology to reach more people through the use of podcasting. Starting with the 2006 pageant, Miss Puerto Rico Universe became the first pageant of the Miss Universe franchise to have a podcast.[1] In this, Wilton Vargas, an international multi-media and technology personality, interviews all contestants with the goal of helping people get to know them better so that they can participate in the voting process using cell phones. This podcast is published as a section in technology news and information website Tecnetico.com and various podcast directories, including iTunes.

Delegates are allowed to compete more than once at the Miss Puerto Rico Universe pageant, the caveat being that they are not allowed to compete again after they have won. For example, Cynthia Olavarría placed first runner-up in 2003 and returned in 2005, winning the title and placing first runner-up at Miss Universe. A number of delegates and winners have competed in the "Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico" (Miss World Puerto Rico) pageant, a preliminary to the Miss World pageant. There are frequently crossovers between the two pageants: for example Joyce Giraud was crowned Miss Puerto Rico twice by Ana Rosa Brito, first in 1994 as Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico, then in 1998 as Miss Universe Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico is one of the most successful competitors in the history of the Miss Universe pageant, having won five times. Marisol Malaret, Miss Puerto Rico 1970, was the first Puerto Rican to win the Miss Universe title. The four other Puerto Rican delegates who have won the Miss Universe title are Deborah Carthy-Deu (1985), Dayanara Torres (1993), Denise Quiñones (2001), and Zuleyka Rivera (2006).

On November 7, 2011, Miss Universe Puerto Rico selected the first woman who was not born in Puerto Rico to represent the island at Miss Universe 2012. Bodine Koehler Peña was crowned as Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2012. Koehler was born in the Netherlands to a Dutch father and a Dominican mother, but grew up in Puerto Rico.[2]

Recent titleholders[edit]

Color Key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-Up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists or Semifinalists
Year Miss Universe Puerto Rico City Host City Placement
2015 Catalina Morales Gómez Guaynabo Ponce TBD
2014 Gabriela Berríos Pagán Toa Baja San Juan
2013 Moníc Marie Pérez Díaz Arecibo San Juan Top 16
2012 Bodine Koehler Peña Río Grande San Juan
2011 Viviana Ortiz Pastrana Corozal San Juan Top 16
2010 Mariana Paola Vicente Morales Río Grande San Juan Top 10
2009 Mayra Matos Pérez Cabo Rojo Hato Rey 4th Runner-Up
2008 Ingrid Marie Rivera Santos Dorado Santurce
2007 Wilmadilis "Uma" Blasini Pérez Guayanilla San Juan
2006 Zuleyka Jerrís Rivera Mendoza Salinas San Juan Miss Universe 2006
2005 Cynthia Enid Olavarría Rivera Salinas San Juan 1st Runner-Up
2004 Alba Giselle Reyes Santos Cidra San Juan 2nd Runner-Up
2003 Carla Tricoli Rodríguez Vieques San Juan
2002 Isis Marie Casalduc Gonzalez Utuado San Juan
2001 Denise Marie Quiñones August Lares San Juan Miss Universe 2001

Municipality Rankings[edit]

Municipality Titles Winning Years
San Juan San Juan
1953, 1954, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1971, 1974, 1978, 1985[1], 1987, 1997
Ponce Ponce
1955, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1977, 2006[2]
Guaynabo Guaynabo
1981, 1988, 1990, 2000, 2015
Salinas Salinas
1976, 1989, 2005, 2006[1]
Lares Lares
1952, 1999, 2001[1]
Toa Alta Toa Alta 1991, 1993[1], 1996
San Germán San Germán 1975, 1985[2], 1986
San Juan Santurce 1968, 1970[1], 1972
Río Grande Río Grande
2010, 2012
Corozal Corozal 1995, 2011
Mayagüez Mayagüez 1979, 1984
Toa Baja Toa Baja
Arecibo Arecibo 2013
Cabo Rojo Cabo Rojo 2009
Dorado Dorado 2008
Guayanilla Guayanilla 2007
Cidra Cidra 2004
Vieques Vieques 2003
Utuado Utuado 2002
Añasco Añasco 2001[2]
Aguas Buenas Aguas Buenas 1998
Isabela Isabela 1994
Bayamón Bayamón 1992
Trujillo Alto Trujillo Alto 1983
Juncos Juncos 1982
Caguas Caguas 1980
Orocovis Orocovis 1973
San Juan Río Piedras 1969
San Lorenzo San Lorenzo 1967
Fajardo Fajardo 1956

1 Won Miss Universe Title

2 First runner-up, took over title after original titleholder won Miss Universe

Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico[edit]

Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico
Logo of the Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico event.
Formation 1959
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters San Juan
Miss World
Miss Earth
Miss Grand International
Official language
Julia Morley
Key people
Shanira Blanco
Delia Cruz
Jennifer Guevara, Miss World Puerto Rico 2007


Along with Miss Puerto Rico Universe, Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico is one of the most important national pageants in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico debuted in Miss World in 1959, then was absent from 1960 to 1969.

In 1970 a new organization took the responsibility of sending contestants until 1985 via castings. Puerto Rico did not compete in Miss World from 1986 to 1988. The Miss Puerto Rico organization, directed by Anna Santisteban, obtained the Miss World franchise in 1989 and sent the first runner-up of Miss Puerto Rico to Miss World until 1995.

Ivonne Orsini, Miss World Puerto Rico 2008

In 1996, Delia Cruz, mother of Puerto Rico's only Miss World Wilnelia Merced Cruz, obtained the franchise and began organizing the Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico pageant whose winner has been competing ever since in the international pageant. As of 2013, the franchise's national director is former beauty queen and TV personality Shanira Blanco. Puerto Rico has produced one winner (1975), two 2nd runners-up (2005, 2011) and ten semifinalists (1976, 1978, 1980, 1985, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010) and one quarter-finalist (2012). In 2013, Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico was won by Nadyalee Torres from Caguas, who was Top 10 in Pre Judging but failed to make to the semi-finals.

Nadyalee Torres, Miss World Puerto Rico 2013


Color Key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-Up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists or Semifinalists
Year Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico City Placement Awards
2014 Génesis María Dávila Pérez Arroyo
2013 Nadyalee Torres López Caguas
2012 Janelee Marcus Chaparro Colón Barceloneta Top 30
2011 Amanda Victoria Vilanova Pérez San Juan 2nd Runner-Up Miss World Caribbean 2011
2010 Yara Liz Lasanta Santiago Barranquitas Top 20 Miss World Beach Beauty
2009 Jennifer Colón Alvarado Bayamón
2008 Ivonne Marie Orsini López San Juan Top 15
2007 Jennifer Guevara Campos Orocovis Top 16
2006 Thebyam Carrión Álvarez Arecibo Top 17
2005 Ingrid Marie Rivera Santos Dorado 2nd Runner-Up Miss World Caribbean 2005
2004 Cassandra Castro Holland Luquillo
2003 Joyceline Montero García Bayamón Top 20
2002 Cassandra Polo Berríos Guaynabo Top 20
2001 Bárbara Serrano Negrón Vieques

Miss International[edit]

Miss International Puerto Rico
Formation 1960
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters San Juan
Miss International
Official language
Fernando Oquendo Vega

The first Puerto Rican delegate in Miss International was Carmen Sara Látimer, sent in 1960. Since 1960, Puerto Rico has produced two winners (Laurie Simpson in 1987 and Valerie Hernandez in 2014), one 3rd Runner-up and nine semifinalists. The Miss Puerto Rico pageant had the Miss International franchise from 1960 to 1997, after a two-year hiatus, a new pageant was created called Miss Puerto Rico Turismo that sent representatives until 2007 when a new organization acquired the franchise (Creative Options Inc. - Fernando Oquendo Vega).


Color Key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-Up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists or Semifinalists
Year Miss International Puerto Rico City Placement Awards
2014 Valerie Hernández Matías Carolina Miss International 2014
Patricia Quiñones Negron San Juan Resigned
2013 Ashley Beth Pérez Calderón Humacao Top 15
2012 Ashley Michelle Ruíz Rodríguez Rincón
2011 Desireé Del Río De Jesús Bayamón 3rd Runner-Up Miss Active
2010 Aideliz Hidalgo Betances San Juan Top 15
2009 Mónica Pastrana Manatí
2008 Miriam Pabón Juncos Top 12
2007 Haydil Rivera Escobales Adjuntas Top 15
2006 Sharon Haydée Gómez Díaz Mayagüez Top 11 Miss Goodwill
2005 Dinorah Collazo Orocovis
2004 Meredith Herrera Morales Toa Alta
2003 Dignelis Taymí Jiménez Hernández Arecibo
2002 Mariela Lugo Marín Yauco
2001 Lorena Otero Pérez

Miss Earth[edit]

Miss Earth Puerto Rico
Miss Earth Puerto Rico.png
Logo of Miss Earth Puerto Rico
Formation 2001
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters San Juan
Miss Earth
Official language
Shanira Blanco (2014-present)

Puerto Rico sent its very first representative to Miss Earth in 2001 with Amaricelys Reyes Guzmán. A Puerto Rican delegate is yet to win the grand title but it has produced one finalist in Miss Earth 2005 edition and in 2010 the Mayaguezana Yeidy Enid Bosques Pérez won one of the elemental titles of Miss Earth, the Miss Earth Fire 2010.[3] The Miss Puerto Rico Universe organization sent representatives to Miss Earth between 2002–2004. In January 2014, Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico national director Shanira Blanco announced that she had obtained the Miss Earth Puerto Rico franchise. From 2014 on, the 1st Runner-Up of Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico will go on to compete in Miss Earth.


Color Key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-Up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists or Semifinalists
Year Miss Earth Puerto Rico City Placement Awards
2014 Franceska Toro Toa Baja Miss Psalmstre
Miss Advance
M.E Eco-Beauty Video
3rd Darling of the Press
3rd Cocktail Wear
3rd Resort Wear
2013 Velmary Paola Cabassa Vélez Cabo Rojo Did not compete
2012 Darla Arni Pacheco Montañéz Toa Baja
2011 Agnes Eileen Benítez Santiago Cataño
2010 Yeidy Enid Bosques Pérez Mayagüez Miss Earth Fire (3rd Runner-Up)
2009 Dignelis Taymi Jiménez Hernández Arecibo
2008 Nathalie Del Mar Cuevas Suárez Salinas Did not compete
2007 No representative
2006 Camille Collazo Ortíz Orocovis
2005 Vanessa De Roide Toledo Carolina Top 8 Best in Long Gown
2004 Shanira Mariette Blanco Colón Carolina Miss Leonardo Award
2003 Norelis Ortíz Acosta Toa Baja
2002 Deidre Rodríguez Santiago Santa Isabel
2001 Amaricelys Reyes Guzmán Isabela

Miss Supranational[edit]

From 2012 to 2013 the 2nd Runner-Up of Miss Universe Puerto Rico was sent to compete in Miss Supranational

Color Key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-Up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists or Semifinalists
Year Delegate City Placement Awards
2014 Barbara Marrero Arecibo Top 10 Miss Supranational America
2013 Desireé Del Río De Jesús San Juan Top 10 Miss Photogenic
2012 Gabriela Berríos Pagán San Juan Top 10
2011 Valery Vélez Cuevas Cataño 2nd Runner-Up
2010 Ketsia Payano San Juan

Miss Grand International[edit]

In 2013, Miss Grand International Puerto Rico was handpicked by Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico national director Shanira Blanco. Janelee Chaparro won Miss Grand International 2013. Starting in 2014 the 2nd Runner-Up of Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico will be sent to compete in Miss Grand International

Color Key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-Up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists or Semifinalists
Year Delegate City Placement
2014 Rebeca Valentin García Dorado Top 20
2013 Janelee Marcus Chaparro Colón Barceloneta Miss Grand International 2013

Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Program[edit]

Miss Puerto Rico
Motto Some call her a beauty queen, we call her a scholar.
Formation 1937
Type Scholarship Pageant
Headquarters San Juan, Puerto Rico
Official language
Spanish and English
Website Official website

As of 2010, Puerto Rico will send a delegate to the Miss America pageant,[4] this will be the first time Puerto Rico will do so since 1961.


Year Titleholder Placement at Miss America[5] Awards
1937 Malen Pietrantoni
1948 Irma Nydia Vázquez
1949 Marlene Carozzo
1950 Avelina Medrallo
1951 Evangelina Moragón
1952 Otilia Jiménez Miss Congeniality
1953 Helga Edmee Monroig
1954 Nydia Power
1955 María del Carmen Mejías
1956 Gladys Rodríguez
1958 Winnie Rodríguez
1962 Rosita Giusti Best in Talent Competition (Classical Vocal)
Miss Congeniality
2010 Miriam Ivette Pabón Carrión Lifestyle and Fitness Preliminary Award
2011 Mariselle Morales
2012 Laura Ramirez Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Medal recipient
2013 Kiaraliz Medina
2014 Shenti Lauren
2015 Yarelis Salgado

Nuestra Belleza Latina[edit]

Melissa Marty was the first Puerto Rican to win Nuestra Belleza Latina in 2008, followed by Vanessa De Roide in 2012 and Aleyda Ortiz in 2014.


Year Titleholder City Placement Before/After NBL
2007 Yara Liz Lasanta Santiago Barranquitas 2nd Runner-Up Miss World Puerto Rico 2010 (Semifinalist at Miss World 2010), Miss Teen International 2001, & Miss Puerto Rico Teenage 2001
Madelis Soto Martínez Bayamón Semifinalist (7th Place)
Lorraine Lara Brooklyn Semifinalist (11th Place)
2008 Melissa Marty Caro Caguas Winner Miss Caguas Universe 2008 (Top 13 at Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2008)
Natalia Rivera Piñero Toa Alta Semifinalist (7th Place) Miss Puerto Rico Teen 2006 and TV Host
Aideliz Hidalgo Betances Cayey Semifinalist (9th Place) Miss Exclusive of The World 2012(1st Runner-Up)& Miss Puerto Rico International 2010 (Top 15 at Miss International 2010)
2009 Mónica Cristina Pastrana González Arecibo Semifinalist (7th Place) Miss Puerto Rico International 2009 (Unplaced at Miss International 2009) & TV and Radio host
Chastelyn Rodriguez Springfield Semifinalist (9th Place)
2010 Tatiana Marie Delgado Quiñones Canóvanas 2nd Runner-Up Miss Canóvanas Universe 2010 (Unplaced at Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2010) & professional dancer
2011 Gredmarie Colón Cayey 1st Runner-Up News Anchor and TV host at Univision Puerto Rico & Miss Cayey Teenage 2005 (1st Runner-Up)
Patricia Corcino Caguas Semifinalist (6th Place) Miss Caguas Universe 2010 (Unplaced at Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2010) & Miss Fajardo Universe 2013 (Top 10 at Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2013)
Darla Delgado Camuy Semifinalist (9th Place) Objetivo Fama 2005 contestant and professional dancer
2012 Vanessa De Roide Toledo Carolina Winner Miss Puerto Rico Earth 2005 (Finalist at Miss Earth 2005) & Miss Carolina Universe 2012 (1st Runner-Up at Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2012)
Shalimar Rivera Guayama Semifinalist (6th Place) Miss Patillas Mundo 2007 (1st Runner-Up at Miss World Puerto Rico 2007) & Miss Piel Canela Teenage 2001
Chanty Vargas San Juan Semifinalist (8th Place) Miss Puerto Rico Intercontinental 2011 (Semifinalist at Miss Intercontinental 2011) & Miss San Juan Universe 2010 (Unplaced at Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2010)
Tatiana Ares San Juan Semifinalist (11th place) Teen Latina International 2006
2013 Viviana Ortiz Pastrana Corozal 2nd Runner-Up Miss Corozal Universe 2011 (Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2011) & Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2011 (Top 16 at Miss Universe 2011)
Essined Aponte San Juan Semifinalist (9th place)
2014 Yesenia Hernandez Chicago Semifinalist (10th Place) Miss HispanoAmerica Illinois 2012
Aleyda Ortiz Bayamón Winner Miss Bayamón Universe 2014 (1st Runner-Up at Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2014) & Miss Intercontinental Puerto Rico 2014 (1st Runner-Up at Miss Intercontinental 2013)

Additional pageants[edit]

There are other international pageants that do not receive as much publicity as the Big Four, but that nevertheless have given Puerto Rico some additional beauty queens:

A Puerto Rican delegate is yet to win a Miss Globe International or Miss Tourism Queen International pageant. Another pageants are Miss Puerto Rico Petite and Miss Puerto Rico Teen managed by Luis Santiago Productions. The Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Organization also celebrates its Teen version, Miss Puerto Rico's Outstanding Teen. The winner represents Puerto Rico at Miss America's Outstanding Teen. Some women of Puerto Rican descent have competed at Miss USA such as Susie Castillo who won the title of Miss USA 2003 and then later placed as a semi-finalist at the Miss Universe 2003 pageant. Gloria Almonte competed at the Miss USA 2007 pageant but did not place, however she had previously placed 1st Runner-up at the Miss Teen USA 2001 pageant. Marisol Montalvo who won the title of Miss New York and competed at Miss America, placed 1st Runner-up at the Miss America 1992 pageant.

Since 2000, created the male beauty contest, Misters of Puerto Rico. This is the male version of female beauty contest Miss Universe Puerto Rico.


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