Miss Universe 2001

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Miss Universe 2001
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Miss Univese 2001
Date 11 May 2001
Presenters Elle Macpherson, Naomi Campbell, Todd Newton and Brook Lee
Entertainment Ricky Martin and La Ley
Venue Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Broadcaster CBS
Entrants 77
Placements 10
Debuts Slovenia
Withdraws Australia, Belize, Denmark, Great Britain, Guam, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Namibia, St. Martin
Returns Antigua & Barbuda, Curaçao, Nicaragua, Northern Marianas, Turkey, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Winner Denise Quiñones
 Puerto Rico
Congeniality Nakera Simms
Best National Costume Kim Sa-rang
Photogenic Denise Quiñones
 Puerto Rico

Miss Universe 2001 the 50th Miss Universe pageant was held at Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón, Puerto Rico on 11 May 2001. Seventy-seven contestants competed. Denise Quiñones from Puerto Rico was crowned Miss Universe 2001 by Lara Dutta of India.



Final Results Contestant
Miss Universe 2001
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 10

Special Awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Best National Costume
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic
Bluepoint Best in Swimsuit
Clairol Herbal Essences Style

Semifinal Scores[edit]

Order of announcements[edit]

Countries and territories which sent delegates and results.


Telecast Judges[edit]



  • The Parade of Nations followed the 1989 pageant in continental format and the delegates wore their national costumes.
  • USA, Venezuela, India, Spain, and France also placed in the Top 10 the year before.
  • Israel last placed in the semi-finals in 1978, Greece in 1994, Russia in 1998, and Puerto Rico in 1999.
  • Nigeria placed in the semi-finals for the first time.
  • Slovenia debuted at this year's pageant.
  • Greece reaches its highest placement since Corinna Tsopei won the title in 1964.
  • This is the first time since 1997 that the contestant representing the host country won.
  • Nigeria, Agbani Darego, would later win Miss World 2001. In this same pageant, the contestants from Nicaragua (Ligia Argüello) and South Africa (Jo-Ann Strauss) were finalists. Peru's Viviana Rivasplata finished in 11th place.
  • Poland was supposed to be represented by the 1st runner-up of Miss Polonia, Malgorzata Rozniecka. Studies prevented her from going, and the organization picked another finalist, Monika Gruda. Later in September, Malgorzata Rozniecka won the Miss International pageant in Japan.
  • France, Élodie Gossuin who would later win Miss Europe, faced controversy when it was rumoured that she was a transsexual, which she strongly denied. A medical examination confirmed that she was a natural-born woman.[1] [2] [3]
  • The organization invited Miss Russia 2001, Oxana Fedorova to attend the pageant. But Fedorova said she couldn't compete because of her studies, and that she would compete in 2002. Her 2nd runner-up, Oxana Kalandyrets, competed instead and became a Top 10 finalist. In 2002, Fedorova won the contest.
  • Oxana Kalandyrets sported the same evening gown that Miss Russia 1997, Anna Baitchick, wore during Miss Universe 1997.
  • Miss Spain 2001, Lorena van Heerde, could not compete in the pageant because she was underage (17 at the time). Her 1st runner-up, Eva Sisó, replaced her. Lorena was supposed then to compete in Miss Universe 2002 as well, but after a scandal -involving an undercover journalist- threatened the integrity of the Miss Spain pageant, van Heerde crowned her successor and cut all ties with the organization.
  • Brazil, Juliana Borges, was heavily criticized after openly admitting to the media that she had undergone nineteen plastic surgeries, stating "It's like studying for a math exam and you get good grades... you study and you work hard to have the perfect body". Despite a public outcry she was still allowed to compete.[4]
  • Philippines, Zorayda Ruth Andam, became a lawyer and would later be part of the prosecution team of the infamous Subic Rape Scandal.

International Broadcasters[edit]

These networks televised the 2001 Miss Universe pageant live (or recorded it earlier for future broadcast) in their respective countries and territories: