Miss Universe 2002

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Miss Universe 2002
Miss Universe 2002
Date 29 May 2002
Presenters Phil Simms, Daisy Fuentes and Brook Lee
Entertainment Marc Anthony
Venue Roberto Clemente Coliseo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Broadcaster CBS
Entrants 75
Placements 10
Debuts Albania, China
Withdraws Argentina, Belize, Botswana, Indonesia, Lebanon, Malta, New Zealand, Paraguay, Taiwan, Turks & Caicos, Zimbabwe
Returns Australia, Guyana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia

Oxana Fedorova
 Russia (resigned)

Justine Pasek
 Panama (successor)
Congeniality Merlisa George
United States Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands
Best National Costume Vanessa Mendoza
Photogenic Isis Casalduc
 Puerto Rico

Miss Universe 2002, the 51st Miss Universe pageant, was held in Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico on 29 May 2002. There were 75 delegates from around the world who competed for the title Miss Universe 2002. Oxana Fedorova of Russia was crowned Miss Universe 2002 by Miss Universe 2001, Denise Quiñones of Puerto Rico. Fedorova was dethroned four months later[1] and first runner-up Justine Pasek of Panama took over the Miss Universe title. This was the last Miss Universe show to be aired on CBS. Beginning with the next Miss Universe pageant, NBC assumed co-ownership of the pageant along with Donald Trump, and as a result began televising the pageant.



Final Results Contestant
Miss Universe 2002
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 10

Order of announcements[edit]

Semifinal Scores[edit]

Countries and territories which sent delegates and results.

Special Awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Best National Costume
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic
Bluepoint Best in Swimsuit

Background Music[edit]


Telecast Judges[edit]


National competitions[edit]


  •  Albania sent its first ever delegate, Anisa Kospiri. She placed in the Top 10, finishing eighth overall.
  •  China sent its first ever delegate, Zhuo Ling. She finished second runner-up.



  •  Australia which last competed in 2000.
  •  Guyana which last competed in 1999.
  •  Kenya which last competed in 1995.
  •  Mauritius which last competed in 2000.
  •  Namibia which last competed in 2000.

Contestant notes[edit]

  • The Parade of Nations was conducted outdoors in the streets of Old San Juan for the first time and the delegates all wore their national costumes and presented in alphabetical order. This format of the parade would continue until 2005, although from 2003-2005, the delegates did not wear their national costumes during the parade.
  • Albania and the People's Republic of China debuted at this year's pageant, and both also made it to the semi-finals for the first time.
  • Cyprus placed in the semi-finals for the first time.
  • Russia, Venezuela, and India also placed in the semi-finals in 2001.
  • Germany last placed in the semi-finals in 1989, Panama in 1997, and both South Africa and Canada in 2000.
  • Vania Millan Miras of Spain won the Miss Spain 2002 title, but was a replacement of Lorena Van Heerde Ayala, the winner of the Miss Spain 2001 pageant.
  • Seven delegates withdrew from the Miss Universe 2002 pageant. They were: Karen Russell (Belize), Angelina Sondakh (Indonesia), Christina Sawaya (Lebanon), Loredana Zammit (Malta), María Gabriela Riquelme Escuna (Paraguay), Bernice Gumbs (St. Maarten) and Euwonka Selver (Turks and Caicos). Sawaya of Lebanon would go on and claim the Miss International crown in the latter part of the year.
  • Sarah Davies of Australia went on to compete in Miss World 2004 in Sanya, China. She finished as 5th runner up in Miss World 2004.
  • Christina Sawaya from Lebanon withdrew because she did not want to compete in the same pageant with Miss Israel
  • For the third time in the history of Miss Universe, Miss USA failed to place.
  • Natascha Börger of Germany would go on to win the Top Model of the World 2002 pageant in Germany. She would also go on to win the Miss Baltic Sea 2003 pageant in Finland.

International Broadcasters[edit]

These networks televised the 2002 Miss Universe pageant live (or recorded it earlier for future broadcast) in their respective countries and territories:


  1. ^ "New Miss Universe Crowned". CNN. September 24, 2002. Retrieved 10-5-2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)