Miss Universe Kosovo
On 4 April 2008, Fadil Berisha - photographer of Miss Universe’s official photos - hosted Kosovo's inaugural pageant where Zana Krasniqi was crowned. She went on represent Kosovo at the Miss Universe pageant.
This was the first appearance in a Miss Universe pageant for Miss Kosovo following the country's declaration of independence on February 17, 2008.
Krasniqi eventually placed as a Top 10 finalist at the 2008 Miss Universe pageant. She is the first ever Kosovar woman to enter and place in the contest, finishing 6th, just two tenths of a point from the top five.
The following year turned out to be another success for the Miss Universe Kosovo pageant: Marigona Dragusha, known as "Gona Dragusha", placed second runner-up to Miss Universe 2009 in the Bahamas making her to be the first delegate from Kosovo to make it top the top five.
In terms of placements, Kosovo has been one of the most successful entrants into the Miss Universe pageant. Ever since debuting in 2008, Kosovo has only missed the semi-finals only once in 2010, beating out many other countries that have been competing for decades.
- Color key
- Declared as Winner
- Ended as runner-up
- Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
The winner of Miss Kosovo 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 Kosovo||Region||Placement||Special awards|
|2008||Zana Krasniqi||Pristina||Top 10|
|2009||Marigona Dragusha||Pristina||2nd Runner-up|
|2011||Afërdita Dreshaj||Podgorica||Top 16|
|2012||Diana Avdiu||Pristina||Top 16||Miss Photogenic|
In 2013 the former Miss Universe Kosovo team pulled out of Miss Universe and decided to send their winning girl to Miss World 2013. Instead Fadil Berisha held a separate Miss Universe Kosovo edition in which Mirjeta Shala was crowned. However, in October Kosovo withdrew from the Miss Universe 2013 pageant because the security of Kosovo's contestant could be assured in Russia.
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