Nuestra Belleza México
Logo of the Nuestra Belleza México pageant.
Nuestra Belleza México (English: Our Beauty Mexico) is a Mexican national beauty pageant held annually since 1994. It is currently responsible for selecting the country's delegates to three of the most relevant international beauty contests, Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International and miniors pageants as Reina Hispanoamericana or Miss Continente Americano.
In association with Televisa, the Nuestra Belleza México pageant and organization of the same name is directed by the nation's first Miss Universe titleholder, Lupita Jones (1991). The organization has produced one Miss Universe (2010) — the second title for Mexico in that event, and two Miss International winners, 2007 and 2009.
Aspiring hopefuls, ranging from 18 to 23 years of age and a minimun height of 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in), must fulfill the organization's additional requirements and consequently vie in their respective state pageants for eligibility to participate in Nuestra Belleza México. Contestants are permitted to compete for their sub-national beauty titles more than once. However, this can no longer be done once they have taken part in the national event. They may also choose to represent a different state, as long as they provide proof of having resided in it for at least the last twelve months before registration.
As of the year 2000's edition of the pageant, it is not uncommon for some states to have more than one delegate competing simultaneously. This occurs when non-winning hopefuls (usually three or four) from select subdivisions are invited (designated) by the organization to partake in the nationwide competition, taking into consideration their potential, and to possibly make up for other states which may lack representation.
Once in the national concentration, the participants engage in various events and appearances prior to the crucial preliminary competition from which a number of semifinalists are chosen, only to be announced during the final competition. Additionally, five special awards given through sub-challenges enable the recipients an automatic pass to the semifinals. During the crowning night, the semifinalists are evaluated by a panel of judges while vying in swimsuit and evening gown, with eliminations taking place after each of these rounds. The remaining contestants are subsequently interviewed, and the runners-up and winners are respectively announced at the conclusion of the Nuestra Belleza México telecast.
If any of the titleholders is unable to fulfill her duties, the next in turn, known as the suplente (substitute), assumes the right to represent the country abroad. The pageant, which sees over thirty of the country's most beautiful young women going head to head each year, is held a year prior to when the winners compete internationally, giving them sufficient time to prepare for their corresponding beauty events.
Below are the names of the annual titleholders of Nuestra Belleza México, listed in ascending order, according to the year in which they participated in their respective international pageants. Nuestra Belleza México is in charge of representing the nation in Miss Universe, Nuestra Belleza Mundo México does likewise in Miss World, and so does Nuestra Belleza Internacional México in Miss International. The states they represented during their national crowning or designation and their final placements and special awards acquired in the aforementioned global beauty competitions are also displayed.
Nuestra Belleza México
Won Miss Universe.
Nuestra Belleza Mundo México
Nuestra Belleza Internacional México
|2014||Vianey Vázquez Ramírez||Aguascalientes||Top 10|
|2013||Lucero Montemayor Gracia||Nuevo León|
|2012||Jessica García Formenti||Baja California Sur||Top 15|
|2011||Karen Higuera Contreras||Baja California Sur||Miss Friendship|
|2010||Gabriela Palacio Díaz||Aguascalientes||Miss Photogenic|
|2009||Anagabriela Espinoza Marroquín (successor)||Nuevo León||Winner||Miss International 2009
Miss Chengdu Glamor
|Laura Zúñiga Huizar (dethroned)||Sinaloa||DNC|
|2008||Lorenza Bernot Krauze||Morelos|
|2007||Priscila Perales Elizondo||Nuevo León||Winner||Miss International 2007
|2000||Leticia Murray Acedo||Sonora||Top 15|
|1999||Graciela Soto Cámara (successor)||Morelos|
|Lynette Delagdo Gastélum (resigned)||Sinaloa||DNC|
Won Miss International.
Anyone who follows the Olympic Games or other sporting events will be familiar with the concept of the Medal Table, which ranks countries based on their first (gold), second (silver) and third (bronze) place finishes. Below is a similar table of the top rankings for the Nuestra Belleza Mexico pageant, but of the thirty-two Mexican states, based on all results from the first event in 1994 to the most recent competition.
|Rank||State||Nuestra Belleza México||NB Mundo México||NB Internacional México||Total|
|9||Baja California Sur||1||2||3|
a Cynthia de la Vega was dethroned, decreasing the number of Nuestra Belleza Mundo México titles for Nuevo León by one. The title was passed on to Gabriela Palacio of Aguascalientes.
b Laura Zuñiga was dethroned, decreasing the number of Nuestra Belleza Internacional México titles for Sinaloa by one. The title was passed on to Anagabriela Espinoza of Nuevo León.
c Jacqueline Bracamontes resigned her title after winning the main Nuestra Belleza México crown, decreasing the number of Nuestra Belleza Mundo México titles for Jalisco by one. The title was passed on to Paulina Flores.
Other International Pageants
|2014||Vanessa López||Sonora||Virreina||Miss Photogenic
|2013||Gabriela Prieto||Chihuahua||3rd Runner-up||Miss Photogenic
|2012||Geraldine González||Baja California||Miss Elegance|
|2009||Andrea Martínez||Guanajuato||Best National Costume|
|2008||Laura Zúñiga||Sinaloa||Winner (dethroned)||Reina Hispanoamericana 2008
Won Reina Hispanoamericana.
Miss Continente Americano
|2012||Karen Padilla||Distrito Federal||Top 6||Miss Photogenic|
|2011||Cecilia Montaño||Sonora||1st Runner-up|
|2010||Karla Carrillo||Jalisco||1st Runner-up|
|2009||Paulina Hernández||Baja California|
|2008||Lupita González||Jalisco||Winner||Miss Continente Americano 2008
Miss Yanbal Face
|2007||Gladys Castellanos||Jalisco||2nd Runner-up|
Won Miss Continente Americano.
- El Modelo Mexico
- Señorita México
- Nuestra Belleza Sonora
- Nuestra Belleza Jalisco
- Nuestra Belleza Nuevo León