Lía Borrero

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Lía Victoria Borrero
Lía Victoria Borrero González

(1976-08-22) August 22, 1976 (age 42)
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
TitleSeñorita Panamá 1996
Miss Panama International 1998
Miss International 1998
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBrown
Señorita Panamá 1996
Miss Universe 1997
(Top 6)
Miss International 1998

Lía Victoria Borrero González is a Panamanian beauty queen who the first Panamanian delegate in history to win a major beauty pageant, the title of Miss International 1998.[1]

Early life[edit]

Lía won her first beauty contest in early 1996 when she became queen of the Las Tablas carnival, a title that had previously been won by her aunt by the same name Lía Victoria Borrero de Jurado.

Señorita Panamá[edit]

She competed in the Miss Panama competition that same year, where she beat other 14 contestants and became Miss Panama 1996. This gave her the opportunity to compete in the Miss Universe 1997 pageant, broadcast live from Miami Beach, Florida.

Miss Universe[edit]

She was a Top 6 finalist, the highest placement ever by a Panamanian at the time (a record that would not be surpassed until 2002). Miss USA, Brook Mahealani Lee would be the eventual winner.

Miss International[edit]

Later, she was invited to participate in the Miss International 1998 beauty pageant, which is annually held in Japan. On September 26, 1998, she became the first ever Panamanian to win a major international pageant, overcoming other strong delegates such as Venezuela and Colombia. She worked for the International Culture Association (ICA) during her year-long reign, helping the One Love Fund, a foundation that gives donations to people who suffer from natural disasters, through the creation of goodwill activities.


  1. ^ "Pageant Almanac". Retrieved on 11 Apr 2008.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Bandera de Ciudad de Panamá.svg Reyna Royo Rivera
Señorita Panamá
Succeeded by
Bandera de la Provincia de Colón.svg Tanisha Drummond
Title last held by
Betzy Achurra (1996)
Miss Panama International
Succeeded by
Blanca Espinosa