Lupita Jones

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Jones and the second or maternal family name is Garay.
Lupita Jones
Beauty pageant titleholder
Lupita Jones.jpg
Born María Guadalupe Jones Garay
(1968-09-06) September 6, 1968 (age 48)
Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
Residence Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Miss Mexico 1990
Miss Universe 1991
Spouse Simón Charaf Medina (m. 1993; div. 2000)
Children Simón Charaf Jones

María Guadalupe "Lupita" Jones Garay Spanish pronunciation: [luˈpita ˈʝouns], [ʝons]; (born September 6, 1968 in Mexicali) is a Mexican actress, director and beauty queen who became the first Mexican woman to win the title of Miss Universe in 1991.


Miss Universe 1991[edit]

Representing the state of Baja California, Jones won the title of Señorita México (Miss Mexico) in September, 1990.

A few months later, on May 17, 1991 in Las Vegas, Nevada, she and 72 contestants competed for the title of Miss Universe 1991. Lupita entered the semifinals of the pageant in first place, the only delegate with an average score above 9. During the final telecast, Jones won everything: swimsuit, interview and evening gown. She dominated the next two rounds of competition (the Top 6 judges' questions and the Top 3 final question), and won the crown, the prizes and the prestigious title for her country.

TV producer, Miss Mexico[edit]

Lupita Jones had studied business administration before Miss Universe and also did post-graduate studies in industrial administration at the Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior in her native city of Mexicali, Baja California.

After finishing her reign in 1992, she created in 1994 the company Promocertamen with Televisa to produce Nuestra Belleza México, the official Mexican pageant responsible for choosing Mexico's representatives to Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International.[1] This new pageant was created when Señorita México was moved to another TV network, TV Azteca.

In 1997, she attempted to launch the first male-only beauty contest, El Modelo México, but the show got little attention from the public.[1]

In 2001, for the Nuestra Belleza México show, Lupita Jones launched the campaign report her campaign which invited the public to report beautiful women in their state. Critics attacked the campaign on discrimination charges.[1] She produced a winner at one of the 3 most well-known beauty pageants in the planet since 1960: Priscila Perales, Miss International 2007 and another one in 2009 with Anagabriela Espinoza, Miss International 2009. In 2010, a Mexican woman was crowned as Miss Universe 2010, Ximena Navarrete. Lupita Jones promised she would vacate the direction of Nuestra Belleza México once a new Mexican Miss Universe would be entitled, but did not follow through after Ximena Navarrete won the title.[1] Still in 2010, Lupita Jones removed the Miss Mexico title to Cynthia de la Vega.[1]

From 2008 to 2014, Lupita Jones and longtime pageant director-rival Osmel Sousa were brought together to judge Nuestra Belleza Latina, a beauty pageant-related reality television series created by the US Hispanic network Univision, which searches for young women of Latin American descent across the United States.[2]

In 2015, in response to negative comments on Mexicans by Donald Trump, part-owner of the Miss Universe organization, as head of Nuestra Belleza México, Jones endorsed withdrawal of the 2015 contestant from Mexico and urged a boycott of products associated with the 2015 pageant.[3]


In 1999, Lupita Jones decided that the contest would support an important program for ill-treated girls in the country through the Integral Family Development project.

In 2000, Jones accepted an appointment as UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and Face to Face Campaign Spokesperson for Mexico.[1]

Private life[edit]

Lupita Jones has one son from her previous union with ex-husband Simón Charaf.


Year Project Role Notes
2015 Como dice el dicho Rocío / Ana Regina 2 Episodes
2014 La malquerida (telenovela) Carmen Gallardo de Torres Recurring role
2013 Rosario Fabiana Recurring role



  1. ^ a b c d e f "10 claves para entender el poder de Lupita Jones" (in Spanish). 6 August 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Lupita Jones renuncia a Nuestra Belleza Latina". (in Spanish). 9 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Spargo, Chris; Brennan, Christopher (2015-07-04). "Donald Trump comes out fighting on prime time: Tycoon says his controversial comments on Mexican 'rapists' were 'totally accurate' and Univision had no right to cancel Miss USA broadcast". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2015-07-03. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Norway Mona Grudt
Miss Universe
Succeeded by
Namibia Michelle McLean
Preceded by
Marilé del Rosario
Miss Mexico
Succeeded by
Mónica Zuñiga