Mariam Habach

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Mariam Habach
Born Mariam Habach Santucci
(1996-01-26) January 26, 1996 (age 22)
Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela
Home town El Tocuyo, Lara, Venezuela
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Title Miss Lara 2015
Miss Venezuela 2015
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Green
Miss Venezuela 2015
Miss Universe 2016

Mariam Habach Santucci (born 26 January 1996) is a Venezuelan model and beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss Venezuela 2015. She represented the state of Lara at the pageant and represented Venezuela at Miss Universe 2016 pageant.

Personal life[edit]

Habach is a dentistry student and was raised in a family of Syrian and Italian heritage along with two brothers in the village of El Tocuyo. Her father, Antonios, was born in the city of Tartus, Syria and her maternal family came from Fontanarosa and Agrigento, Italy during World War II.[1] Habach speaks four languages: Spanish, English, Arabic and Italian.


Miss Venezuela 2015[edit]

During Venezuela's final coronation night on 8 October 2015, Habach was crowned Miss Venezuela 2015 representing her home state of Lara. She went to represent Venezuela at Miss Universe 2016.[citation needed]

Miss Universe 2016[edit]

Habach represented Venezuela at Miss Universe 2016, she was one of the favorites to win of several pageant websites. She also won three special awards given by local sponsors during the pre-pageant activities in the Philippines. During the preliminary competition, she was introduced to the televised press as having won all nine beauty pageants she entered, the current coinciding with her birthday.

Habach is also known to wear the golden Maria Clara terno gown, disputed to having been initially reserved by former Miss Czech Republic Andrea Bezděková, to which it’s designer finally transferred the gown to Habach. Ultimately, Habach did not make placement among the 13 semi-finalists. In thirty three years of Venezuelan pageantry since this time, Habach is the fourth contestant whom did not make placement.


Accordingly, many pageant connoisseurs were bewildered on Habach's non-placement despite the prestigious entry of Miss Venezuela, resulting in being pejoratively labeled as the recipient to the "Award of Ruth Ocumarez". Prior to the coronation night, back in her hometown, a Venezuelan named Julio Matute Rodriguez went into public stating that Habach was arrogant due to having been raised in an affluent family.

Furthermore, several networks on social media speculated that her failure to enter the top 13 selection was due to allegedly pushing some candidates, a televised segment where she pinched Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar and stepped on Miss Peru Valeria Piazza among other candidates' dresses without issuing remorse or apology.[2][3][4][5][6][7] In later months, Habach gained further notoriety for a video mocking former Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez in a recorded video prank allegedly referring to the provincial nature of Colombians.[8]


Habach currently lives in New York City, United States and works as a runway and print model for various fashion houses.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mariana Jimenez
Miss Venezuela
Succeeded by
Monagas Keysi Sayago
Preceded by
Julibell Alvarado
Miss Lara
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Sargo