Marianne Cruz

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Marianne Cruz
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Marianne Cruz at Miss Universe 2008
Born Marianne Cruz Gonzalez
(1985-04-23) April 23, 1985 (age 32)
Salcedo, Hermanas Mirabal Province, Dominican Republic
Height 5 ft 11.5 in (1.82 m)
Title Miss Continente Americano 2007
Miss Dominican Republic 2008
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Miss Dominican Republic 2007
(1st Runner-Up)
Miss Dominican Republic 2008
(Best Face)
Miss Continente Americano 2007
Miss Universe 2008
(2nd Runner-Up)

Marianne Cruz González (April 23, 1985 in Salcedo) is a Dominican news presenter, model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Dominican Republic 2008 and represented her country at Miss Universe 2008.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Salcedo, Marianne is the youngest of three sisters. Her parents were divorced when she was young.

At the age of 16, Cruz began mountain climbing. She has climbed the highest elevation of the West Indies, The Pico Duarte, in Dominican Republic. Cruz is studying fashion design at Santo Domingo, and is the voice of many charity campaigns in Dominican Republic.

Beauty Pageants[edit]

Miss Dominican Republic 2007[edit]

Cruz participated in the Miss Dominican Republic 2007 beauty pageant. Despite her popularity, and her being the favorite candidate during the competition, she lost to Massiel Taveras the candidate from the province of Santiago.

Miss Continente Americano[edit]

Later on Cruz went on to participate in the Miss Continente Americano 2007 beauty pageant. Cruz was declared the winner of Miss Continente Americano 2007 and was crowned by Mia Taveras of the Dominican Republic, becoming the first Miss Continente Americano to be crowned by a compatriot.

Miss Dominican Republic 2008[edit]

After competing once again for the title of Miss Dominican Republic, 22-year-old Marianne Cruz became Miss Dominican Republic 2008, receiving the crown from Massiel Taveras, Miss Dominican Republic Universe 2007 and gaining the right to represent the Dominican Republic at Miss Universe 2008.

Miss Universe 2008[edit]

After winning, she represented the Dominican Republic at Miss Universe 2008, where she finished as 2nd Runner-Up. This is the third highest position Dominican Republic has gotten in Miss Universe after Ada de la Cruz (Cruz' successor) placed 1st Runner-Up at Miss Universe 2009 and Amelia Vega won Miss Universe 2003. Cruz was also the second woman representing the Dominican Republic to place 2nd-Runner Up (the 1st was Renata Soñé in 2005).

Career in media[edit]

Cruz has appeared in several magazines and has been hosting special events. She has been on some fashion runways and had a special appearance on Premios Cassandra and in the Dominican movie Playball.

She has done several photoshoots for Dominican International fashion photographers.

Cruz is news anchor at Noticias SIN from 2010 to 2014, and then since 2014 at AN 7.[2] She is also radio host on “El sol de los sábados”.[3]


  1. ^ "Miss Venezuela wins Miss Universe pageant". Fox News Channel. 13 July 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Figueroa Amador, Thelma (18 December 2014). "Marianne Cruz del modelaje a las noticias" (in Spanish). Hoy. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  3. ^ ""El Sol de los Sábados" le da acogida al talento joven" (in Spanish). El Caribe. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Venezuela Ly Jonaitis
Miss Universe 2nd Runner-Up
Succeeded by
Kosovo Marigona Dragusha
Preceded by
Massiel Taveras
Miss Dominican Republic
Succeeded by
Ada de la Cruz
Preceded by
Dominican Republic Mía Taveras
Miss Continente Americano
Succeeded by
Mexico Lupita González
Preceded by
Mía Taveras
Miss Continente Americano Dominican Republic
Succeeded by
Mariel Sabogal