Mayra Matos

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Mayra Matos
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Mayra Matos Pérez
(1988-08-28) August 28, 1988 (age 28)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Puerto Rico Teenage 2005
Miss Teen International 2006
Miss Cabo Rojo Universe 2009
Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2009
Major
competition(s)
Miss Teen International 2006
(Winner)
Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2009
(Winner)
Miss Universe 2009
(4th Runner-Up)

Mayra Matos Pérez (born August 28, 1988 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican actress, writer, fashion model and beauty pageant titleholder who held the title of Miss Teen International 2006 and Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2009.[1]

Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2009[edit]

Matos represented Cabo Rojo at the Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2009 pageant where she was crowned Miss Puerto Rico Universe by outgoing titleholder Ingrid Rivera with the assistance of Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart and Miss Dominican Republic 2008 Marianne Cruz. She also won the award for "Most Beautiful Face."[2]

Miss Universe[edit]

Preliminary rounds[edit]

Matos wore a costume modeled after boxing gear during the national costume competition; the piece included a hooded robe, gloves and a championship belt bearing the Coat of arms of Puerto Rico.[3] The outfit was known to the island's boxing tradition, which has produced more champions per capita than any other location in the world.

Final show[edit]

Matos represented Puerto Rico at Miss Universe 2009 on August 23, 2009 in Nassau, Bahamas. She was the first of the semifinalists to be called, breaking a two-year non-placement streak for Puerto Rico. She then advanced to the Top 10 and was one of the Top 5 finalists, along with Ada de la Cruz of the Dominican Republic, Rachel Finch of Australia, Stefanía Fernandez of Venezuela, and Marigona Dragusha of Kosovo. She eventually finished as 4th Runner-Up. The eventual winner was Stefanía Fernandez of Venezuela[4]

Controversies[edit]

After Mayra competed in Miss Universe 2009 there were rumors that the results were backwards, meaning that Matos was the true Miss Universe. In several interviews Matos stated if the rumors were true she would not accept the crown and would let Stefanía Fernández enjoy her title.[5]

Professional life[edit]

Matos continues to be active in the fashion industry after having launched her "Secret" campaign.[6]

In 2013 Matos appeared in the comedy film 200 Cartas, a film about a comic book artist who travels to Puerto Rico to find a woman he met at a bar in New York City. Matos appears as Maria Sanchez, the love interest of Lin-Manuel Miranda's character Raul. The film also stars Mexican actor Jaime Camil, Puerto Rican actor and comedian Luis Raúl, and Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres.[7][8]

Lineage[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mexico Elisa Nájera
Miss Universe 4th Runner-Up
2009
Succeeded by
Philippines Venus Raj
Preceded by
Dorado Ingrid Rivera
Miss Puerto Rico Universe
2009
Succeeded by
Río Grande Mariana Vicente
Preceded by
Jeimimar Ramos
Miss Cabo Rojo Universe
2009
Succeeded by
Carolina Rodríguez
Preceded by
Australia Lauryn Eagle
Miss Teen International
2006
Succeeded by
Mexico Jenny Quiroga

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