Miss América Latina

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Miss América Latina
Formation1981; 43 years ago (1981)
FounderAcirema Alayeto
TypeBeauty pageant
Acirema Alayeto (1981-present)

Miss América Latina or Miss América Latina del Mundo, known in English as Miss Latin America or Miss Latin America of the World, is an international beauty contest held annually. It is organized by the Miss América Latina Organization. Despite its name, the contest is not restricted to only Latin American nations. It is designed for women of Latina descent around the globe. There is an average of about 20 contestants every year. It has two sister pageants: Miss Latina US (which selects the US delegate to Miss América Latina) and Miss Teen US Latina.

The current titleholder is Ana Paula Caudana from Argentina.


The Miss América Latina pageant was founded in the early 1980s. The first edition was held in 1981, when it was open to only Latina contestants in Miami, Florida, United States. In 1983, the contest went international.[1]


Year Name Represented Host City Host Country
1981 Lesley Quintanilla  United States Miami, Florida United States
1982 Martha Álvarez
1983 María Rosa  Puerto Rico
1984 Mirla Ochoa[2]  Venezuela
1985 Victoria Mauríz  Dominican Republic
1986 Lucía Collado San José Costa Rica
1987-1988[a] Lorenia Burruel  Mexico Santa Cruz de la Sierra Bolivia
1989 Suzanne Hannaux  El Salvador Hermosillo, Sonora Mexico
1990 Vanessa Holler  Venezuela San Salvador El Salvador
1991 María Elena Bellido  Peru Buenos Aires Argentina
1992 Ana Sofía Pereira  Nicaragua Guayaquil Ecuador
1993 María Fernanda Morales  Guatemala Guatemala City Guatemala
1994[b] Priscila Furlan  Brazil Guayaquil Ecuador
1996[c] Jeannette Chávez  Costa Rica Lima Peru
1998[d] Aline Resende  Brazil Costa del Sol El Salvador
2000 Dania Prince  Honduras Guatemala City Guatemala
2001 Grace Martins  Brazil Montelimar Beach Nicaragua
2002 Claudia Cruz  Dominican Republic Bávaro Beach Dominican Republic
2003 María Carolina Casado  Venezuela Playa Tambor Costa Rica
2004 Gamalis Fermín  Puerto Rico Cancún, Quintana Roo Mexico
2005 Mariela Candia  Paraguay Punta Cana Dominican Republic
2006 Melissa Quesada  United States Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo Mexico
2007 Giannina Silva (dethroned)  Uruguay Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo
Heidy García (successor)  Guatemala
2008 Daniele Sampaio  Italy Punta Cana Dominican Republic
2009 Johanna Solano  Costa Rica
2010 Carolina Lemus  Colombia
2011 Estefani Chalco  Ecuador
2012 Georgina Méndez  Guatemala Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo Mexico
2013 Julia Guerra[citation needed]  Brazil Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo
2014 Nicole Pinto (resigned)  Panama Punta Cana Dominican Republic
Yaniré Ortiz (successor)  Spain
2015 Karla Monje  United States Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo Mexico
2016[3] Laura Spoya  Peru
2017 Elicena Andrada  Spain Bahías de Huatulco, Oaxaca
2018 Nadine Teresa Verhulp  Netherlands Punta Cana Dominican Republic
2019-2020 Nancy Gómez  United States
2021 Yosdany Navarro  Venezuela
2022 María Fátima Gaspar  Portugal
2023 Ana Paula Caudana  Argentina

Number of titleholders by country[edit]

Country/Territory Titles Winning/Title Years
 United States 5 1981, 1982, 2006, 2015, 2019-20
 Venezuela 4 1984, 1990, 2003, 2021
 Brazil 1994–95, 1998–99, 2001, 2013
 Guatemala 3 1993, 2007, 2012
 Dominican Republic 1985, 1986, 2002
 Spain 2 2014, 2017
 Peru 1991, 2016
 Costa Rica 1996–97, 2009
 Puerto Rico 1983, 2004
 Argentina 1 2023
 Portugal 2022
 Netherlands 2018
 Ecuador 2011
 Colombia 2010
 Italy 2008
 Paraguay 2005
 Honduras 2000
 Nicaragua 1992
 El Salvador 1989
 Mexico 1987-88

* The first two Miss Latin America contests were only open to women living in Miami.[1] Although the winners of both contests are regarded as official Miss Latin America titleholders, their wins do not appear in the United States' tally.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The 1988 event was postponed until 1989 because of the Mexican presidential inauguration, and thus Lorenia Burruel was named Miss América Latina 1987-88
  2. ^ The 1995 event was canceled due to a national crisis in the host city. Priscila Furlan was then named Miss América Latina 1994-95.
  3. ^ The 1997 event was postponed for unknown reasons. Thus, Jeannette Chávez's title was extended to Miss América Latina 1996-97
  4. ^ The 1999 event was renamed to Miss América Latina 2000 in order to post-date the titles. Aline Resende's title was changed to Miss América Latina 1998-99.


  1. ^ a b "Historia del Certamen Miss América Latina inaugurado en Miami, Florida, USA". 2009-02-28. Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 2017-03-13.
  2. ^ Rodríguez, Julio; Montaldo, Diego (April 30, 2011). "Falleció Mirla Ochoa nuestra primera Miss America Latina". Rumberos.net (in Spanish). Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Belleza oriental en Sidney". EL PAIS. No. Online national news. Copyright ® EL PAIS S.A. 1918 - 2016. 4 June 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016.

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