Miss Colombia

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Concurso Nacional de Belleza de Colombia
Logo of Concurso Nacional de Belleza de Colombia
Formation 1934
Type Beauty Pageant
Headquarters Bogotá
Miss Universe
Miss International
Official language
National Director
Raymundo Angulo Pizarro
Website srtacolombia.org

Miss Colombia (Concurso Nacional de Belleza de Colombia, National Beauty Contest of Colombia in Spanish) is a national beauty pageant in Colombia. The winner, Señorita Colombia, is sent to Miss Universe and the first runner-up, Señorita Colombia Internacional or Virreina, to Miss Miss International. This pageant is not related to Miss Mundo Colombia and Miss Earth Colombia


The Miss Colombia pageant is held annually in Cartagena. Coverage is given by the media to the contest, including by Cromos magazine which devotes entire issues to the individual contestants favored to win, and four covers of the magazine are devoted to the pageant in a 4-week period.

Every major network sends news crews, and have sets built by the beach in Cartagena to report live for at least fifteen minutes every day towards the end of the news broadcast on the goings-on of the contestants. Aspirants must compete in their respective Departments to earn a title for the pageant.


Colombia has strict rules regarding participation of any Miss Universe preliminary: once a contestant registers for the pageant, she is confined to her own Department and cannot move to other states/provinces. However, she can participate more than once for the same department; the winner of the pageant in 2003 had already come in fourth place at the Miss Valle pageant the year before she won and eventually went on to win the national crown.

Perhaps this rule is the reason for the intense rivalries that have developed between departments (states) to win the most crowns, a couple of them have garnered a significant number, starting with Atlántico (11), Valle (10), Santander (7), Antioquia (6), Bolívar (6).

Prelude to the pageant[edit]

Luz Marina Zuluaga, Señorita Colombia 1957, Winner of Miss Universe 1958

The pageant itself always around 11 November, and many of the activities, such as the entire production of the Cromos magazines devoted to the pageant take place in the weeks preceding the pageant.

There are a number of preliminary events involving the sponsors, such as the election of the Figura Bodytech (the Bodytech Figure) which confers free gym membership at the Bodytech franchise for five years to the contestant with the most toned, harmonious and healthy body of the pageant.

List of winners of Figura Bodytech prize[edit]

  • 2005 – Valerie Dominguez (Atlántico)
  • 2006 – Laura Montoya Escobar(Antioquia)
  • 2007 – Maria Cristina Diaz-Granados (Bogotá)
  • 2008 – Stephanie Garcés Aljure (Valle del Cauca)
  • 2009 – Natalia Navarro Galvis (Bolívar)
  • 2010 – Natalia Valenzuela Cutiva (Huila)
  • 2011 – Thael Lisney Osorio Redondo (Cundinamarca)
  • 2012 – María Alejandra Valencia Guerra (Cauca)
  • 2013 – Tania Valencia Cuero (Valle del Cauca)
  • 2014 – Viviana Alexandra Dávila Giraldo (Bogotá)

Since the prize was first awarded, the winner of the Bodytech Figure prize has gone on to win Miss Colombia each year except for in 2006 and 2007 when they became Runners-up. There are also prizes for the contestant with the best hair (Silueta Schwarzkopff brand), the most photogenic candidate (Sony), the most punctual (who receives an Edox watch), most beautiful costume, and even the mothers of the delegates must compete in a talent show to select the "Queen Mother."

Regional rankings[edit]

Department Titles Years
Atlántico 11 1949, 1962, 1967, 1971, 1989, 1990, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2013
Valle del Cauca 10 1951, 1953, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1976, 2003, 2010, 2012
Santander 7 1955, 1973, 1978, 1980, 1987, 1997, 2002
Bolívar 6 1934, 1947, 1961, 1983, 1984, 2009
Antioquia 1957, 1969, 1979, 1981, 1986, 1996
Bogotá 5 1975, 1977, 1982, 1991, 1993
Chocó 2 2001, 2015
Cauca 1966, 2008
Cesar 1994, 2006
La Guajira 1985, 1988
Caldas 1958, 1970
Sucre 1 2014
Magdalena 2007
Cartagena 2000
Cundinamarca 1999
Meta 1995
Amazonas 1992
Tolima 1965
Norte de Santander 1963
Nariño 1960


Initially, the pageant's winners held the title for a biennial period; Yolanda Emiliani Roman, Miss Colombia 1934, held her title for the longest reign in the pageant's history. The winner of Senorita Colombia represents her country at Miss Universe. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent.

Year Miss Colombia – Señorita Colombia Department/City
1934 María Yolanda Emiliani Román† Bolívar
1947 María de la Piedad Gómez Román † Bolívar
1949 Myriam Carolina Sojo Zambrano† Atlántico
1951 María Leonor Navia Orjuela† Valle del Cauca
1953 Luz Marina Cruz Lozada Valle del Cauca
1955 Ligia Esperanza Gallón Domínguez Santander
1957 Doris Inés Gil Santamaría† Antioquia
1958 Luz Marina Zuluaga Caldas
1959 María Stella Márquez Zawadzky Nariño
1961 Sonia de la Candelaria Heidman Gómez Bolívar
1962 Martha Ligia Restrepo González Atlántico
1963 Leonor Duplat Sanjuán† Norte de Santander
1964 Martha Cecilia Calero Córdoba Valle del Cauca
1965 Edna Margarita Rudd Lucena Tolima
1966 Elsa María Garrido Cajiao Cauca
1967 Luz Elena Restrepo González Atlántico
1968 Margarita María Reyes Zawadzky Valle del Cauca
1969 María Luisa Riasco Velásquez Antioquia
1970 Piedad Mejía Trujillo Caldas
1971 María Luisa Lignarolo Martínez Atlántico
1972 Ana Lucía Agudelo Correa Valle del Cauca
1973 Ella Cecilia Escandón Palacios Santander
1974 Martha Lucía Echeverry Trujillo Valle del Cauca
1975 María Helena Reyes Abisambra Bogotá
1976 Aura María Mojica Salcedo Valle del Cauca
1977 Mary Shirley Sáenz Starnes Bogotá
1978 Ana Milena Parra Turbay Santander
1979 María Patricia Arbeláez Antioquia
1980 Nini Johanna Soto González Santander
1981 María Teresa Gómez Fajardo Antioquia
1982 Julie Pauline Sáenz Starnes Bogotá
1983 Susana Caldas Lemaitre Bolívar
1984 Sandra Eugenia Borda Caldas Bolívar
1985 María Mónica Urbina Plugiesse La Guajira
1986 María Patricia López Ruiz Antioquia
1987 Diana Patricia Arévalo Guerra Santander
1988 María Teresa Eugorrola Hinojosa La Guajira
1989 Lizeth Yamil Mahecha Arévalo Atlántico
1990 Maribel Judith Gutiérrez Tinoco Atlántico
1991 Paola Turbay Gómez Bogotá
1992 Paula Andrea Betancourt Arroyave Amazonas
1993 Carolina Gómez Correa Bogotá
1994 Tatiana Leonor Castro Abuchaibe Cesar
1995 Lina María Gaviria Forero Meta
1996 Claudia Elena Vásquez Ángel Antioquia
1997 Silvia Fernanda Ortiz Guerra Santander
1998 Marianella Maal Paccini Atlántico
1999 Catalina Inés Acosta Albarracín Cundinamarca
2000 Andrea María Noceti Gómez Cartagena
2001 Vanessa Alexandra Mendoza Bustos Chocó
2002 Diana Lucía Mantilla Prada Santander
2003 Catherine Daza Manchola Valle del Cauca
2004 Adriana Cecilia Tarud Durán Atlántico
2005 Valerie Domínguez Tarud Atlántico
2006 Eileen Roca Torralvo Cesar
2007 Taliana María Vargas Carrillo Magdalena
2008 Michelle Rouillard Estrada Cauca
2009 Natalia Navarro Galvis Bolívar
2010 María Catalina Robayo Vargas Valle del Cauca
2011 Daniella Margarita Álvarez Vásquez Atlántico
2012 Carmen Lucía Aldana Roldán Valle del Cauca
2013 Paulina Vega Dieppa Atlántico
2014 Ariadna María Gutiérrez Arévalo Sucre
2015 Jealisse Andrea Tovar Velásquez [1] Chocó
2016 TBA TBA

Representatives at Big Four pageants[edit]

The following are the representatives from Colombia to the Big Four international beauty pageants:

Representatives at Miss Universe[edit]

The winner of Señorita Colombia represents her country at Miss Universe. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent.

Year Señorita Colombia Placement Other Awards
1958 Luz Marina Zuluaga Zuluaga Miss Universe 1958
1959 Olga Beatriz Pumarejo Korkor Top 15
1960 María Stella Márquez Zawadsky Top 15
1961 Patricia Whitman Owen
1962 Olga Lucia Botero Orozco Top 15
1963 Maria Cristina Alvarez González Top 15
1964 Alba Virginia Ramírez Plaza
1965 Maria Victoria Ocampo Gómez Top 15
1966 Edna Margarita Rudd Lucena Top 15
1967 Elsa Maria Garrido Cajiao
1968 Luz Elena Restrepo González Best National Costume
1969 Margarita Maria Reyes Zawadsky Top 15 Best in Swimsuit
1970 Maria Luisa Riascos Velásquez
1971 Piedad Mejía Trujillo
1972 Maria Luisa Lignarolo Martínez-Aparicio
1973 Ana Lucía Agudelo Correa Top 12
1974 Ella Cecilia Escandón Palacios 3rd Runner-up
1975 Marta Lucía Echeverri Trujillo Top 12 Miss Photogenic
1976 Maria Helena Reyes Abisambra Top 12
1977 Aura Maria Mojica Salcedo 3rd Runner-up
1978 Mary Shirley Sáenz Starnes 3rd Runner-up
1979 Ana Milena Parra Turbay
1980 Maria Patricia Arbeláez Peláez Top 12
1981 Ana Edilma Cano Puerta
1982 Nadya Santacruz Quintero
1983 Julie Pauline Sáenz Starnes
1984 Susana Caldas Lemaitre 4th Runner-up
1985 Sandra Eugenia Borda Caldas Best National Costume
1986 Maria Mónica Urbina Pugliesse 2nd Runner-up
1987 Maria Patricia López Ruiz Miss Photogenic
1988 Diana Patricia Arévalo Guerra Top 10
1989 Maria Teresa Egurrola Hinojosa
1990 Lizeth Yamile Mahecha Arévalo 2nd Runner-up Best National Costume
1991 Maribel Judith Gutiérrez Tinoco Best National Costume
1992 Paola Turbay Gómez 1st Runner-up
1993 Paula Andrea Betancourt Arroyave 1st Runner-up
1994 Carolina Gómez Correa 1st Runner-up
1995 Tatiana Leonor Castro Abuchaibe Top 10
1996 Lina Maria Gaviria Forero
1997 Claudia Elena Vásquez Ángel Best National Costume
1998 Silvia Fernanda Ortiz Guerra Top 5
1999 Marianella Maal Pacini
2000 Catalina Inés Acosta Albarracín Top 10
2001 Andrea Maria Nocetti Gómez
2002 Vanessa Alexandra Mendoza Bustos Best National Costume
2003 Diana Lucia Mantilla Prada
2004 Catherine Daza Manchola Top 10
2005 Adriana Cecilia Tarud Durán
2006 Valerie Domínguez Tarud Top 10
2007 Eileen Roca Torralvo
2008 Taliana María Vargas Carrillo 1st Runner-up
2009 Michelle Rouillard Estrada
2010 Natalia Navarro Galvis Top 15
2011 María Catalina Robayo Vargas Top 16
2012 Daniella Margarita Álvarez Vásquez
2013 Carmen Lucía Aldana Roldán
2014 Paulina Vega Dieppa Miss Universe 2014
2015 Ariadna María Gutiérrez Arévalo 1st Runner-up
2016 Jealisse Andrea Tovar Velásquez TBA

Representatives at Miss World[edit]

Since 1963 Colombian representatives selected by Miss Colombia Organization. In 1990 the another organization was taken the license for the Miss World pageant. It called as Miss Mundo Colombia pageant.

Year Miss Mundo Colombia State Placement
1963 Maria Eugenia Cucalón Venegas Top 14
1964 Paulina Vargas Gilede
1965 Nubia Angelina Bustillo Gallo
1966 María Estelia Sáenz Calero Withdrew
1968 Beatriz Eutiquia Sierra Gonzalez 3rd Runner-up
1969 Lina Maria Garcia Ogliastri
1970 Carmelina Bayona Vera
1973 Elsa María Springtube Ramírez
1974 Luz Maria Osorio Fernández
1975 Amanda Amaya Correa
1976 María Loretta Celedón Holguín
1977 María Clara O'Byrne Aycardi
1978 Denise de Castro Santiago
1979 Rosaura Mercedes Rodríguez Covo
1980 María Cristina Valencia Cardona
1981 Nini Johanna Soto González 1st Runner-up
1982 María Teresa Gómez Fajardo
1983 Rocío Isabel Luna Flórez 1st Runner-up Queen of Americas
1984 Ángela Patricia Janiot Martirena Top 15
1985 Margarita Rosa de Francisco Baquero
1986 Karen Sue Wightman Corredor Top 15
1987 Claudia Mercedes Escobar Zapata 4th Runner-up
1988 Jazmín Oliveros Segura
1989 Mónica María Isaza Mejía 2nd Runner-up
1990 Ángela Mercedes Mariño Ortiz
1991 Adriana Rodriguez Anzola
1992 Wguerddy Alejandra Oviedo Vargas
1993 Silvia Isabel Durán Angarita
1994 Maria Eugenia González Ponce de León
1995 Diana Maria Figueroa Castellanos
1996 Carolina Arango Corrales 1st runner-up Queen of Americas
1997 Gladys Buitrago Caicedo
1998 Mónica Marcela Cuartas Jimenez
1999 Mónica Elizabeth Escolar Danko
2000 Andrea Durán Prieto Top 10
2001 Jeisyl Amparo Vélez Giraldo
2002 Natalia Peralta Castro 1st runner-up Queen of Americas
2003 Claudia Milena Molina Torres Top 21 Miss Talent
2004 Paola Andrea Mariňo Garcia
2005 Erika Marcela Querubín
2006 Elizabeth Loaiza Junca Top 25 Beach Beauty
Top 20 Best World Dress Designer
2007 María José Torrenegra Ariza
2008 Katherine Medina Montoya Top 25 Beach Beauty
Top 32 Top Model
2009 Daniela Ramos Lalinde 6th Runner-up
2010 Laura Marcela Palacio Restrepo Top 20
2011 Mónica Andrea Restrepo Villamil
2012 Barbara Turbay Ridao Top 30 Top 10 Beach Fashion
Top 47 Top Model
Top 24 Sports & Fitness (Shuttle Run Winner (Group 1))
2013 Daniella Ocoró Mejía
2014 Jessica Leandra García Caicedo Top 32 Sports & Fitness (Tug of War Winner (Red Team))
2015 María Alejandra López Pérez Top 25 People's Choice Award
2016 TBA TBA

Representatives at Miss International[edit]

The 1st Runner-up of Senorita Colombia represents her country at Miss International. On occasion, when the candidate does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, another girl is sent.

Year Señorita Colombia – International State Placement
1960 Maria Stella Márquez Zawadzky Miss International 1960
1961 Vilma Kohlgruber Duque
1962 Sonia Heidman Gómez
1963 Martha Ligia Restrepo González Top 15
1964 Leonor Duplat Sanjuán
1965 Regina Salcedo Herrera
1967 Marta Lucia Guzmán Perdomo
1968 Rosario Barraza Villa Top 15 Best National Costume
1969 Laura Fabiola Pimiento Barrera
1971 Patricia Escobar Rodríguez Top 15
1972 Lamia El Kouri Chaia Top 15
1973 Tulia Inés Gómez Porras Top 15
1974 Beatriz del Carmen Cajiao Velasco Top 15
1975 Alina Maria Botero López Top 15
1976 Alicia Sáenz Madrid Top 15
1977 Silvia Alicia Pombo Carrillo
1978 Olga Lucia Prada Rodríguez
1979 Ivonne Margarita Guerra de la Espriella
1980 Ana Maria Uribe Giraldo
1981 Victoria Eugenia Cárdenas Gerlein Top 15
1982 Adriana Rumié Gomes-Cásseres Top 15
1983 Marta Liliana Ruiz Orduz Top 15
1984 Silvia Maritza Yunda Charry
1985 Maria Pia Duque Rengifo Top 15 Miss Photogenic
Best National Costume
1986 Maria del Carmen Zapata Valencia Top 15
1987 Michelle Betancourt Vergara Miss Friendship
1988 Adriana Maria Escobar Mejía Top 15
1989 Clelia Alexandra Ablanque Moreno
1990 Elsa Victoria Rivera Botero
1991 Mónica Maria Escobar Freydell Top 15
1992 Lina Maria Marin Díaz Top 15 Best National Costume
1993 Kathy Sáenz Herrera Top 15 Best National Costume
1994 Alexandra Betancur Marín Top 15
1995 Iovana Soraya Grisales Castañeda Top 15
1996 Claudia Inés de Torcoroma Mendoza Lemus 2nd Runner-up Best National Costume
1997 Ingrid Catherine Náder Haupt Top 15
1998 Adriana Hurtado Novella Top 15 Best National Costume
1999 Paulina Margarita Gálvez Pineda Miss International 1999 Miss Photogenic
2000 Carolina Cruz Osorio Top 15
2001 Maria Rocio Stevenson Covo Top 15
2002 Consuelo Guzman Parra
2003 Isabel Sofia Cabrales Baquero
2004 Jeymmy Paola Vargas Gómez Miss International 2004
2005 Diana Arbeláez González Top 15
2006 Karina Guerra Rodríguez Top 12
2007 Ana Milena Lamus Rodríguez
2008 Maria Cristina Diaz-Granados 1st Runner-up
2009 Lina Marcela Mosquera Ochoa
2010 Leydi Viviana Gómez Cortés
2011 Natalia Valenzuela Cutiva
2012 Melissa Carolina Varón Ballesteros Top 15
2013 Cindy Lorena Hermída Aguilar 4th Runner-up
2014 Zuleika Kiara Suárez Torrenegra 1st Runner-up Miss Friendship
Miss Best Dresser
2015 Natalia Ochoa Calle
2016 Yudy Daniela Herrera Avendaño TBA

Representatives at Miss Earth[edit]

The Miss Earth Colombia Organization[2] used to appoint a Colombian woman to represent Colombia in Miss Earth. Starting 2014, a national competition was held. The first competition was won by María Alejandra Villafañe Osorio and the competition was held in Armenia, Colombia. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent.

Year Miss Earth Colombia State Placement
2001 Natalia Botero Argote
2002 Diana Patricia Botero Ibarra Top 10 Best in Swimsuit
2003 Emily de Castro Giacometto
2004 María Fernanda Navia Cardona
2005 Lia Patricia Correal Lopera
2007 Mileth Johana Agámez López
2008 Mariana Rodríguez Merchán Top 8
2009 Alejandra Castillo Múnera Top 8 Finalist in Evening Gown
Finalist in Swimsuit Competition
2010 Diana Marín Varela
2011 Andrea DeVivo Creazzo Miss Hannah Resort
2012 Cindy Kohn-Cybulkiewicz 1st Miss Friendship
2013 Diana Carolina Ortegón Vega Top 15 Swimsuit
Top 15 Talent
2nd Most Child Friendly
2014 María Alejandra Villafañe Osorio Top 16 2nd Best in Swimsuit
2015 Estefanía Muñoz Jaramillo Top 8 1st Best in Swimsuit
2nd Evening Gown
2016 TBA TBA



David Letterman on Miss Colombia[edit]

In May 2001, David Letterman joked about the 'special talent' which the then-reigning Miss Colombia Andrea Noceti possessed – that she was able to "swallow 50 balloons full of heroin" for the (non-existent) talent competition in the Miss Universe 2001 pageant. The remark not only infuriated the beauty queen, but also the people in Colombia.[3]

Miss Colombia openly threatened to sue Letterman but later withdrawn the statement after Letterman formally apologised to her in the Late Show with David Letterman about the quip made. Letterman had invited the beauty queen to appear on his show as a gesture of appeasement.[4]

References and footnotes[edit]

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