Miss Dominican Republic

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Miss Dominican Republic
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersSanto Domingo
Miss Universe
Miss World
Miss International
Miss Earth
Official language
LeaderMagali Febles
WebsiteOfficial website

Miss Dominican Republic (Spanish: Miss República Dominicana) is a national beauty pageant in Dominican Republic.


Miss Dominican Republic Organization has been in operation since 1927. In 1956, the pageant was officially restarted after crowning models from 1952 until 1955. In 1956, Olga Fiallo from Santiago won, making the Dominican Republic's first representative to Miss Universe. In 1966, the Concurso Nacional de Belleza Dominicana lost its Miss Universe rights for only one year but on that same year it gained their Miss World franchise sending the winner of that year, Jeanette Dotel from San Juan as their first representative. In 1967, the organization officially decided that the Winner would go to Miss Universe, First Runner-up would enter Miss World and Second Runner-up to a Festival of Latin Beauties in South America. The MRD organization had acquired the Miss International rights, but the organization would only send a representative if the budget allowed them. It wasn't until 1980, when they decided that the Second Runner-up would enter either in Miss International, Reinado Nacional del Café or Miss América Latina. In 1989 until 2000, the official Second Runner-up would enter Miss International, the Third Runner-up would enter Reinado Nacional del Café and the Fourth Runner-up would enter Miss América Latina. This has been the same until 2003 when the organization separated into two separate organizations.

Miss República Dominicana Universo Organization[edit]

The Miss República Dominicana Universo Organization was created in 2003 by Belkys Reyes, and was taken over by Magali Febles in 2004. Since 2003, the representatives of Dominican Republic for one out of the four major international pageants have been selected by this organization. This organization is in charge of sending representatives to Miss Universe. Miss República Dominicana Universo competes in Miss Universe. Also, this organization has 15 franchises in other international competitions and sends representatives to these competitions every year such as Reina Hispanoamericana and Miss Continentes Unidos. [1]

Reina Nacional de Belleza Dominicana Organization[edit]

The organization of Reina Nacional de Belleza Dominicana was created in 2003 by Diany Mota, and is still run by her today. Since 2003, the representatives of Dominican Republic for three out of the four major international pageants have been selected by this organization, until in 2015 when they lost the Miss Earth franchise. This organization is in charge of sending representatives to Miss World and Miss International. Miss Mundo Dominicana competes in Miss World and Miss Internacional Domincana competes in Miss International.

Provincial Pageants[edit]

In 2009, there has been a huge involvement of the organization in regional pageants. There is right now 6 regional pageants.[2]

For the first time, Miss Dominican Republic organization, will have auditions / contests in all the provinces except the province of Santo Domingo, because of its huge population, the 3 metropolitan municipalities have auditions / contests. The pageants are:

Miss Azua
Miss Bahoruco
Miss Barahona
Miss Dajabón
Miss Distrito Nacional
Miss Duarte
Miss El Seibo
Miss Elías Piña
Miss Espaillat
Miss Guerra-Boca Chica
Miss Hato Mayor
Miss Hermanas Mirabal
Miss Independencia
Miss La Altagracia
Miss La Romana
Miss La Vega
Miss Los Alcarrizos
Miss María Trinidad Sánchez
Miss Monseñor Nouel
Miss Monte Cristi
Miss Monte Plata
Miss Pedernales
Miss Pedro Brand
Miss Peravia
Miss Puerto Plata
Miss Samaná
Miss San Cristóbal
Miss San José de Ocoa
Miss San Juan
Miss San Pedro de Macorís
Miss Sánchez Ramírez
Miss Santiago
Miss Santiago Rodríguez
Miss Santo Domingo Este
Miss Santo Domingo Norte
Miss Santo Domingo Oeste
Miss Valverde
Dominican Communities Abroad
Miss Comunidad Dominicana en Estados Unidos
Miss Comunidad Dominicana en México
Miss Comunidad Dominicana en Puerto Rico
Miss Comunidad Dominicana en Venezuela
Miss Comunidad Dominicana en Italia

Miss República Dominicana Universo winners[edit]

Color Key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-Up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists or Semifinalists
Year Miss República Dominicana Represented Host City Placement
2018 Aldy María Bernard Bonilla Laguna Salada Santiago
2017 Carmen Muñoz Guzmán Duarte Santiago
2016 Rosalba Abreu García[3] Maimón Santo Domingo
2015 Clarissa María Molina Contreras Espaillat Santo Domingo Top 10
2014 Kimberly Altagracia Castillo Mota Higüey Santo Domingo
2013 Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramírez Elías Piña Higüey Top 10
2012 Dulcita Lieggi Francisco Distrito Nacional Santo Domingo
2011 Dalia Cristina Fernández Sánchez Santiago Santo Domingo
2010 Eva Carolina Arias Viñas Espaillat Santo Domingo
2009 Ada Aimée de la Cruz Ramírez San José de Ocoa Santo Domingo 1st Runner-Up
2008 Marianne Elizabeth Cruz González Hermanas Mirabal Santo Domingo 2nd Runner-Up
2007 Massiel Indira Taveras Henríquez Santiago Santo Domingo
2006 Mía Lourdes Taveras López Santiago Santo Domingo
2005 Renata De Jesús Soñé Savery Distrito Nacional Santo Domingo 2nd Runner-Up
2004 Larissa Del Mar Fiallo Scanlón La Vega Santo Domingo
2003 Amelia Victoria Vega Polanco Santiago Santo Domingo Miss Universe 2003
2002 Ruth Amelia Ocumárez Apataño San Pedro de Macorís Santo Domingo
Province and Municipalities that had won Miss Dominican Republic.

Province Rankings[edit]

Province Titles Winning Years
Santiago 9 1927, 1963, 1987, 1991, 1992, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2011
Distrito Nacional 8 1929*, 1956, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1993, 2005, 2012******
Puerto Plata 6 1928, 1962, 1968, 1977****, 1981, 1985
La Vega 5 1952, 1989, 1994, 2004, 2012
Duarte 4 1953, 1967, 1988, 2017
Espaillat 1958, 1974, 2010, 2015
Elías Piña 2 1964***, 2013
Hermanas Mirabal 1973****, 2008
San Pedro de Macorís 1982, 2002
San Juan 1966, 2001
San Cristóbal 1955**, 1995
Samaná 1969, 1979
Laguna Salada 1 2018
Municipio Maimón 2016
Higüey 2014
San José de Ocoa 2009
Constanza 2000
Moca 1999
Monseñor Nouel 1998
Azua 1997
La Romana 1996
Monte Cristi 1986
Santiago Rodríguez 1980
María Trinidad Sánchez 1978
Independencia 1976
Dajabón 1975
Barahona 1972
El Seibo 1971
Valverde 1970
Sánchez Ramírez 1965
Pedernales 1957
La Altagracia 1954
  • *As Old Santo Domingo Province
  • ** As Trujillo Province
  • *** As San Rafael Province
  • **** Won handpicked
  • ***** As Salcedo Province
  • ****** Crowned as new titleholder

Miss Dominican Republic Mundo winners[edit]

Miss Mundo Dominicana is a pageant that was made 2003 until 2013. Since 1956 they crowned Miss Dominican Republic, Miss Dominican World and Reina Nacional de Belleza Miss República Dominicana together. Then they split up in 2003. In 2011, the Miss Dominican Republic World was given to Dominican designer Diany Mota, along with Miss Dominican Republic International.

Geisha Montes de Oca, Miss Dominican Republic World 2008
Color Key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-Up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists or Semifinalists
Year Miss Mundo Dominicana Province Placement Awards
2018 Denise Margarita Romero Franjul La Altagracia Miss World Sport (Top 24)
2017 Aletxa Marie Mueses Santana Santiago Top 40 Miss World Sport
Miss World Top Model (Top 30)
2016 Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramírez Santo Domingo Norte 1st Runner-Up Beauty with a Purpose (Top 24)
Miss World Sport (Top 24)
Miss World Top Model (2nd Runner-Up)
2015 Cinthya Núñez Duarte
2014 Dhío Moreno Santos Santo Domingo Este Top 25
2013 Joely Bernat Rodríguez Com. Dom. En EE.UU Top 20
2012 Sally Aponte Tejada Hermanas Mirabal Top 30
2011 Marianly Tejada Burgos Duarte Miss World Sport
2010 Elizabeth Turra Brower Distrito Nacional
2009 Ana Rita Contreras Sosa Monte Plata
2008 Geisha Nathali Montes De Oca Robles Distrito Nacional
2007 Ada Aimée de la Cruz Ramírez San Cristóbal Top 16 Miss World Beach Beauty
2006 Paola María Torres Cohén Santiago
2005 Elisa Abreu De Los Santos La Vega
2004 Claudia Julissa Cruz Rodríguez Monseñor Nouel 1st Runner-Up
2003 María Eugenia Vargas Sánchez Ramírez Top 20

Province Rankings[edit]

Province and Municipalities that had won Miss Dominican Republic for Miss World.
Province Titles Winning Years
Santiago 6 1976, 1980, 1985, 1986, 2006, 2017
Distrito Nacional 5 1967, 1982, 2000, 2008, 2010*
La Vega 1976, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2005
Puerto Plata 1972, 1973, 1978, 1989, 1997
Duarte 4 1968, 1981, 2011, 2015
La Altagracia 3 1970, 1977, 2018
Hermanas Mirabal 2 1987**, 2012
Bonao 2001, 2002*
Azua 1983, 1996
El Seibo 1984, 1995
Santo Domingo Norte 1 2016
Santo Domingo Este 2014
Com. Dom. En Estados Unidos 2013
Monte Plata 2009
San Cristóbal 2007
Monseñor Nouel 2004
Sánchez Ramírez 2003
Moca 1999
San Pedro de Macorís 1998
Baní 1994
Pedernales 1990
Santiago Rodríguez 1988
Bahoruco 1979
Ciudad Santo Domingo 1975
Barahona 1971
San Juan 1966
  • *Was prepared to go to Miss World but had an issues in attending and withdrew before going.
  • ** As Salcedo Province

Miss Dominican Republic Tierra winners[edit]

The Dominican Republic Earth, also known as Miss Tierra República Dominicana, used to be crowned together with the Miss Dominican Republic Universe, Miss Dominica World, and Reina Nacional de Belleza Miss República Dominicana from 2001 to 2003. In 2003, the four beauty pageant titles were split until 2013.

The Miss Tierra República Dominicana national pageant is held annually. The winner is expected to participate in the international Miss Earth beauty pageant, an annual international beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness. The Miss Earth winner serves as the spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other environmental organizations.[4]

Color Key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-Up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists or Semifinalists
Year Miss Tierra República Dominicana Province/City/Community Placement Awards
2018 Gabriela Franceschini Duarte Miss Brisa Marina
2nd, silver medalist(s) Swimsuit (Fire group)
2nd, silver medalist(s) Long Gown (Fire group)
2017 Ingrid Franco Boca Chica 3rd, bronze medalist(s) National Costume (North América)
2016 Nicole Jimeno Valverde
2015 Alexandra Elizabeth Parker Monte Plata
2014 Mayté Brito* San Cristóbal Miss Oakwood
2nd, silver medalist(s) Resort Wear
Cheryl Ortega Duarte
2013 María Eugenia de los Santos San Juan
2012 Rocío Castellanos Santiago Miss Careline
Miss Bicol Shirts
1st, gold medalist(s) Walk with M.E.
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Sponsored Swimsuit Parade
2nd, silver medalist(s)Ever Bilena Make-up Challenge
2011 Sarah María Féliz Mok Monseñor Nouel
2010 Wisleidy Osorio Samaná
2009 Mariel García San Francisco de Macorís
2008 Diana Flores San Francisco de Macorís
2007 Themys Fabrier Azua Top 16
2006 Alondra Peña Puerto Plata
2005 Amell Yoselin Santana de Jesus Hato Mayor 1st Runner-Up
2004 Nileny Estevez Santiago Rodríguez
2003 Suanny Frotaan La Romana
2002 Yilda Santana Duvergé
2001 Catherine Núñez Elías Piña
  • *Cheryl Ortega was originally set to compete at Miss Earth 2014 but withdrew due to her studies. Mayte Brito who was originally set to compete the following year will step in her place.


Province and Municipalities that had won Miss Dominican Republic for Miss Earth.
Province Titles Winning Years
San Francisco de Macorís/Duarte 4 2008, 2009, 2014*, 2018
Boca Chica 1 2017
Valverde 2016
Monte Plata 2015
San Cristóbal 2014*
San Juan 2013
Santiago 2012
Monseñor Nouel 2011
Samaná 2010
Azua 2007
Puerto Plata 2006
Hato Mayor 2005
Santiago Rodríguez 2004
La Romana 2003
Duvergé 2002
Elias Piña 2001

Miss Dominican Republic Internacional winners[edit]

Reina Nacional de Belleza Miss República Dominicana is a pageant that was made 2003. Since 1962 they crowned Miss Dominican Republic, Miss Dominican World and Reina Nacional de Belleza Miss República Dominicana together. Then they split up in 2003 until 2013. In 1991 Miss Dominican Republic International 1991 Rafaela Suarez didn't wanted to enter in Miss International 1991, so Melissa Vargas took over. In the Miss Dominican Republic pageant 1995 and Miss Dominican Republic 1996, the winners would enter both Miss Universe and Miss International. In 2003, the first winner, Aura Ramos could enter Miss International 2003 due to visa problems at last minute. It had various names during its history. They were Señorita República Dominicana Internacional, Miss RD Internacional and Reina Nacional de Belleza.

Color Key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-Up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists or Semifinalists
Year Miss RD Internacional City/Province Placement Awards
2018 Stéphanie Bustamante Com. Dom. En EE.UU.
2017 Jennifer Valdez Pedernales
2016 Cynthia Núñez Duarte Top 15
2015 Irina Peguero La Altagracia
2014 Bárbara Santana Com. Dom. En EE.UU.
2013 Carmen Muñoz Guzmán Santiago
2012 Melody Mir Jiménez Santiago 3rd Runner-Up
2011 Catherine Ramírez Rosario Espaillat
2010 Sofinel Báez María Trinidad Sánchez
2009 Victoria Fernández Santiago Top 15
2008 Claudia Mabel Peña Gómez Monseñor Nouel
2007 Ana Carolina Viñas La Altagracia
2006 Wilma Joama Abreu Nazario Monte Plata Top 12
2005 Yadira Geara Cury Espaillat 1st Runner-Up
2004 Carol Melissa Arciniegas Disla Com. Dom. En Nueva York
2002 Jeimi Vanessa Hernandez Franjul Bonao Top 12

Province Rankings[edit]

Province and Municipalities that had won Miss Dominican Republic for Miss International.
Province Titles Winning Years
Santiago 6 1967, 1991, 1994, 2009, 2012, 2013
Espaillat 3 1963, 2005, 2011
Peravia 2 1997, 1999
La Altagracia 2007, 2015
Com. Dom. En Estados Unidos 2014, 2018
Pedernales 1 2017
Duarte 2016
María Trinidad Sánchez 2010
Monseñor Nouel 2008
Monte Plata 2006
Com. Dom. En Nueva York 2004
Bonao 2002
Santo Domingo Este 2001
Samaná 2000
San Juan 1998
La Romana 1996
San Cristóbal 1995
Barahona 1992
Puerto Plata 1990
Azua 1989
Valverde 1964
Santiago Rodríguez 1962

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Concurso Nacional de Belleza de la República Dominicana coronara Grand Slams y 9 otras franquicias
  2. ^ "Chiqui Hadad anuncia Miss San Cristóbal 2009" July 11, 2009
  3. ^ "Sal García is Miss República Dominicana 2016". Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  4. ^ Borja, Tessa (October 17, 2007). "Jennifer Neves is Miss Earth Guam". Marianas Variety News, Guam Edition. Retrieved September 11, 2008.

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