Miss Universe 2001

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Miss Universe 2001
Date May 11, 2001
Presenters Elle Macpherson, Naomi Campbell, Todd Newton, Brook Lee
Entertainment Ricky Martin, La Ley
Venue Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Broadcaster CBS
Entrants 77
Placements 10
Debuts Slovenia
Withdrawals Australia, Belize, Denmark, Great Britain, Guam, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Namibia, St. Martin
Returns Antigua & Barbuda, Curaçao, Nicaragua, Northern Marianas, Turkey, US Virgin Islands
Winner Denise Quiñones
 Puerto Rico
Congeniality Nakera Simms
Best National Costume Kim Sa-rang
Photogenic Denise Quiñones
 Puerto Rico
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Miss Universe 2001 the 50th Miss Universe pageant, was held on May 11, 2001 at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Denise Quiñones of Puerto Rico was crowned by Lara Dutta of India at the event's conclusion. Seventy-seven contestants competed in this year.



Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 2001
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up


Countries and territories which sent delegates and results for Miss Universe 2001


Other notes[edit]

  • The Parade of Nations followed the 1989 pageant in continental format and the delegates wore their national costumes.
  • Poland was supposed to be represented by the 1st runner-up of Miss Polonia, Malgorzata Rozniecka. Studies prevented her from going, and the organization picked another finalist, Monika Gruda. Later in September, Malgorzata Rozniecka won the Miss International pageant in Japan.
  • France, Élodie Gossuin who would later win Miss Europe, faced controversy when it was rumoured that she was a transsexual, which she strongly denied. A medical examination confirmed that she was a natural-born woman.[1][2][3]
  • The organization invited Miss Russia 2001, Oxana Fedorova, to attend the pageant. But Fedorova said she couldn't compete because of her studies, and that she would compete in 2002. Her 1st runner-up, Oxana Kalandyrets, competed instead and became a top 10 finalist. Fedorova would go on to win the following year's Miss Universe pageant, only to be dethroned and replaced with her runner-up four months later. [4]
  • Oxana Kalandyrets sported the same evening gown that Miss Russia 1997, Anna Baitchick, wore during Miss Universe 1997.
  • Miss Spain 2001, Lorena van Heerde, could not compete in the pageant because she was underage (17 at the time). Her 1st runner-up, Eva Sisó, replaced her. Lorena was supposed then to compete in Miss Universe 2002 as well, but after a scandal -involving an undercover journalist- threatened the integrity of the Miss Spain pageant, van Heerde crowned her successor and cut all ties with the organization.
  • Juliana Borges of Brazil was heavily criticized after openly admitting to the media that she had undergone nineteen plastic surgeries, stating "It's like studying for a math exam and you get good grades... you study and you work hard to have the perfect body". Despite a public outcry she was still allowed to compete.[5]


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