Miss Universe 2002

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Miss Universe 2002
Miss Universe 2002
Date 29 May 2002
Presenters Phil Simms, Daisy Fuentes, Brook Lee
Entertainment Marc Anthony
Venue Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
Broadcaster CBS
Entrants 75
Placements 10
Debuts Albania, China
Withdraws Argentina, Belize, Botswana, Indonesia, Lebanon, Malta, New Zealand, Paraguay, Taiwan, Turks & Caicos, Zimbabwe
Returns Australia, Guyana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia

Oxana Fedorova
 Russia (dethroned)

Justine Pasek
 Panama (successor)
Congeniality Merlisa George
 US Virgin Islands
Best National Costume Vanessa Mendoza
Photogenic Isis Casalduc
 Puerto Rico

Miss Universe 2002, the 51st Miss Universe pageant, was held on 29 May 2002 at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 75 delegates competed in this year. Oxana Fedorova of Russia crowned by Denise Quiñones of Puerto Rico. Fedorova was dethroned four months later[1] and 1st runner-up Justine Pasek of Panama took over the Miss Universe title. This was the last Miss Universe show to be aired on CBS. Beginning with the next Miss Universe pageant, NBC assumed co-ownership of the pageant along with Donald Trump, and as a result began televising the pageant.


Countries and territories which sent delegates and results
Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico


Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 2002
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up

Special awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
Best National Costume
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic
Bluepoint Best in Swimsuit

Semi-final scores[edit]

Order of announcements[edit]

Background music[edit]


Final telecast[edit]







Other notes[edit]

  • The Parade of Nations was conducted outdoors in the streets of Old San Juan for the first time and the delegates all wore their national costumes and presented in alphabetical order. This format of the parade would continue until 2005, although from 2003–2005, the delegates did not wear their national costumes during the parade.
  • Albania and the People's Republic of China debuted at this year's pageant, and both also made it to the semi-finals for the first time.
  • Cyprus placed in the semi-finals for the first time.
  • Russia, Venezuela, and India also placed in the semi-finals in 2001.
  • Germany last placed in the semi-finals in 1989, Panama in 1997, and both South Africa and Canada in 2000.
  • Vania Millan Miras of Spain won the Miss Spain 2002 title, but was a replacement of Lorena Van Heerde Ayala, the winner of the Miss Spain 2001 pageant.
  • For the third time in the history of Miss Universe, Miss USA failed to place.
  • Josiane Oliveira of Brazil was dethroned after participate of the TV show Big Brother Brasil. The local organization discover during the reality that she was married. The 2002 Miss Brazil 1st runner-up take over the title just two months before pass the crown to the Miss Brazil 2003.

International broadcasters[edit]

These networks televised the 2002 Miss Universe pageant live (or recorded it earlier for future broadcast) in their respective countries and territories:


  1. ^ "New Miss Universe Crowned". CNN. September 24, 2002. Retrieved 10-5-2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)