Miss Universe 2002

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

Justine Pasek
 Panama (Assumed)

Oxana Fedorova
 Russia (Dethroned)
Congeniality Merlisa George
 US Virgin Islands
Best National Costume Vanessa Mendoza
Photogenic Isis Casalduc
 Puerto Rico
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Miss Universe 2002 was the 51st Miss Universe pageant. It was held on May 29, 2002 at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 75 delegates competed in this year. Oxana Fedorova of Russia was crowned by Denise Quiñones of Puerto Rico at the end of the event. Fedorova was dethroned four months later[1] and 1st runner-up Justine Pasek of Panama took over the Miss Universe title.

This makes it the first time in the pageant's history that the 1st runner-up actually assumed the title when the reigning Miss Universe became incapable of fulfilling her duties, as explained in the disclaimer traditionally read out by hosts before announcing the winner in the live show. 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.


Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico


Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 2002
2nd Runner-up
3rd Runner-up
4th Runner-up
Top 10


Countries and territories which sent delegates and results for Miss Universe 2002





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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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