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Miss Universe 2002
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Justine Pasek of Panama, Miss Universe 2002
DateMay 29, 2002
EntertainmentMarc Anthony
VenueColiseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico
WinnerJustine Pasek
Oxana Fedorova
 Russia (Dethroned)
CongenialityMerlisa George
 US Virgin Islands
Best National CostumeVanessa Mendoza
PhotogenicIsis Casalduc
 Puerto Rico
← 2001
2003 →

Miss Universe 2002, the 51st Miss Universe pageant, 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 as her successor 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.

To date, the 2002 pageant is the only time the 1st runner-up has 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. The official reason for Fedorova's dethronement has not been disclosed by the Miss Universe Organization. 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.



Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 2002
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 10

Final Competition Score

Order of announcements


Original winner Oxana Fedorova of Russia who was later dethroned
Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Countries and territories which sent delegates and results for Miss Universe 2002





  •  Spain - The winner of Miss España 2001 pageant, Lorena Ayala cut all ties with the Miss España organization and lost the right to representing Spain in any international pageant after a threat of lawsuit against the Miss España Organization by her family side due to breaching her contract with the organization, then they replaced her with the new Miss España 2002, Vania Millán by the Miss Universe Organization's request.[2][3]


Other countries with Miss Universe licence that didn't send delegates that year:


Other notes

  • 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 to 2005, the delegates did not wear their national costumes during the parade.[citation needed]
  • Josiane Oliveira of Brazil was dethroned after Big Brother Brasil. The local organization discovered that she was married. The 2002 Miss Brazil 1st runner-up took over the title just two months before passing the crown to her successor.[citation needed]

General references

  • West, Donald (ed.). "Miss Universe 2002". Archived from the original on February 7, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)


  1. ^ "New Miss Universe Crowned". CNN. September 24, 2002. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "Los padres de Lorena Van Heerde denuncian a la organización de Miss España por impago". HOLA USA. April 5, 2002.
  3. ^ "Lorena Van Heerde: 'Aunque habían enviado mi documentación a Miss Universo, sabían que no pensaba ir'". HOLA USA. April 11, 2002.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)