Miss Universe 2003
|Miss Universe 2003|
Miss Universe 2003 Amelia Vega
|Date||3 June 2003|
|Venue||Figali Convention Center, Panama City, Panama|
TVN (official broadcaster)
|Debuts||Serbia and Montenegro|
|Winner||Amelia Vega |
|Congeniality||Kai Davis |
Antigua and Barbuda
|Best National Costume||Amelia Vega |
|Photogenic||Carla Tricoli |
Miss Universe 2003, the 52nd Miss Universe pageant, was held on 3 June 2003 at the Figali Convention Center in Panama City, Panama. Amelia Vega of the Dominican Republic was crowned by Justine Pasek of Panama as her successor at the end of the event. 71 contestants competed in this year.
This was the first Miss Universe edition to be aired on NBC.
|Miss Universe 2003|
- Albania - Denisa Kola
- Angola - Ana Sebastião
- Antigua & Barbuda - Kai Davis
- Argentina - Laura Romero
- Aruba - Malayka Rasmijn
- Australia - Ashlea Talbot
- Bahamas - Nadia Johnson
- Barbados - Nadia Forte
- Belgium - Julie Taton
- Belize - Becky Bernard
- Bolivia - Irene Aguilera
- Brazil - Gislaine Ferreira
- Bulgaria - Elena Tihomirova
- Canada - Leanne Marie Cecile
- Cayman Islands - Nichelle Welcome
- China - Wu Wei
- Colombia - Diana Mantilla
- Costa Rica - Andrea Ovares
- Croatia - Ivana Delic
- Curaçao - Vanessa van Arendonk
- Cyprus - Ivi Lazarou
- Czech Republic - Kateřina Smržová
- Dominican Republic - Amelia Vega
- Ecuador - Andrea Jácome
- Egypt - Nour El-Semary
- El Salvador - Diana Valdivieso
- Estonia - Katrin Susi
- Finland - Anna Maria Strömberg
- France - Emmanuelle Chossat
- Germany - Alexsandra Vodjanikova
- Greece - Marietta Chrousala
- Guatemala - Florecita de Jesus Cobian Azurdia
- Guyana - Leanna Damond
- Hungary - Viktoria Tomozi
- India - Nikita Anand
- Ireland - Lesley Flood
- Israel - Sivan Klein
- Italy - Silvia Ceccon
- Jamaica - Michelle Lecky
- Japan - Miyako Miyazaki
- Korea - Keum Na-na
- Malaysia - Elaine Daly
- Mauritius - Marie-Aimée Bergicourt
- Mexico - Marisol González
- Namibia - Ndapewa Alfons
- Netherlands - Tessa Brix
- New Zealand - Sharee Adams
- Nicaragua - Claudia Salmeron
- Nigeria - Celia Ohumotu
- Norway - Hanne-Karine Sørby
- Panama - Stefanie de Roux
- Peru - Claudia Ortiz de Zevallos
- Philippines - Carla Gay Sunga Balingit
- Poland - Iwona Makuch
- Puerto Rico - Carla Tricoli
- Russia - Olesya Bondarenko
- Serbia & Montenegro - Sanja Papić
- Singapore - Bernice Wong
- Slovakia - Petra Mokrošová
- Slovenia - Polona Baš
- South Africa - Cindy Nell
- Spain - Eva González
- Sweden - Helena Stenbäck
- Switzerland - Nadine Vinzens
- Chinese Taipei - Szu-Yu Chen
- Thailand - Yaowalak Traisurat
- Trinidad & Tobago - Faye Alibocus
- Turkey - Özge Ulusoy
- Ukraine - Lilja Kopytova
- United States - Susie Castillo
- Venezuela - Mariángel Ruiz
During the contest:
- Iceland - Miss Iceland 2002, Manuela Ósk Harðardóttir withdrew from the pageant, when dehydration caused by the weather prevented her from competing in the Preliminaries. She stayed in Panama until the pageant was over, joined by her boyfriend.
Did not compete:
- Algeria - Mounia Achlaf
- British Virgin Islands - Bethsaida Smith - Due to lack of sponsorship.
- Cameroon - Diane Ngo Mouaha - the Miss Cameroon pageant officials showed interest to get the Miss Universe and Miss World licences to send Diane to both pageants, but however the rumors where a hoax.
- Chile - No contest due to lack of interest over Miss Universe licence rights.
- Cook Islands - Miss Cook Islands 2002, Donna Tuara did not participate due to lack of Sponsorship.
- Ghana - No contest due to date changes. The Pageant was postponed until Spring 2004.
- Guam - No contest due to lack of Sponsorship.
- Honduras - Eduardo Zablah, by-then director of Miss Honduras Universo pageant lost the Miss Universe licence following sexual harassment accusations among other abuses and breaches by the 2002 winner, Erika Ramirez against his organization. Therefore, Honduras did not participate in Miss Universe until 2007.
- Indonesia - Melanie Putria Dewita Sari
- Kenya - Pageant Postponed until 2004.
- Lebanon - The Pageant was about to be held in March, but was postponed due to the beginning of the Iraq War. It was finally held a few days before the Miss Universe pageant.
- Madagascar - Miss Universe Madagascar (Maduniverse) 2003, Joyce Ramarofahatra did not participate due to lack of Sponsorship.
- Malta - Tiziana Mifsud - the Miss Malta pageant lost their Miss Universe licence.
- Northern Marianas - Miss Northern Marianas 2003, Kimberly Nicole Castro Reyes did not participate due to lack of Sponsorship. She Went to Miss World 2003 instead.
- Portugal - No contest due to lack of Sponsorship.
- Uruguay - No contest due to the Uruguay Economic Crisis of 2002, marking the suicide of their national director, Jorge Baeza overwhelmed by economic problems.
- US Virgin Islands - No contest due to lack of Sponsorship.
- Vietnam - The Pageant was postponed until January 2004.
- Czech Republic - The winner of Miss Czech Republic 2002, Kateřina Průšová didn't compete internationally due to her poor English skills. Her 1st runner-up, Kateřina Smržová replaced her for Miss World 2002 and Miss Universe 2003.
- Egypt - Miss Egypt 2003, Horreya Farghally decided to give up the crown following several rumors of secret marriage, affecting her reputation's credibility receiving criticism by the press.
- Estonia - The winner of Eesti Miss Estonia 2003, Maili Nomm was unable to compete due to being underage. She went to Miss Europe 2003 instead.
- Poland - The winner of Miss Poland 2002, Marta Matyjasik decided not to participate in Miss Universe 2003 due to academic reasons. She Went to Miss Earth 2003 instead.
- Russia - Initially the winner of Miss Russia 2002, Svetlana Koroleva was supposed to participate in Miss Universe 2003, but she went to Miss Europe 2002 in Lebanon and won the crown, making her unable to participate at Miss Universe. Then the Miss Russia organizers held a small contest called Miss Russia Universe 2003 which the winner was Yulia Ahonkova from Moscow, but she was unable to compete in the Miss Universe pageant due to her being underage. In fact she had to be 18 by February 1 of that year, while she turned it on February 5. Yulia participated in Miss Europe 2003 instead. After that, the Miss Russia Organizers chose a 22-year-old model from Nizhny Novgorod - Maria Smirnova to participate in Miss Universe 2003, but the MUO officials rejected her due to her nude pictures for Playboy Russia Magazine of January–February 2000. Finally the Miss Universe Officials accepted the 1st runner up of miss Russia 2002, Olesya Bondarenko from Khabarovsk as the Russian representative at Miss Universe 2003 despite the fact that she wasn't the official national winner.
- Yugoslavia changed its name to Serbia & Montenegro.
- Antigua and Barbuda - Miss Congeniality (Kai Davis)
- Puerto Rico - Miss Photogenic (Carla Tricoli)
- Dominican Republic - Best National Costume (Amelia Vega)
- In terms of regional representation, this was one of the most balanced top fives in recent years, with delegates from Africa (South Africa), the Asia-Pacific Region (Japan), Europe (Serbia & Montenegro), South America (Venezuela), and the Caribbean (Dominican Republic) all making the top five. Something similar would happen in 2010.
- Due to China's obstruction, Taiwan was forced to change her sash label to Chinese Taipei. However, pageant organizers allowed Szu-Yu Chen to use the Taiwan sash while off of the stage, but the Chinese Taipei sash while on stage.
- West, Donald (ed.). "Miss Universe 2003". pageantopolis.com. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012.
- "Beauty queen renamed". Taipei Times. Taipei, Taiwan. MediaCorp Channel NewsAsia. May 23, 2003. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
- Lim Kuan Chiang (June 2, 2003). "They've got the looks". MediaCorp. Singapore. Archived from the original on October 7, 2011. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
- Double sash at Miss Universe 2003 Taiwan-Info.de Retrieved 2010-09-19. Picture of Szu-Yu Chen with the Chinese Taipei and Taiwan sashes.