Miss Universe 2004
|Miss Universe 2004|
|Date||1 June 2004|
|Presenters||Billy Bush, Daisy Fuentes|
|Venue||Centro de Convenciones CEMEXPO, Quito, Ecuador|
|Debuts||Ethiopia, Georgia, Vietnam|
|Withdrawals||Albania, Argentina, Mauritius, Namibia, New Zealand|
|Returns||Austria, Botswana, Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Kenya, Lebanon, Paraguay, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Turks & Caicos, Uruguay|
|Best National Costume||Jessica Rodríguez
Miss Universe 2004, the 53rd Miss Universe pageant, was held on 1 June 2004 at the Centro de Convenciones CEMEXPO in Quito, Ecuador. Jennifer Hawkins of Australia was crowned by Amelia Vega of the Dominican Republic as her successor at the end of the event. 80 contestants competed in this year.
|Miss Universe 2004|
- Angola - Telma Sonhi
- Antigua & Barbuda - Ann-Marie Brown
- Aruba - Zizi Lee
- Australia - Jennifer Hawkins
- Austria - Daniela Strigl
- Bahamas - Raquel Simone Horton
- Barbados - Cindy Baston
- Belgium - Lindsy Dehollander
- Belize - Leilah Pandy
- Bolivia - Gabriela Oviedo
- Botswana - Icho Keolotswe
- Brazil - Fabiane Niclotti †
- Bulgaria - Ivelina Petrova
- Canada - Venessa Fisher
- Cayman Islands - Stacey-Ann Kelly
- Chile - Gabriela Barros
- China - Zhang Meng
- Colombia - Catherine Daza Manchola
- Costa Rica - Nancy Soto
- Croatia - Marijana Rupčić
- Curaçao - Angeline da Silva
- Cyprus - Nayia Iacovidou
- Czech Republic - Lucie Váchová
- Denmark - Tina Christensen
- Dominican Republic - Larimar Fiallo
- Ecuador - Susana Rivadeneira
- Egypt - Heba El-Sisy
- El Salvador - Gabriela Mejía
- Estonia - Sirle Kalma
- Ethiopia - Ferehyiwot Abebe
- Finland - Mira Salo
- France - Lætitia Bléger
- Georgia - Nino Murtazashvilli
- Germany - Shermine Shahrivar
- Ghana - Minaye Donkor
- Greece - Valia Kakouti
- Guatemala - Marva Weatherborn
- Guyana - Odessa Phillips
- Hungary - Blanka Bakos
- India - Tanushree Dutta
- Ireland - Cathriona Duignam
- Israel - Gal Gadot
- Italy - Laia Manetti
- Jamaica - Christine Straw
- Japan - Eri Machimoto
- Kenya - Anita Maina
- Korea - Choi Yun-yong
- Lebanon - Marie-José Hnein
- Malaysia - Andrea Fonseka
- Mexico - Rosalva Luna
- Netherlands - Lindsay Grace Pronk
- Nicaragua - Marifely Argüello
- Nigeria - Anita Uwagbale
- Norway - Katherine Sorland
- Panama - Jessica Rodríguez
- Paraguay - Yanina González
- Peru - Liesel Holler
- Philippines - Maricar Manalaysay Balagtas
- Poland - Paulina Panek
- Puerto Rico - Alba Reyes
- Russia - Ksenia Kustova
- Serbia & Montenegro - Dragana Dujović
- Singapore - Sandy Chua
- Slovak Republic - Zuzana Dvorska
- Slovenia - Sabina Remar
- South Africa - Joan Ramagoshi
- Spain - María Jesús Ruiz
- St. Vincent & the Grenadines - Laferne Fraser
- Sweden - Katarina Wigander
- Switzerland - Bianca Sissing
- Chinese Taipei - Janie Yu-Chen Hsieh
- Thailand - Morakot Aimee Kittisara
- Trinidad & Tobago - Danielle Jones
- Turkey - Fatos Segmen
- Turks & Caicos - Shamara Ariza
- Ukraine - Oleksandra Nikolayenko
- Uruguay - Nicole Dupont
- United States - Shandi Finnessey
- Venezuela - Ana Karina Áñez
- Vietnam - Hoàng Khánh Ngọc
The judging panel for the final competition included:
- Bo Derek  - Film actress
- Bill Rancic  - Winner of the first season of The Apprentice
- Katie Pritz - Today Show's "You Be The Judge" contest winner
- Wendy Fitzwilliam  - Miss Universe 1998 from Trinidad & Tobago
- Elsa Benítez  - International supermodel
- Jon Tutolo  - President of Trump Model Management
- Anne Martin  - Vice President of Global Cosmetics and Marketing of Procter & Gamble Cosmetics
- Monique Menniken  - Supermodel
- Petra Nemcova  - Sports Illustrated supermodel
- Jefferson Pérez - 1996 Ecuadorian Olympic Gold Medalist
- Emilio Estefan - Music producer and entertainer
Note: Kwame Jackson, runner-up on the first season of The Apprentice, was initially chosen as a judge, but he was disqualified because he inadvertently visited the hotel where the delegates were staying and interacted with some of the contestants.
- Albania - No contest.
- Andorra - Maria José Girol Jimenez - Due lack of Sponsorship.
- Argentina - No contest due lack of Sponsorship.
- British Virgin Islands - Dian Sanderson - Due lack of Sponsorship.
- Great Britain - No contest.
- Guam - No contest.
- Indonesia - Dian Krishna
- Iceland - Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir
- Mauritius - Miss Mauritius 2003, Sabine Bourdet did not participate due Health Problems.
- Namibia - Petrina Thomas - Due lack of Sponsorship.
- New Zealand- No contest.
- Portugal - No contest.
- US Virgin Islands - No contest.
- Slovakia - Zita Galgociova was initially chosen to represent Slovak Republic, but she was replaced with her first runner-up Zuzana Dvorska because she was under the minimum age.
Quito, Ecuador was announced as host city of the pageant on 19 August 2003. The city paid $5 million for the right to host the event, although it anticipated recouping this through visitors and promotion of the country during the televised competition.
In March, Ecuador's foreign trade minister was forced to reject rumours that the pageant was at risk of being moved to China, and he urged Ecuadoreans to back the pageant. As an added incentive for tourists, American Airlines, official airline sponsor of the pageant, offered 5% off airfares to Quito for travel to the pageant, as well as 10% off for those who booked a month in advance. The attempted use of the pageant to promote Ecuador threatened to be derailed just prior to the telecast, when a corruption scandal led to growing demands for the removal of President Lucio Gutierrez in the politically unstable country.
Prior to the arrival of delegates in early May, officials in Quito attempted to renovate areas where they would be visiting, which involved temporarily removing beggars and homeless people from certain areas of the city. Similar action was taken in Bangkok, Thailand prior to Miss Universe 1992 and in Manila, Philippines prior to Miss Universe 1994. The event was protested by native Indian activists and environmentalists who accused the government of concealing the nations poverty whilst the pageant was being hosted.
The delegates, judges, media and tourists were heavily protected by a security detail involving over 5000 police officers. On 16 May, just hours before delegates were expected to participate in a parade in Cuenca, a pamphlet bomb was deactivated by police. Although it was protesting the economic policies of the Ecuadorean government, police suspected that the bomb, found just six blocks from the parade route, was timed specifically to coincide with the event.
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