Miss Universe 2006

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Miss Universe 2006
Miss Universe 2006, Zuleyka Rivera from Puerto Rico
Date 23 July 2006
Presenters Nancy O'Dell, Carlos Ponce, Carson Kressley, Shandi Finnessey
Entertainment Chelo, Vittorio Grigolo
Venue Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California United States
Broadcaster NBC, Telemundo
Entrants 86
Placements 20
Debuts Kazakhstan
Withdrawals Barbados, Belize, Curaçao, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, Vietnam
Returns Argentina, Cayman Islands, Estonia, Ghana, Iceland, New Zealand, Northern Marianas, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Sweden
Winner Zuleyka Rivera
 Puerto Rico
Congeniality Desiree Duran
Best National Costume Kurara Chibana
Photogenic Lia Andrea Ramos

Miss Universe 2006, the 55th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 23 July 2006 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, USA. Zuleyka Rivera of Puerto Rico was crowned by Natalie Glebova of Canada at the end of the event.[1] 86 contestants competed in this year.



Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 2006
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10
Top 20


Countries and territories which sent delegates and results for Miss Universe 2006
Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles
Top 5 at Miss Universe 2006


Final telecast[edit]

The following celebrities judged the final competition.

Note: Actress Bo Derek was scheduled to be a judge but was later replaced.



  •  Kazakhstan


Last competed in 1977:

  •  St. Lucia

Last competed in 1997:

  •  Iceland

Last competed in 2000:

  •  St. Martin

Last competed in 2002:

  •  Northern Marianas

Last competed in 2003:

  •  Argentina
  •  New Zealand

Last competed in 2004:

  •  Cayman Islands
  •  Estonia
  •  Ghana
  •  St. Vincent & Grenadines
  •  Sweden


  •  Barbados
  •  Belize
  •  Curaçao
  •  Italy
  •  Kenya
  •  Netherlands
  •  Vietnam


  1. ^ "New Miss Universe hails from Puerto Rico". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. 24 July 2006. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Miss Universe 2006 Pageant - 2005". Hollywood.com. February 5, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2016. 

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