Miss Universe 2006

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Miss Universe 2006
Zuleyka Rivera, Red Dress Collection 2007
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, USA
Broadcaster NBC, Telemundo
Entrants 86
Placements 20
Debuts Kazakhstan
Withdraws 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 Angela Asare
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, USA. The pageant was co-hosted by Nancy O'Dell and Carlos Ponce.

At the conclusion of the final competition, outgoing titleholder Natalie Glebova of Canada crowned her successor Zuleyka Rivera of Puerto Rico.

This was the first time since 1998 the USA has hosted the pageant, and the second time for Los Angeles, which last hosted in 1990.

Kazakhstan was represented for the first time, while the following countries returned after some years of absence: St. Lucia (1977), Iceland (1997), St. Martin (2000), Northern Marianas (2002), Argentina (2003), New Zealand (2003), Estonia (2004), Ghana (2004), St. Vincent & Grenadines (2004), and Sweden (2004).

Glebova's reign would be the longest ever in Miss Universe history up to that point: 1 year and 2 months (until Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011, who reigned for 1 year and 98 days). Rivera currently holds the shortest completed reign at 10 months.

The Top five in 2006 represented different regions of the world: Puerto Rico in the Caribbean, Japan in Asia, Switzerland in Europe, Paraguay in South America and the USA in North America.


Countries and territories which sent delegates and results.
Top 5 at Miss Universe 2006


Final Results Contestant
Miss Universe 2006
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 10
Top 20

Special Awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Best National Costume
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic

Order of announcements[edit]


Telecast Judges[edit]

Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The following celebrities judged the final competition.

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

Background Music[edit]


National competitions[edit]




Did not compete[edit]


International broadcasting[edit]

These are some of the networks outside the United States (telecasted on NBC and Telemundo) that showed the 2006 Miss Universe pageant live (or recorded earlier) in their respective countries and territories:


  1. ^ a b c "New Miss Universe hails from Puerto Rico". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. July 24, 2006. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 

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