Miss Universe Kosovo

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Not to be confused with Miss Kosovo.
Miss Universe Kosova
Miss Kosova Organization
Motto Breathtaking Beauty
Formation 2008
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Pristina
Location
Membership
Miss Universe
Miss Earth
Official language
Albanian
Presidents
Agnesa Vuthaj, Fadil Berisha
Website misskosova.info

Miss Universe Kosovo is a national Beauty pageant that sends representatives from Kosovo to the Miss Universe pageant.

History[edit]

In 2008, On 4 April 2008, Fadil Berisha - photographer of Miss Universe’s official photos - hosted Kosovo's inaugural pageant where Zana Krasniqi was crowned. She went on represent Kosovo at the Miss Universe pageant.[1] This was the first appearance in a Miss Universe pageant for Miss Kosovo following the country's declaration of independence on February 17, 2008.

In 2013 Fadil Berisha and Agnesa Vuthaj took control of Miss Kosovo and retrieved the Miss Universe franchise. This happened after the previous Miss Universe Kosovo director, Agron Selimi and team made the decision to send their winner to Miss World. Thus, winners for Miss Earth and Miss Universe pageant is being held under single pageant.

Titleholders[edit]

Miss Universe Kosovo[edit]

Aferdita Dreshaj, Miss Universe Kosovo 2011/ Top 16 in Miss Universe 2011.
Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists

The first titleholder in Zana Krasniqi who eventually placed as a Top 10 finalist at the 2008 Miss Universe pageant. She is the first ever Kosovar woman to enter and place in the contest, finishing 6th, just two tenths of a point from the top five.[2]

The following year turned out to be another success for the Miss Universe Kosovo pageant: Marigona Dragusha, known as "Gona Dragusha", placed second runner-up to Miss Universe 2009 in the Bahamas making her to be the first delegate from Kosovo to make it top the top five.[3]

In terms of placements, Kosovo has been one of the most successful entrants into the Miss Universe pageant. Ever since debuting in 2008, Kosovo has missed the semi-finals only twice, in 2010 and 2014, beating many other countries that have been competing for decades.

One of the winners of Miss Kosovo represents her country at Miss Universe. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent.

Year Miss Universe Kosovo Municipality Placement Special Awards
2008 Zana Krasniqi[2][1] Pristina Top 10 Best National Costume (Top 10)
2009 Marigona Dragusha[3] Pristina 2nd Runner-up
2010 Kështjella Pepshi[4] Pristina Unplaced
2011 Afërdita Dreshaj[5] Pristina Top 16
2012 Diana Avdiu Pristina Top 16 Miss Photogenic
2013 Mirjeta Shala Vushtrri Did not compete
2014 Artnesa Krasniqi Pristina Unplaced
2015 Mirjeta Shala Vushtrri Unplaced
2016 Camila Barraza[6] Pristina Unplaced
2017 TBA TBA TBA

Miss Earth Kosovo[edit]

Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists

The first ever delegate for Miss Earth from Kosovo is Mirjeta Zeka in 2002. She is the first ever delegate from Kosovo to join in a major beauty pageant while Kosovo was still then part of Yugoslavia or Serbia. However, as when the pageant concluded, she went home unplaced.

The organization responsible for sending a delegate to Miss Earth was a different organization in 2002 and in 2003. It was in 2007 when Agnesa Vuthaj acquired the franchise and sent Miss Kosovo 2007 winner, Yllka Berisha, to Miss Earth 2008. However, she was unable to grab a spot in the semifinals as well.

In 2014, Kaltrina Neziri was supposed to compete for Miss Earth but her visa was denied and was not able to compete. The organizer decided that she would compete for the following year, instead.

To date, there is yet a Kosovan delegate to place in the Miss Earth pageant.

One of the winners of Miss Kosovo represents her country at Miss Earth. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent.

Year Miss Earth Kosovo Municipality Placement Special Awards
2002 Mirjeta Zeka Pristina Unplaced
2003 Teuta Hoxha Pristina Unplaced
2008 Yllka Berisha Pristina Unplaced
2009 Elsa Marku Pristina Unplaced
2010 Morena Taraku Pejë Unplaced
2011 Nora Asani Pristina Unplaced
2012 Ajshe Babatinca Pristina Unplaced
2013 Donika Emini[7] Pristina Unplaced
2014 Kaltrina Neziri[8] Pristina Did not compete Did not compete
2015 Unplaced 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Long Gown
2016 Andina Pura Pristina Did not compete Did not compete

Notes[edit]

In 2013 the former Miss Universe Kosovo team pulled out of Miss Universe and decided to send their winning girl to Miss World 2013. Instead Fadil Berisha held a separate Miss Universe Kosovo edition in which Mirjeta Shala was crowned. However, in October Kosovo withdrew from the Miss Universe 2013 pageant because the security of Kosovo's contestant could not be assured in Russia.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Zana Krasniqi will represent Kosovo in Miss Universe 2008". Kosfusion.com. April 7, 2008. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Zana Krasniqi among the 10 most beautiful in Miss Universe". Malesia.org. July 15, 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "The World's Third Most Beautiful Woman". Balkan Insight. September 21, 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Beautiful trio: Three Swiss women at Miss Universe". Blick. August 8, 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Miss Universe Kosova 2011". Bayrak. January 18, 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Camila Barraza crowned as Miss Universe Kosovo 2016". www.angelopedia.com. Angelopedia. 8 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Mirjeta Shala dhe Donika Emini janë fituese në 'Miss Kosova 2013'". telegrafi.com. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  8. ^ "Kaltrina e Agnesa, drejt 'Miss Earth' dhe 'Miss Universe' (in Albanian)". Tribuna. 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 

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