Miss Universe Kosovo

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Miss Universe Kosova
Miss Kosova Organization
MottoBreathtaking Beauty
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss Universe
Miss World
Official language
Labinot Gashi

Miss Universe Kosova is a national beauty pageant that sends representatives from Kosovo[a] to the Miss Universe pageant.


Aferdita Dreshaj, Miss Universe Kosovo 2011/ Top 16 in Miss Universe 2011.

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

In 2018 Revista VIP Club took over the franchise of Miss Universe in Kosovo under the direction of TV producer Labinot Gashi. The company also holds the franchise for Miss Universe in Albania.



Miss Kosova pageants traditionally sends the main winner to upcoming Miss Universe competition.

Year Miss Kosovo Municipality Notes
2008 Zana Krasniqi Pristina A background of entertainers including her father Naim Krasniqi, a singer in Kosovo
2009 Marigona Dragusha Pristina
2010 Kështjella Pepshi Pristina Grew up in Bern, Switzerland, where she competed in the Miss Bern beauty pageant
2011 Afërdita Dreshaj Pristina Singer within Albanian-speaking countries
2012 Diana Avdiu Pristina
2013 Mirjeta Shala Vushtrri Did not compete; allocated to Miss Universe 2015
2014 Artnesa Krasniqi Pristina A Swiss-Kosovar
2016 Camila Barraza Pristina The first Argentinian who won Miss Kosova
2018 Zana Berisha Ferizaj

Miss Universe Kosovo[edit]

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 four times, in 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2016, 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
2014 Artnesa Krasniqi Pristina Unplaced
2015 Mirjeta Shala Vushtrri Unplaced
2016 Camila Barraza Pristina Unplaced
2018 Zana Berisha Suhareka Unplaced

Miss World Kosovo[edit]

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

Began 2018, one of the runner-ups of Miss Kosovo represents her country at Miss World. On occasion, when the right contestant does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, another contestant is sent.

Year Miss World Kosovo Municipality Placement Special Awards
2013 Antigona Sejdiju Pristina Unplaced
2014 Vita Rexhepi Pristina Unplaced
2018 Rreze Dautaj Pristina Did not compete

Miss Earth Kosovo[edit]

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

The first delegate for Miss Earth from Kosovo is Mirjeta Zeka in 2002. She is the first 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 Hodža Pristina Unplaced
2008 Yllka Berisha Pristina Unplaced
2009 Elsa Marku Pristina Unplaced
2010 Morena Taraku Pejë Unplaced
2011 Nora Asani Pristina Unplaced
2012 Ajše Babatinca Pristina Unplaced
2013 Donika Emini[6] Pristina Unplaced
2014 Kaltrina Neziri[7] Pristina Did not compete
2015 Unplaced
  • 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Evening Gown Competition
2016 Andina Pura Gjakova Did not compete


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 and also Russia's non-recognition of the Kosovo's independence and passport.

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  1. ^ a b Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognized as an independent state by 113 out of 193 United Nations member states, 10 of which have subsequently withdrawn recognition.


  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.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  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. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. 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. ^ "Mirjeta Shala dhe Donika Emini janë fituese në 'Miss Kosova 2013'". telegrafi.com. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  7. ^ "Kaltrina e Agnesa, drejt 'Miss Earth' dhe 'Miss Universe' (in Albanian)". Tribuna. 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014.

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