Miss Universe Puerto Rico

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Miss Universe Puerto Rico
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersSan Juan
Miss Universe
Official language
Key people
Denise Quiñones
(National Director)

Miss Universe Puerto Rico (previously called Miss Puerto Rico) is a national Beauty pageant in Puerto Rico.


In its various forms, the "Miss Puerto Rico" beauty pageant has been held almost every year since the 1950s. The winner of the contest represents Puerto Rico at the Miss Universe pageant each year.

The selection of Miss Puerto Rico commences the year before the winner advances to participate in the Miss Universe pageant. Each Puerto Rican city may choose a representative who then enters the Miss Puerto Rico finals, traditionally held at a San Juan area hotel. The winner is crowned at the conclusion of the final competition.

There have been three changes in the organization that led to modifications in the pageant's name. "Miss Puerto Rico" was held from 1952 until 1998 under the direction of Anna Santisteban, in 1996 the pageant lost the franchise for Miss Universe. From 1996 to 1998 Telemundo organized the event, under the name "Miss Universe Puerto Rico". From 1999 to 2002 TeleOnce (now Univision Puerto Rico) obtained the franchise and renamed it "Miss Puerto Rico Universe". Magali Febles organized the pageant between 2003 and 2009 and the pageant title has remained the same. In 2009, Luisito Vigoreaux and Desireé Lowry obtained the Miss Universe franchise and renamed the pageant "Miss Universe Puerto Rico".

The Miss Puerto Rico beauty pageant has now turned to technology to reach more people through the use of podcasting. Starting with the 2006 pageant, Miss Puerto Rico Universe became the first pageant of the Miss Universe franchise to have a podcast.[1] In this, Wilton Vargas, an international multi-media and technology personality, interviews all contestants with the goal of helping people get to know them better so that they can participate in the voting process using cell phones. This podcast is published as a section in technology news and information website Tecnetico.com and various podcast directories, including iTunes.

Delegates are allowed to compete more than once at the Miss Puerto Rico Universe pageant, the caveat being that they are not allowed to compete again after they have won. For example, Cynthia Olavarría placed 1st runner-up in 2003 and returned in 2005, winning the title and placing 1st runner-up at Miss Universe. A number of delegates and winners have competed in the "Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico" (Miss World Puerto Rico) pageant, a preliminary to the Miss World pageant. There are frequently crossovers between the two pageants: for example Joyce Giraud was crowned Miss Puerto Rico twice by Ana Rosa Brito, first in 1994 as Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico, then in 1998 as Miss Universe Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico is one of the most successful competitors in the history of the Miss Universe pageant, having won five times. Marisol Malaret, Miss Puerto Rico 1970, was the first Puerto Rican to win the Miss Universe title. The four other Puerto Rican delegates who have won the Miss Universe title are Deborah Carthy-Deu (1985), Dayanara Torres (1993), Denise Quiñones (2001), and Zuleyka Rivera (2006).

On November 7, 2011, Miss Universe Puerto Rico selected the first woman who was not born in Puerto Rico to represent the island at Miss Universe 2012. Bodine Koehler Peña was crowned as Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2012. Koehler was born in the Netherlands to a Dutch father and a Dominican mother, but grew up in Puerto Rico.[2]

On February 5, 2018, it was announced that Luisito Vigoreaux and Desiree Lowry had lost the rights to the franchise, with WME/IMG awarding rights to WAPA-TV.[3]

On February 15, 2018, Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2001 and Miss Universe 2001 winner Denise Quiñones was named as the pageant’s national director.[4]

Titleholders at Big Four pageants[edit]

Puerto Rico has been represented in the Big Four international beauty pageants, the four major international beauty pageants for women.[5][6] These are Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth.[7][8][9]

Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up or top 5 / 6
  •      Ended as one of the semifinalists

Representative to Miss Universe[edit]

Year Miss Universe Puerto Rico Town Placement Special Awards
2018 Kiara Liz Ortega Delgado Rincón Top 5
2017 Danyeshka Hernández Valentín San Juan
2016 Brenda Azaria Jiménez Hernández (Assumed) Aguadilla
Kristhielee Yinaira Caride Santiago (Dethroned) Isabela
2015 Catalina Morales Gómez Guaynabo
2014 Gabriela Berríos Pagán Toa Baja Miss Photogenic
2013 Monic Marie Pérez Díaz Arecibo Top 16
2012 Bodine Koehler Peña Rio Grande
2011 Viviana Ortiz Pastrana Corozal Top 16
2010 Mariana Paola Vicente Morales Rio Grande Top 10
2009 Mayra Matos Pérez Cabo Rojo 4th Runner-Up
2008 Ingrid Marie Rivera Santos Dorado
2007 Wilmadilis "Uma" Blasini Pérez Guayanilla
2006 Zuleyka Jerrís Rivera Mendoza Salinas Miss Universe 2006
2005 Cynthia Enid Olavarría Rivera Salinas 1st Runner-up
2004 Alba Giselle Reyes Santos Cidra 2nd Runner-up Miss Photogenic
2003 Carla Tricoli Rodríguez Vieques Miss Photogenic
2002 Isis Marie Casalduc González Utuado Miss Photogenic
2001 Denise Marie Quiñones August Lares Miss Universe 2001 Miss Photogenic
2000 Zoraida Isabel "Zoribel" Fonalledas Ferraiouli Guaynabo
1999 Brenda Liz López Ramos Lares Top 10 Miss Photogenic
1998 Joyce Marie Giraud Mojica Aguas Buenas 2nd Runner-Up
1997 Ana Rosa Brito Suárez San Juan Top 10
1996 Sarybel Velilla Cabeza Toa Alta
1995 Desirée Lowry Rodríguez Corozal Top 6
1994 Brenda Esther Robles Cortés Isabela
1993 Dayanara Torres Delgado Toa Alta Miss Universe 1993
1992 Daisy García Rodríguez Bayamon
1991 Lizzette Marie Bouret Echevarría Toa Alta
1990 Maria Luisa Fortuño Cosimi Guaynabo
1989 Catalina María Villar Ruiz Salinas
1988 Isabel Maria Pardo Cubeñas Guaynabo
1987 Laurie Tamara Simpson Rivera San Juan 4th Runner-Up
1986 Elizabeth Robison Latalladi San German Top 10
1985 Deborah Fátima Carthy-Deu San Juan Miss Universe 1985
1984 Sandra Beauchamp Roche Mayaguez
1983 Carmen Batíz Vergara Trujillo Alto
1982 Lourdes Milagros Mantero Hormazábal Juncos
1981 Carmen Lotti Rodríguez Guaynabo
1980 Agnes Tañón Correa Caguas Top 12
1979 Audrey Teresa "Tere" López Hernández Mayaguez
1978 Ada Cecille Perkins Flores San Juan
1977 Maria Del Mar Rivera Veglio Ponce
1976 Elizabeth Zayas Ortiz Salinas
1975 Lorell Del Carmen Carmona Juan San German
1974 Sonia María Stege Chardón San Juan Top 12
1973 Gladys Vanessa Colón Díaz Orocovis
1972 Bárbara Torres Viñolo Santurce
1971 Idalia Margarita "Beba" Franco San Juan 3rd Runner-Up
1970 Marisol Malaret Contreras Santurce Miss Universe 1970
1969 Aida Betancourt Río Piedras
1968 Marylene Carrasquillo Santurce
1967 Ivonne Coll Mendoza Fajardo
1966 Carol Bajandas Santurce
1965 Gloria Cobián Díaz Caguas
1964 Yolanda Rodríguez Machín San Juan
1963 Jeanette Biascoechea Ponce
1962 Ana Celia Sosa San Juan
1961 Enid Del Valle San Juan
1957 Mapita Mercado Cordero San Juan Miss Congeniality
1956 Paquita Vivo San Lorenzo
1955 Carmen Laura Betancourt Trujillo Alto
1954 Lucy Santiago San Juan
1953 Wanda Irizarry San Juan
1952 Marilia Levy Bernal Lares

Municipalities rankings[edit]

Municipality Title Year
San Juan 13 1953, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1971, 1974, 1978, 1985, 1987, 1997, 2017
Guaynabo 5 1981, 1988, 1990, 2000, 2015
Salinas 4 1976, 1989, 2005, 2006
Santurce 1966, 1968, 1970, 1972
Toa Alta 3 1991, 1993, 1996
Lares 1952, 1999, 2001
Río Grande 2 2010, 2012
Caguas 1996, 1980
Corozal 1995, 2011
Mayagüez 1979, 1984
San Germán 1975, 1986
Ponce 1963, 1977
Trujillo Alto 1955, 1983
Rincón 1 2018
Aguadilla 2016
Toa Baja 2014
Arecibo 2013
Cabo Rojo 2009
Dorado 2008
Guayanilla 2007
Cidra 2004
Vieques 2003
Utuado 2002
Aguas Buenas 1998
Isabela 1994
Bayamón 1992
Juncos 1982
Orocovis 1973
Río Piedras 1969
Fajardo 1967
San Lorenzo 1956

Winners gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2007 Podcast
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  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ Jun, Kwanwoo (2003-12-03). "Lost in Storm's Debris: A Beauty Pageant". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  6. ^ Kenya, News (2011-07-15). "Beauty with scandals". Standard Digital News. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  7. ^ Vietnam, News (2008-10-08). "Những scandal của Miss World". Vietnam Express. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  8. ^ Ibrahim, Lynda (2013-09-13). "The misses and missuses of the world". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  9. ^ Lowe, Aya (2016-01-25). "Philippines' Miss Universe returns home, ignites dreams". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2016-09-11.

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