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Miss Venezuela
Formation 1952
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Caracas
Miss Universe
Miss World
Miss International
Miss Earth
Official language
Osmel Sousa
Website missvenezuela.com

Miss Venezuela is a national Beauty pageant in Venezuela.

Under the direction of Osmel Sousa, Venezuela has accumulated more international pageant titles than any other country, including seven Miss Universe winners, six Miss World winners, seven Miss International winners and two Miss Earth winners.

The pageant is traditionally held in September, preceded by two or three months of preliminary events, including the awarding of corporate prizes. The final competition telecast generally lasts about four hours and is broadcast live across Latin America by Venevisión, with edited versions to the United States and Mexico on the Univision network. Since 2013, the national contest has been split into two separate pageants: Miss Venezuela (to select representatives to Miss Universe, Miss Earth and Miss International) and Miss Venezuela Mundo (to select representative to Miss World).

Thousands of entrants apply for the pageant each year. Some young women would try for up to five or six years consecutively trying to get one of the 26 to 32 titles that will enable them to compete in the final pageant. Venezuela's 23 states, capital, and two regions of Zulia State are always represented; some years other regions of the country will have representatives in the pageant. Although some major states and regions such as Zulia, Táchira, Lara, Bolivar and Carabobo will hold their own preliminaries, many of the states are assigned by geographical proximity or even random drawing to the final contestants. There is therefore considerably less emphasis on state titles than there is in other national pageants such as Miss USA, although certain areas such as Miranda, Nueva Esparta, Capital District, Guarico and Carabobo always seem to achieve high results.


Number of Wins under Miss Venezuela.

Current franchises
Pageant Titles Winning year(s)
Miss Universe 7 1979, 1981, 1986, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2013
Miss World 6 1955, 1981, 1984, 1991, 1995, 2011
Miss International 7 1985, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2015
Miss Earth 2 2005, 2013

A girl wishing to compete in the pageant starts at either the local level, if a regional contest is held in her state, or goes directly to the pageant's headquarters in Caracas. Regional contests generally select three to six candidates (except for the massive Miss Centroccidental pageant, which covers six to seven midwestern states) who will likely represent the state or one nearby: i.e. a candidate who is a finalist for Miss Carabobo will usually expect to represent Carabobo or a neighboring state such as Yaracuy in the final pageant. Osmel Sousa, president of the pageant, always sits on the selection panel regardless of whether it is a final regional contest or the direct "auditions", and it is not uncommon for him to overturn the entire regional results in favor of his own choices. For example, none of the candidates in 2004 for Vargas state were deemed fit for competition, so a candidate from Caracas was appointed Miss Vargas. Winners therefore have often never visited the state they represent. In this fashion, rather than waste five or six candidates from a strong area of the country such as Zulia in a system wherein only one can represent the state, the pageant distributes "spare states" to them so all have an opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities in the final night. Traditionally, strong candidates have been pulled from Caracas, Zulia and Carabobo states, although they can come from all over the country; e.g. in 2003 the Miss Centroccidental pageant sent seven candidates to the pageant, while in 2005 only one proceeded to the finals. In 2000, the casting made in Zulia State (called Miss Venezuela Zulia at that time) sent 7 girls to that year finals.

The pageant reserves the right to remove any candidate that is deemed not to be performing up to standard, so there is no guarantee that a contestant may participate on the final night of competition. However, such decisions are usually made before the delegates are convened and the various state sashes are handed out. The pageant keeps a "reserve" pool of willing candidates always available to replace any last minute rejected contestant. Many aspirants will also make it into the final 50 or 60, only to be eliminated from the final roster of 26–32 contestants. Such eliminations have no real bearing on how well the contestant will do in the future. Mariangel Ruiz, Miss Venezuela 2002, did not place into the final 120 in 1998; Barbara Clara, second runner-up in 2004, had previously tried for the pageant three times before winning a title at the last minute in 2004.

Reentry into the final pageant is rare, although the rules are arbitrary and not as restrictive as those in other countries. Only one contestant has ever participated in the official Miss Venezuela pageant twice: Maria Fernanda Leon, who represented Guárico in 1999 and Portuguesa in 2002, making the top 10 in her second attempt. Aida Yespica competed in Miss Venezuela World 2001 but withdrew before being assigned a state for the final pageant her year; she returned in Miss Venezuela 2002 for Amazonas state. The majority of the contestants in 2000 and 2001 competed in both the Miss Venezuela World and Miss Venezuela contests of their respective years; they were assigned numbers for the Miss World preliminary, with the most desirable contestants being allowed to proceed to the final Miss Venezuela pageant with state titles. The ten contestants for Miss Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (Miss Venezuela for Miss Universe 2000) and the six for Miss Venezuela Mundo 2006 (Miss Venezuela for Miss World 2006) were "recycled" from previous years. This situation was expected to be repeated during the 2007 pageant, in which some contestants were expected to compete again, though it didn't happen.

State titles[edit]

There is an unofficial formula to determine the states and regions represented in Venezuela. The base number of contestants over the last decade has been 26–28, which can be increased or decreased by pageant's management.

Official states (23)[edit]

  * Denotes that state has a preliminary pageant – which may or may not still be held – as of 2005 only Táchira, Zulia-Falcón, Lara, Aragua and Sucre held preliminaries.

  ** Denotes that state has been represented through the Miss Centroccidental preliminary. Additionally, three states, Carabobo, Falcon and Mérida hold their own individual pageants.

Official regions (4)[edit]

Costa Oriental and Peninsula Goajira are regions of Zulia state and are titles handed out at the Miss Zulia preliminary. As of 2003 Costa Oriental has its own preliminary.

Together, these 26 regions form the "base" of the Miss Venezuela contest. However, at times other regions and territories have been represented. If there are 27 sashes, the 27th candidate is Miss Dependencias Federales (Federal Dependencies, representing the Venezuelan islands). If there are 28 sashes, either Canaima (a national park in Bolivar state) or Peninsula de Paraguaná (a region of Falcon state) is represented. In 2003, additional titles of Península de Araya (a region of Sucre State) and Roraima (a national park in Bolivar State) were created to bring the pageant to its highest ever number of contestants: 32. Surprisingly, in 2008 Península de Araya was used again, and there was no Miss Península Goajira or Miss Costa Oriental that year. In the mid-1990s, the districts of Municipio Libertador and Municipio San Francisco were also represented, the last one only in 1997 and 1998. Also, only in 2003, Guayana Esequiba (Part of Guyana that historically Venezuela claims of its own) was represented. Vargas State, the most recent modification in Venezuela's map (1999) was always present in the pageant, but with other names: Departamento Vargas (until 1986) Municipio Vargas (1987 to 1997) Territorio Federal Vargas (1998) and Vargas State since 1999. In 2009, only 20 delegates competed for the crown, the same number that competed the final night in 2003, so some "traditional" states didn't have a representative.

Regional rankings[edit]

State Titles Winning Years
Guarico-bandera.jpg Guárico
1963, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1985, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2014
1955, 1964, 1981, 1988, 1999, 2009, 2010
 Caracas 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1965, 1968, 2001
1980, 1989, 2003, 2015
 Carabobo 1953, 1970, 1973, 1996
 Nueva Esparta 1972, 1975, 1976, 1987
 Vargas 1967, 1969, 1977, 1979
1958, 2005, 2011
1971, 2016
 Costa Oriental 1994, 2013
 Trujillo 1986, 2008
 Amazonas 1991, 2007
 Aragua 1992, 2002
 Apure 1993, 2000
 Bolívar 1952, 1990
 Zulia 1974, 1984
 Delta Amacuro
 Táchira 1997
 Yaracuy 1995
 Portuguesa 1983
 Anzoátegui 1962
  • Venezuela's international titleholders represented the following states during their Miss Venezuela competition (indicates year of international victory): Miss Universe: Vargas Department (1979), Miranda (1981), Trujillo (1986; 2009), Yaracuy (1996), Amazonas (2008) and Guarico (2013); Miss World: Miranda (1955; 1984), Aragua (1981), Zulia (1991), Nueva Esparta (1995) and Amazonas (2011); and Miss International: Monagas (1985), Miranda (1997), Costa Oriental (2000), Carabobo (2003), Barinas (2006), Trujillo (2010) and Anzoátegui (2015) . Miss Earth: Falcon (2013)


Once a candidate is shortlisted for the pageant, she begins an intensive training program which can last for six months. She receives coaching in speech, physical fitness, make-up, modelling, and all the other skills required for the competition. Plastic surgery and cosmetic dentistry are optional, and some delegates elect to use padding. As the Miss Venezuela broadcast lasts up to four hours long, with countless musical numbers and dances, rehearsals require weeks of preparation. Contestants also participate in official photoshoots (lately done by Iván Dumont, after several years by Daniel Alonso) and also fittings by fashion designers. The evening gowns worn by candidates are a major source of politicking by Venezuela's domestic fashion houses, with top designers such as Mayela Camacho, Ángel Sanchez, Durant & Diego, Jose María Almeida, and Gionni Stracia selecting candidates that they will dress for the final night, while other, newer designers compete to present designs for the pageant.[citation needed] As a general rule the evening gowns are always custom-designed for each of the candidates on the final night, and always by a Venezuelan designer. By tradition, Nidal Nouaihed dresses the representatives of his home state of Zulia (Miss Costa Oriental, Miss Peninsula Goajira, Miss Zulia); Ángel Sanchez designs the gown for Miss Trujillo; Jose María Almeida designs the dress for Miss Mérida and the national costume for Miss Venezuela to Miss Universe. Only in 1999, 26 different designers took part of the evening gown competition, one candidate for each one. Also, in 2006, for the first time ever, the designers appeared on stage with the delegates, showing their fabulous creations. For the first time, in 2008, a "best evening gown" prize was given to a designer; the winner was Gionni Stracia for Miss Monagas' dress. He also made the gown for Dayana Mendoza in the Miss Universe finals.

The winners chosen to represent Venezuela in the major pageants undergo continuous preparation before they compete internationally. These efforts are funded by corporate sponsors like Pepsi Cola, Palmolive, Colgate, Ebel and Lux who were attracted to the pageant by its high ratings. there are Miss Venezuela schools and "beauty factories" in which girls as young as 5-years-old are trained to be the next potential Miss Venezuela. At both the schools and factories the young girls and women are taught how to properly walk, given beauty tips, and given lessons in proper etiquette.

Participation in international pageants[edit]

Between 1983 and 2003, Miss Venezuela placed into the Miss Universe semi-finals each consecutive year, and placed in the top six or higher every year from 1991 to 2003. This streak was ended in 2004 when Ana Karina Áñez was not chosen as a semi-finalist at Miss Universe 2004. Venezuela has also held the Miss Universe and Miss World titles simultaneously: in 1981 with Irene Saez (Miss Universe) and Pilin Leon (Miss World).In total, Venezuela has won over seventy international crowns under the guidance of the pageant, and the country's representatives have won at least one international title each year. It was said that Osmel Sousa would have retired from his two decades of directing the pageant after seeing a Venezuelan crown another Venezuelan as Miss Universe. Until recently, when Venezuelan Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008, crowned her compatriot Stefania Fernandez as Miss Universe 2009, no country had ever won in this pageant on consecutive years (Three countries have done it in Miss World: Sweden, United Kingdom and India). Venezuela also has the record of more Continental Queen Awards: 12. Another impressive record is having a crown of one of three major pageants during consecutive years: World-International-Universe (1984, 85, 86) World-Universe-International (1995,96,97) and Universe-Universe-International-World (2008, 09,10, 11). Pageant committees from Venezuela meticulously choose best representative for international beauty pageants. It is a real fact that this country has a strong potential to compete different prestigious beauty pageants.[1]

In 2013 Venezuela has also held the Miss Universe and Miss Earth titles simultaneously Gabriela Isler (Miss Universe) and Alyz Henrich (Earth). Simultaneous titles of Big 4 pageants in the same year hadn't occurred since 1981. By winning Miss Earth 2013, put Venezuela in the map of pageantry as the first country to win all the Big Four international beauty pageants more than once.

Success in other fields[edit]

Competing in the pageant can get a contestant noticed and launched on a successful television or print career. At least a dozen well sought models come out of the pageant. Virtually all of Venezuela's female top models and television personalities are alumni of the pageant, including Maite Delgado (who competed in 1986 against future Miss Universe Bárbara Palacios), Alexandra Braun (Miss Earth 2005) and Dominika van Santen (Top Model of the World 2005).[2][3] In fact, only Gaby Espino and several other entertainment figures stand out as never having competed in the pageant. Many of today's top young models, such as Onelises Brochero and Wendy Medina, have repeatedly been rejected by Miss Venezuela; on the other hand, Goizeder Azua and Desiree Pallotta, who have variously been considered the top domestic supermodels in the country, joined the pageant after establishing their careers.

Nowadays, familiar faces on Spanish TV networks around the world, from Venezuela, include Ruddy Rodríguez, Catherine Fulop, Carolina Perpetuo, Norkys Batista, Daniela Kosán, Viviana Gibelli, Marjorie de Sousa, Chiquinquirá Delgado, Alicia Machado and Natalia Streignard. Two of the Latin world's best known people, supermodel Patricia Velásquez and singer/actress María Conchita Alonso, also participated, in 1989 and 1975, respectively. Miss Universe 1981, Irene Sáez, is perhaps most famous as the beauty queen who became mayor of Chacao part of metropolitan Caracas, governor of Nueva Esparta State, and then a candidate in Venezuelan presidential election, 1998.The Times of London ranked her 83rd in its list of the 100 most powerful women in the world.[4]

Miss Venezuela and other countries[edit]

Some delegates in the pageant have been able to use their training to achieve success in other national pageants. Natascha Börger became the first Venezuelan to switch countries, when she won the Miss Deutschland title in 2002 after placing 14th at Miss Venezuela 2000. She went on to place sixth at Miss Universe 2002 behind Miss Venezuela Cynthia Lander. Miss Trujillo 2005 Angelika Hernandez Dorendorf also ended 3rd finalist at Miss Deutschland 2007 and cancelled her participation at the Miss Intercontinental of that same year in order to continue her master's degree. In 2006, Francys Sudnicka, who placed in the top 10 representing Trujillo in Miss Venezuela 2003, won the Miss Poland Universe title. She represented Poland at Miss Universe 2006, and later represented Poland in Miss Earth 2006, taking a place in Top 8. Three Venezuelans who have won the Miss Italia nel Mondo (Miss Italy in the World) pageant placed in the final five of Miss Venezuela: Barbara Clara (Miss Amazonas 2004), Valentina Patruno (Miss Miranda 2003) and Silvana Santaella (Miss Península de Paraguaná 2003). Patruno, though born Venezuelan, represented the United States.

Other countries such as Colombia, Philippines, and Brazil have sent their titleholders to be trained by Osmel Sousa and the Venezuela pageant organization. In 2003, Amelia Vega of the Dominican Republic received training from them before going on to win the Miss Universe pageant; Mariangel Ruiz, Miss Venezuela 2002 placed second behind her.

In recent years the pageant organization has begun to "import" expatriates who have been working as international models. Miami has produced Valentina Patruno (Miss World Venezuela 2003), Andrea Gómez (Miss International Venezuela 2004), Mónica Spear (Miss Venezuela 2004), Ileana Jiménez (Miss Portuguesa 2005), and María Alessandra Villegas (Miss Península de Paraguaná 2008).

Further notes of interest[edit]

Between 2000 and 2002, the Miss Venezuela pageant was split into two contests: the Miss World Venezuela pageant, to elect the representative to Miss World, from which a reduced group of contestants would go on to compete in Miss Venezuela to go to the Miss Universe contest. In 2002, the organization merged the Miss World Venezuela contest with the Gala de Belleza, making the final "state cut" before the election of the Miss World representative. The two pageants were rejoined in 2003.

The most coveted symbol of the pageant, its crown, is a specially designed masterpiece by engineer George Wittels. It is changed about every five years, and is currently a heavy piece made out of white gold, platinum, silver, Austrian crystals and pearls. Since 2000 Miss World Venezuela carries a crown inlaid with turquoise. Winners retain their sash but are not allowed to keep the costly crowns which are passed from year to year and held in the headquarters at La Quinta Miss Venezuela.

The great pride the organization carries in its winners is never in dispute, although there remains, according to popular legend, regret for only one "stolen" crown: Carolina Izsak, Miss Venezuela 1991, considered by some the greatest winner produced. She was considered all but assured the Miss Universe 1992 crown when a mediocre interview score dropped her out of the final three. Interestingly, Michelle McLean of Namibia won the title that year, but was only a finalist several months before at Miss World 1991 which was won by Venezuelan Ninibeth Leal, whom had lost the Miss Venezuela 1991 title to Carolina.

Order of succession[edit]

There has been considerable controversy in a number of major national pageants as to how to direct their contestants to Miss Universe, Miss World, and the other international contests. The reason for this issue is the dispute between the international pageants, who generally desire that the winner of a national contest be sent. Although many nations such as Italy and Germany have completely separate pageants for Miss Universe and Miss World, in the case of Miss Venezuela the national pageant organization must field candidates to almost all of the major world contests.

As of 2003, when the current system was put into place, the winners of the Miss Venezuela title (who goes to Miss Universe) and Miss World Venezuela are equal in rank. Nevertheless, the representative to Miss Universe is still announced last, and she is still considered the holder of the one single Miss Venezuela title. Nowadays, the final five finalists are announced during the telecast, followed by the elimination of the second and first runners-up, then Miss Venezuela to Miss International, Miss Venezuela to Miss World, and Miss Venezuela to Miss Universe. Since 2010, yet another new system has been introduced, with the fifth-place finisher as the 1st. runner-up, fourth place being designated as a "representative" to Miss Earth, the third place as a "representative" to Miss International and two 'equal' crowned winners—Miss Venezuela World and Miss Venezuela Universe. While this system is similar to that of Mexico and India, in Mexico the first runner-up is known as the "substitute" and in the order of succession automatically fills into any title above her that is emptied. For example, if "Nuestra Belleza Mexico Mundo" (Miss Mexico to Miss World) is unable to fulfill her duties, the first runner-up assumes her title. While the Miss Universe representative is similarly considered the "greater of the two equals", if her position is vacated, the first runner-up ascends to her crown, instead of Miss Mexico-World becoming Miss Mexico-Universe and the first runner-up going to Miss World. In India, however, the succession does follow the other option: the top three titles go Earth->Universe->World in rising order of importance (although they are also emphasized as "equals").

In Venezuela, neither policy of succession is explicitly laid down. Osmel Sousa makes the final decisions as to who is appointed when a vacancy arises; i.e. in 2003, there were significant rumors that Mariangel Ruiz might be replaced by Amara Barroeta, the first runner-up, to Miss Universe (and not Goizeder Azua, who was Miss World Venezuela). In fact, in 2003, the Miss International Pageant was concurrent with Miss Venezuela, meaning that it would be impossible to send a "fresh" contestant, and Osmel actually opted not to send Amara, who should have gone (as the first runner-up then was almost always automatically titled Miss Venezuela International) and instead replaced her with Goizeder Azua, who won Miss International 2003. Due to scheduling conflicts between Miss International and Miss Venezuela, a similar situation occurred in 2002 when Cynthia Lander, Miss Venezuela (Universe), gave up her crown to the next Miss Venezuela and immediately boarded a flight for Japan to participate in Miss International. The reasoning was that her first runner-up had already participated the year before, and it would have been ridiculous to crown a Miss Venezuela (International) and immediately send her on a plane to her contest with no specific preparation whatsoever. Incidentally in 2006 the Miss World pageant shifted its pageant date from its usual November–December timeframe to September when the organization announced Poland as the competition venue. Due to the change in dates; it resulted to a timing conflict with the Miss Venezuela pageant. The Miss Venezuela organization decided to hold a snap pageant called "Miss Venezuela Mundo" to elect a representative for Miss World 2006. The said competition was composed of former Miss Venezuela contestants from previous editions. At the end of the night Federica Guzman who represented the state of Miranda in 2001 was the winner. Thus, all four winners, Miss Earth Venezuela, Miss Venezuela International, Miss Venezuela World and Miss Venezuela Universe now compete in the year after their coronation.

Ironically, the only time in the "modern" pageant that the famous "if the winner should not fulfill her duties, the first runner-up will take over" statement was made for Miss Venezuela was in 1999. The decision was made to send whoever won to Miss World first, and then to Miss Universe if she did not win. This policy was adopted after the consecutive eliminations of Christina Dieckmann and Veronica Schneider in 1997 and 1998, both of whom were considered amongst the strongest Miss World Venezuelas in history and whose eliminations were seen by the organization as a signal that it needed to send its winner to Miss World. Therefore, in 1999, there were no Miss World Venezuela or Miss Venezuela International titles, only an official Miss Venezuela, who was Martina Thorogood. Her first runner-up, Norkys Batista, was told that she would become Miss Venezuela to Miss Universe only if Martina won the Miss World crown outright. Martina came in second at Miss World and she was expected continue on to Miss Universe 2000 the next year. However, due to a number of major controversies, she was barred from Miss Universe 2000 on the grounds that as the first runner-up to Miss World, she was contracted to the organization and would have to succeed to that title if Yukta Mookhey, the winner that year, did not complete her reign. Osmel also declared that Miss Universe demanded a winner from Venezuela, thereby barring Norkys Batista from succeeding to the title. The only option for Norkys to go was for Martina to renounce the Miss Venezuela title, which neither she or the organization was willing to do. Therefore, a new emergency (and temporary pageant) was held, called Miss Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which was conducted among ten former contestants (some semi-finalists and other non-finalists) from the previous five years. The winner, Claudia Moreno, had placed as seventh in the semi-finals behind Martina and Norkys in Miss Venezuela 1999, and she ended up performing excellently and becoming first runner-up to Miss Universe 2000. In years to come, 2002's first runner-up Amara Barroeta would join Norkys Batista as one of several runners-ups to be "denied" the chance to compete at a "big three" pageant.

In the USA and many other countries, an occasion when the order of succession comes into play is when the reigning titleholder wins her international contest, e.g. in 1997 when Brook Mahealani Lee became Miss Universe and her first runner-up Brandi Sherwood became Miss USA. Interestingly, however, Venezuela does not have this official provision, even when the two "equal" winners both win Miss Universe and Miss World. In 1981, Miriam Quintana was considered somewhat unofficially as the serving Miss Venezuela, because both Irene Saez and Pilin Leon had won their respective pageants. However, in 1995–1996, when Alicia Machado took the Miss Universe title and Jacqueline Aguilera the Miss World crown, no new "Miss Venezuela" was appointed to hold the crown while they reigned internationally, though some newspapers said that Carla Steinkopf, Miss International Venezuela 1995, would give the crown to the 1996 winner. In general, all the times Venezuela has won the Miss Universe Pageant, it's Miss Universe herself who returns to crown the new Miss Venezuela, not Miss World Venezuela from the previous year or another finalist.

From 2013 and forward the Miss World delegate is no longer crowned at the Miss Venezuela final but is crowned in a separate Miss Venezuela World pageant, and competes in the same year of her coronation. In 2014, Maira Alexandra Rodriguez was crowned as Miss Earth Venezuela to compete in the 2015 edition, but due to the destitution of her predecessor, Stephanie de Zorzi, she was sent to Miss Earth 2014, in which she ended as Miss Water (2nd. runner-up). So, from 2015, Miss Earth Venezuela will compete in the same year of her coronation.


The following women have been crowned Miss Venezuela:[5]

Year Miss Venezuela State Venue
1952 Sofía Silva Inserri Bolívar Valle Arriba Golf Club, Caracas
1953–54 Gisela Bolaños Scarton Carabobo Valle Arriba Golf Club, Caracas
1955 Carmen Susana Duijm Zubillaga Miranda Hotel Tamanaco, Caracas
1956 Blanca "Blanquita" Heredia Osío Caracas Hotel Tamanaco, Caracas
1957 Consuelo Leticia Nouel Gómez Caracas Hotel Tamanaco, Caracas
1958–59 Ida Margarita Pieri Sucre Hotel Ávila, Caracas
1960 Gladys "Laly" Ascanio Arredondo Caracas Hotel Tamanaco, Caracas
1961 Anasaria "Ana" Griselda Vegas Albornoz Caracas Hotel Tamanaco, Caracas
1962 Olga "Olguita" Antonetti Núñez Anzoátegui Teatro París, Caracas
1963 Irene Amelia Morales Machado Guárico Teatro París, Caracas
1964 Mercedes Revenga De La Rosa Miranda Teatro París, Caracas
1965 María Auxiliadora De Las Casas Mc. Gill Caracas Teatro del Círculo Militar, Caracas
1966 Magaly Beatriz Castro Egui Guárico Teatro del Este, Caracas
1967 Mariela Pérez Branger Dep. Vargas Teatro de la Escuela Militar, Caracas
1968 Peggy Kopp Arenas Caracas Teatro Altamira, Caracas
1969 María José de las Mercedes Yellici Sánchez (Resigned) Aragua Teatro París, Caracas
Marzia Rita Gisela Piazza Suprani Dep. Vargas
1970 Bella Mercedes La Rosa De La Rosa Carabobo Teatro Nacional de Venezuela, Caracas
1971 Jeanette Amelia de la Coromoto Donzella Sánchez Monagas Teatro Nacional de Venezuela, Caracas
1972 María Antonieta Cámpoli Prisco Nueva Esparta Teatro París, Caracas
1973 Ana Paola Desirée Facchinei Rolando Carabobo Club de Sub-Oficiales, Caracas
1974 Neyla Chiquinquirá Moronta Sangronis Zulia Club de Sub-Oficiales, Caracas
1975 Maritza Pineda Montoya Nueva Esparta Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
1976 Elluz Coromoto Peraza González (Resigned) Guárico Teatro París, Caracas
Judith Josefina Castillo Uribe Nueva Esparta
1977 Cristal del Mar Montañez Arocha Dep. Vargas Teatro París, Caracas
1978 Marisol Alfonzo Marcano Guárico Teatro del Club de Sub-Oficiales, Caracas
1979 Maritza Sayalero Fernández Dep. Vargas Hotel Caracas Hilton, Caracas
1980 María Xavier "Maye" Brandt Angulo Lara Hotel Macuto Sheraton, Caraballeda, Vargas
1981 Irene Lailín Sáez Conde Miranda Hotel Macuto Sheraton, Caraballeda, Vargas
1982 Ana Teresa Oropeza Villavicencio Guárico Hotel Macuto Sheraton, Caraballeda, Vargas
1983 Paola Laura Ruggeri Ghigo Portuguesa Hotel Macuto Sheraton, Caraballeda, Vargas
1984 Carmen María Montiel Ávila Zulia Hotel Macuto Sheraton, Caraballeda, Vargas
1985 Silvia Cristina Martínez Stapulionis Guárico Hotel Macuto Sheraton, Caraballeda, Vargas
1986 Bárbara Palacios Teyde Trujillo Teatro Municipal de Caracas, Caracas
1987 Inés María Calero Rodríguez Nueva Esparta Teatro Municipal de Caracas, Caracas
1988 Yajaira Cristina Vera Roldán Miranda Teatro Municipal de Caracas, Caracas
1989 Eva Lisa Larsdotter Ljung Lara Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
1990 Andreína Katarina Goetz Blohm Bolívar Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
1991 Carolina Eva Izsak Kemenify Amazonas Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
1992 Milka Yelisava Chulina Urbanich Aragua Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
1993 Minorka Marisela Mercado Carrero Apure Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex, Caracas
1994 Denyse del Carmen Floreano Camargo Costa Oriental Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex, Caracas
1995 Yoseph Alicia Machado Fajardo Yaracuy Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
1996 Marena Josefina Bencomo Giménez Carabobo Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
1997 Veruska Tatiana Ramírez Táchira Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
1998 Lucbel Carolina Indriago Pinto Delta Amacuro Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
1999 Martina Thorogood Heemsen Miranda Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
2000 Eva Mónica Anna Ekvall Johnson Apure Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
2001 Cynthia Cristina Lander Zamora Distrito Capital Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
2002 Mariángel Ruiz Torrealba Aragua Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
2003 Ana Karina Áñez Delgado Lara Estudio 1, Venevisión, Caracas
2004 Mónica Spear Mootz Guárico Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
2005 Jictzad Nakarhyt Viña Carreño Sucre Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
2006 Lidymar Carolina "Ly" Jonaitis Escalona Guárico Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
2007 Dayana Sabrina Mendoza Moncada Amazonas Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
2008 Stefanía Fernández Krupij Trujillo Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
2009 Marelisa Gibson Villegas Miranda Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
2010 Vanessa Andrea Gonçalves Gómez Miranda Palacios de Eventos, Maracaibo
2011 Irene Sofía Esser Quintero Sucre Estudio 1, Venevisión, Caracas
2012 María Gabriela de Jesús Isler Morales Guárico Salón Naiguatá, Hotel Tamanaco Intercontinental, Caracas
2013 Migbelis Lynette Castellanos Romero Costa Oriental Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas
2014 Mariana Coromoto Jiménez Martínez Guárico Estudio 1, Venevisión, Caracas
2015 Mariam Habach Santucci Lara Estudio 1, Venevisión, Caracas
2016 Keysi Mairin Sayago Arrechedera Monagas Estudio 1, Venevisión, Caracas

Winners gallery[edit]

Representatives at Big Four pageants[edit]

The following women have represented Venezuela in the Big Four international beauty pageants:

Miss Universe Venezuela[edit]

Color Key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists or Semi-finalists
Year Delegate State Placement Other awards
United States 1952 Sofía Silva  Bolívar
United States 1953 Gisela Bolaños  Carabobo
United States 1955 Carmen Susana Duijm Zubillaga  Miranda Top 15
United States 1956 Blanca Heredia  Distrito Federal Top 15
United States 1957 Consuelo Nouel  Caracas
United States 1958 Ida Margarita Pieri  Sucre
United States 1960 Mary Quiroz Delgado†  Yaracuy
United States 1961 Ana Griselda Vegas  Caracas
United States 1962 Virginia Elizabeth Bailey Lázzari  Nueva Esparta
United States 1963 Irene Amelia Morales Machado Guarico-bandera.jpg Guarico
United States 1964 Mercedes Revenga  Miranda Top 15
United States 1965 María de las Casas  Caracas
United States 1966 Magaly Castro Egui Guarico-bandera.jpg Guarico
United States 1967 Mariela Pérez Branger  Dep. Vargas 1st Runner-Up
United States 1968 Peggy Kopp Arenas  Caracas 3rd Runner-Up
United States 1969 María José Yéllici  Aragua
United States 1970 Bella La Rosa  Carabobo Top 15
United States 1971 Jeannette Donzella  Monagas
Puerto Rico 1972 María Antonietta Cámpoli Prisco  Nueva Esparta 2nd Runner-Up
Greece 1973 Desireé Rolando  Carabobo
Philippines 1974 Neyla Moronta  Zulia
El Salvador 1975 Maritza Pineda  Nueva Esparta
Hong Kong 1976 Judith Castillo Uribe  Nueva Esparta 1st Runner-Up
Dominican Republic 1977 Cristal Montañez  Dep. Vargas Top 12
Mexico 1978 Marisol Alfonzo Guarico-bandera.jpg Guarico
Australia 1979 Maritza Sayalero  Dep. Vargas Miss Universe 1979
South Korea 1980 Maye Brandt  Lara
United States 1981 Irene Sáez Conde  Miranda Miss Universe 1981
Peru 1982 Ana Teresa Oropeza Guarico-bandera.jpg Guarico
United States 1983 Paola Ruggeri  Portuguesa Top 12
United States 1984 Carmen María Montiel  Zulia 2nd Runner-Up
United States 1985 Silvia Martínez Guarico-bandera.jpg Guarico 3rd Runner-Up
Panama 1986 Bárbara Palacios  Trujillo Miss Universe 1986
Singapore 1987 Inés María Calero  Nueva Esparta 3rd Runner-Up
Taiwan 1988 Yajaira Vera  Miranda Top 10
Mexico 1989 Eva Lisa Ljung  Lara Top 10
United States 1990 Andreína Goetz  Bolívar Top 10
United States 1991 Jackeline Rodríguez (elected by the organization)  Miranda Top 6
Thailand 1992 Carolina Izsak  Amazonas Top 6
Mexico 1993 Milka Chulina  Aragua 2nd Runner-Up
Philippines 1994 Minorka Mercado  Apure 2nd Runner-Up Miss Photogenic
Namibia 1995 Denyse Floreano  Costa Oriental Top 6
United States 1996 Alicia Machado  Yaracuy Miss Universe 1996 Best in Swimsuit & Best Style Finesse
United States 1997 Marena Bencomo  Carabobo 1st Runner-Up
United States 1998 Veruska Ramírez  Táchira 1st Runner-Up Best in Swimsuit
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 Carolina Indriago  Delta Amacuro 3rd Runner-Up
Cyprus 2000 Claudia Moreno  Caracas 1st Runner-Up
Puerto Rico 2001 Eva Ekvall  Apure 3rd Runner-Up
Puerto Rico 2002 Cynthia Lander Zamora  Caracas 4th Runner-Up
Panama 2003 Mariangel Ruiz  Aragua 1st Runner-up
Ecuador 2004 Ana Karina Áñez  Lara
Thailand 2005 Mónica Spear Guarico-bandera.jpg Guarico 4th Runner-Up
United States 2006 Jictzad Viña  Sucre
Mexico 2007 Ly Jonaitis Guarico-bandera.jpg Guarico 2nd Runner-Up
Vietnam 2008 Dayana Mendoza  Amazonas Miss Universe 2008
The Bahamas 2009 Stefanía Fernández  Trujillo Miss Universe 2009
United States 2010 Marelisa Gibson  Miranda
Brazil 2011 Vanessa Gonçalves  Miranda Top 16
United States 2012 Irene Esser  Sucre 2nd Runner-Up
Russia 2013 Gabriela Isler Guarico-bandera.jpg Guarico Miss Universe 2013
United States 2014 Migbelis Castellanos  Costa Oriental Top 10
United States 2015 Mariana Jimenez Guarico-bandera.jpg Guarico Top 10
2016 Mariam Habach  Lara TBA
2017 Keysi Sayago  Monagas TBA

Miss World Venezuela[edit]

From 2013 and forward the Miss World delegate is crowned by the separate Miss Venezuela World pageant.[6]

Color Key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists or Semi-finalists
Year Delegate State Placement Other awards
United Kingdom 1955 Carmen Susana Duijm Zubillaga  Miranda Miss World 1955
United Kingdom 1956 Celsa Drucila Pieri Pérez  Sucre
United Kingdom 1957 Consuelo Nouel  Caracas
United Kingdom 1958 Ida Margarita Pieri  Sucre
United Kingdom 1960 Miriam Maritza Estévez Acevedo  Caracas
United Kingdom 1961 Bexi Cecilia Romero Tosta  Aragua
United Kingdom 1962 Betzabé Franco Blanco  Aragua Top 15
United Kingdom 1963 Milagros Galíndez Castillo  Miranda
United Kingdom 1964 Mercedes Hernández Nieves†  Portuguesa Top 16
United Kingdom 1965 Nancy Elizabeth González Aceituno†  Anzoátegui
United Kingdom 1966 Jeannette Kopp Arenas  Caracas
United Kingdom 1967 Irene Margarita Böttger González  Bolívar
United Kingdom 1968 María Dolores (Cherry) Núñez Rodríguez  Miranda
United Kingdom 1969 Marzia Piazza  Nueva Esparta 4th Runner-Up
United Kingdom 1970 Tomasa Nina (Tomasita) de las Casas Mata  Miranda
United Kingdom 1971 Ana María Padrón Ibarrondo  Carabobo Top 15
United Kingdom 1972 Amalia del Carmen Heller Gómez  Sucre
United Kingdom 1973 Edicta de los Angeles García Oporto  Zulia
United Kingdom 1974 Alicia Rivas Serrano  Vargas
United Kingdom 1975 María Conchita Alonso  Caracas 6th Runner-Up
United Kingdom 1976 Maria Genoveva Rivero Giménez  Lara Top 15
United Kingdom 1977 Jacqueline van den Branden  Caracas
United Kingdom 1978 Patricia Tóffoli  Falcón Top 15
United Kingdom 1979 Tatiana Capote  Barinas Disqualified
United Kingdom 1980 Hilda Abrahamz  Vargas Top 15
United Kingdom 1981 Pilin Leon  Aragua Miss World 1981 Miss World America
United Kingdom 1982 Michelle Shoda  Falcón
United Kingdom 1983 Carolina Cerruti  Apure
United Kingdom 1984 Astrid Carolina Herrera  Miranda Miss World 1984 Miss World America & Miss Photogenic
United Kingdom 1985 Ruddy Rodríguez  Anzoátegui 3rd Runner-Up
United Kingdom 1986 María Begoña Juaristi  Zulia 4th Runner-Up
United Kingdom 1987 Albany Lozada  Portuguesa 1st Runner-Up Miss World America
United Kingdom 1988 Emma Rabbe  Caracas 3rd Runner-Up Miss World America
Hong Kong 1989 Fabiola Candosin  Caracas
United Kingdom 1990 Sharon Luengo  Zulia 2nd Runner-Up Miss Photogenic
United States 1991 Ninibeth Leal  Zulia Miss World 1991 Miss World America
South Africa 1992 Francis Gago  Bolívar 2nd Runner-Up Miss World America
South Africa 1993 Mónica Lei Scaccia  Caracas 4th Runner-Up Miss World America
South Africa 1994 Irene Ferreira  Miranda 2nd Runner-Up Miss World America & Best National Costume
South Africa 1995 Jacqueline Aguilera  Nueva Esparta Miss World 1995 Miss World America & Miss Photogenic
India 1996 Ana Cepinska Miszczak  Nueva Esparta 4th Runner-Up Miss Photogenic
Seychelles 1997 Christina Dieckmann  Nueva Esparta
Seychelles 1998 Veronica Schneider  Monagas
United Kingdom 1999 Martina Thorogood  Miranda 1st Runner-Up Miss World America
United Kingdom 2000 Vanessa Cárdenas  Zulia
South Africa 2001 Andreína Prieto  Zulia
United Kingdom 2002 Goizeder Azua  Carabobo Top 10
China 2003 Valentina Patruno  Miranda Top 20
China 2004 Andrea Milroy  Trujillo
China 2005 Susan Carrizo  Zulia
Poland 2006 Federica Guzmán  Miranda Top 17 Miss World Beach Beauty
China 2007 Claudia Suárez  Mérida Top 16
South Africa 2008 Hannelly Quintero  Cojedes Top 15 Miss World America
South Africa 2009 Maria Milagros Veliz  Anzoátegui
China 2010 Adriana Vasini  Zulia 2nd Runner-Up
United Kingdom 2011 Ivian Sarcos  Amazonas Miss World 2011 Miss World America
China 2012 Gabriella Ferrari  Caracas
Indonesia 2013 Karen Soto  Zulia
United Kingdom 2014 Debora Menicucci  Amazonas
China 2015 Anyela Galante  Portuguesa

Miss International Venezuela[edit]

Color Key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists or Semi-finalists
Year Delegate State Placement Other awards
United States 1960 Gladys Ascanio Arredondo  Caracas Top 15
United States 1961 Gloria Lilué Chaljub  Caracas
United States 1962 Olga Antonetti Nuñez  Anzoátegui Top 15
United States 1963 Norah Luisa Duarte Rojas  Carabobo
United States 1964 Lisla Vilia Silva Negrón  Zulia Top 15
United States 1965 Thamara Josefina Leal  Zulia
United States 1967 Cecilia Picón-Febres  Mérida
Japan 1968 Jovann Navas Ravelo  Aragua
Japan 1969 Cristina Mercedes Keusch Pérez  Miranda Top 15
Japan 1970 Marzia Rita Gisela Piazza Suprani  Nueva Esparta
United States 1971 Sonia Zaya Ledezma Corvo  Monagas
Japan 1972 Marilyn Plessmann Martínez Guarico-bandera.jpg Guarico Top 15
Japan 1973 Hilda Elvira Carrero García  Táchira Top 15
Japan 1974 Marisela Carderera Marturet  Caracas
Japan 1975 María del Carmen Yamel Díaz Rodríguez†  Carabobo
Japan 1976 Betzabeth Ayala  Miranda Top 15
Japan 1977 Betty Paredes  Lara
Japan 1978 Dora Maria Fueyo Moreno  Anzoátegui
Japan 1979 Nilza Josefina Moronta Sangronis  Zulia
Japan 1980 Graciela Lucía Rosanna La Rosa Guarneri  Amazonas Top 10
Japan 1981 Miriam Quintana  Caracas Top 15
Japan 1982 Amaury Martínez Macero  Amazonas
Japan 1983 Donnatella Bottone Tiranti  Miranda
Japan 1984 Miriam Leyderman Eppel  Nueva Esparta 1st Runner-Up
Japan 1985 Alejandrina "Nina" Sicilia Hernandez  Monagas Miss International 1985
Japan 1986 Nancy Josefina Gallardo Quiñones  Portuguesa Top 15
Japan 1987 Begoña Victoria García Varas  Municipio Libertador Top 15
Japan 1988 María Eugenia Duarte Lugo Bandera Páez.PNG Peninsula Goajira
Japan 1989 Beatriz Carolina Omaña Trujillo  Nueva Esparta 2nd Runner-Up
Japan 1990 Vanessa Cristina Holler Noel  Portuguesa Top 15
Japan 1991 Niurka Auristela Acevedo  Monagas
Japan 1992 Maria Eugenia Rodríguez Noguera  Portuguesa Top 15
Japan 1993 Rina Faviola Mónica Spitale Baiamonte  Yaracuy Top 15
Japan 1994 Milka Yelisava Chulina Urbanich  Aragua Top 15
Japan 1995 Ana Maria Amorer Guerrero  Apure 1st Runner-Up
Japan 1996 Carla Andreína Steinkopf Struve  Costa Oriental Top 15
Japan 1997 Consuelo Adler Hernández  Miranda Miss International 1997 Miss Photogenic
Japan 1998 Daniela Kosán Montcourt  Aragua 1st Runner-up Miss Photogenic
Japan 1999 Andreína Mercedes Llamozas González  Vargas Top 15
Japan 2000 Vivian Ines Urdaneta Rincón  Costa Oriental Miss International 2000
Japan 2001 Aura Consuelo Zambrano Alejos  Táchira 1st Runner-Up
Japan 2002 Cynthia Cristina Lander Zamora  Caracas
Japan 2003 Goizeder Victoria Azua Barrios  Carabobo Miss International 2003 Miss Photogenic
China 2004 Eleidy María Aparicio Serrano  Costa Oriental
Japan 2005 María Andrea Gómez Vásquez  Caracas Top 12
China 2006 Daniela Anette di Giacomo di Giovanni  Barinas Miss International 2006
Japan 2007 Vanessa Jacqueline Gómez Peretti  Sucre Top 15
Macau 2008 Dayana Carolina Colmenares Bocchieri  Carabobo Top 12
China 2009 Laksmi Rodríguez de la Sierra Solórzano  Monagas Top 15
China 2010 Ana Elizabeth Mosquera Gómez  Trujillo Miss International 2010
China 2011 Jessica Cristina Barboza Schmidt  Caracas 1st Runner-up Miss Photogenic
Japan 2012 Blanca Cristina Aljibes Gallardo Guarico-bandera.jpg Guarico Top 15
Japan 2013 Nicelín Elián Herrera Vásquez  Aragua
Japan 2014 Michelle Marie Bertolini Araque Guarico-bandera.jpg Guarico
Japan 2015 Edymar Martínez Blanco  Anzoátegui Miss International 2015 Miss Perfect Body
Japan 2016 Jessica María Duarte Volweider  Trujillo TBA
Japan 2017 TBA TBA

Miss Earth Venezuela[edit]

Prior 2010, Miss Earth Venezuela was chosen by the Sambil organization from 2005—2009, and the first organization that held Miss Earth Venezuela was Miss Global Beauty Venezuela.

Color Key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists or Semi-finalists
Year Delegate State Placement Other awards
Philippines 2001 Lirigmel Gabriela Ramos Salazar  Caracas
Philippines 2002 Dagmar Catalina Votterl Peláez  Caracas
Philippines 2003 Driva Ysabella Cedeño Salazar  Nueva Esparta
Philippines 2004 Enid Solsiret Herrera Ramírez  Monagas Did not compete
Philippines 2005 Alexandra Braun Waldeck  Nueva Esparta Miss Earth 2005 Best in Swimsuit
Philippines 2006 Marianne Pasqualina Puglia Martinez  Aragua 3rd Runner-Up/Miss Earth Fire Best in Swimsuit
Philippines 2007 Silvana Santaella Arellano  Falcón 2nd Runner-Up/Miss Earth Water Best in Swimsuit & Best in Long Gown
Philippines 2008 María Daniela Torrealba Pacheco  Trujillo Top 8 Best in Long Gown
Philippines 2009 Jessica Cristina Barboza Schmidt  Caracas 2nd Runner-Up/Miss Earth Water
Vietnam 2010 Mariángela Haydée Manuela Bonanni Randazzo  Táchira Top 7
Philippines 2011 Caroline Gabriela Medina Peschiutta  Aragua 3rd Runner-Up/Miss Earth Fire
Philippines 2012 Osmariel Maholi Villalobos Atencio  Yaracuy 2nd Runner-Up/Miss Earth Water Miss Photogenic & Best in Swimsuit
Philippines 2013 Alyz Sabimar Henrich Ocando  Falcón Miss Earth 2013 Best in Evening Gown
Philippines 2014 Maira Alexandra Rodríguez Herrera  Amazonas 2nd Runner-Up/Miss Earth Water
Austria 2015 Andrea Carolina Rosales Castillejos  Amazonas Top 8
Philippines 2016 Stephanie Ysabel de Zorzi Landaeta  Aragua TBA

Gallery of Miss Earth Venezuela[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Prestigious Beauty Pageants (7 February 2014). "Miss Venezuela Universe 2014 is Migbelis Castellanos". Prestigious Beauty Pageants. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Arrancó el Miss Venezuela 2005". El Mundo. Archived from the original on 8 August 2005. Retrieved 2005-07-30. 
  3. ^ "Venezuela: País donde las mujeres nacen y se hacen las más bellas". Nueva Prensa Guayana. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  4. ^ Jones (2008:208)
  5. ^ "They Have Been Miss Venezuela". Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  6. ^ http://www.angelopedia.com/news/Miss-Mundo-Venezuela-2016-is-Gessica-Fiume-Turri/2687

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