Mexicana Universal is a national beauty pageant in Mexico held annually since 1994. It is currently responsible for selecting the country's delegates to Miss Universe and Miss International as well as minor pageant as Reina Hispanoamericana.
In association with Televisa, the Nuestra Belleza México pageant and organization of the same name is directed by the nation's first Miss Universe titleholder, Lupita Jones (1991). The organization has produced one Miss Universe (2010) – the second title for Mexico in that event, and two Miss International winners, 2007 and 2009.
- 1 Contestants
- 2 Titleholders
- 3 Representatives at major International Pageants
- 4 State Tally
- 5 Delegates at other pageants
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Aspiring hopefuls, ranging from 18 to 23 years of age and a minimum height of 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in), must fulfill the organization's additional requirements and consequently vie in their respective state pageants for eligibility to participate in Nuestra Belleza México. Contestants are permitted to compete for their sub-national beauty titles more than once. However, this can no longer be done once they have taken part in the national event. They may also choose to represent a different state, as long as they provide proof of having resided in it for at least the last twelve months before registration.
As of the year 2000's edition of the pageant, it is not uncommon for some states to have more than one delegate competing simultaneously. This occurs when non-winning hopefuls from select subdivisions are invited (designated) by the organization to partake in the nationwide competition, taking into consideration their potential, and to possibly make up for other states which may lack representation. Usually three or four are designated annually.
Once in the national concentration, the participants engage in various events and appearances prior to the crucial preliminary competition from which a number of semi-finalists are chosen, only to be announced during the final competition. Additionally, five special awards given through sub-challenges enable the recipients an automatic pass to the semi-finals. During the crowning night, the semi-finalists are evaluated by a panel of judges while vying in swimsuit and evening gown, with eliminations taking place after each of these rounds. The remaining contestants are subsequently interviewed, and the runners-up and winners are respectively announced at the conclusion of the Nuestra Belleza México telecast.
If any of the titleholders is unable to fulfill her duties, the next in turn, known as the suplente (substitute), assumes the right to represent the country abroad. The pageant, which sees over thirty of the country's most beautiful young women going head to head each year, is held a year prior to when the winners compete internationally, giving them sufficient time to prepare for their corresponding beauty events.
Below are the names of the annual titleholders of Nuestra Belleza México, the states they represented and the venue which played host to their crowning, in ascending order. Titleholders whose names appear highlighted went on to win a major international pageant. For further details, see the representatives at major international pageants section.
Won Miss Universe. Won Miss International.
(**)Denisse Franco was awarded with two titles, as the last Nuestra Belleza México 2017 and the first Mexicana Universal 2017
Representatives at major International Pageants
Below are the names of the delegates enlisted by the Nuestra Belleza Mexico Organization to represent the country at major worldwide beauty contests. Keep in mind that they are listed according to the year in which they participated in their respective international pageants, which do not always coincide with when their national crowning took place, as explained in the last paragraph of the contestants section.
- Color Key
- Declared as winner.
- Ended as runner-up.
- Ended as finalist or semi-finalist.
|2018||Nebai Torres Camarena||Jalisco||TBA||TBA|
|2017||Citlaly Higuera López||Tamaulipas|
|2016||Geraldine Ponce Mendez||Nayarit||Top 15|
|2015||Lorena Sevilla Mesina||Colima||Top 10|
|2014||Vianey Vázquez Ramírez||Aguascalientes||Top 10|
|2013||Lucero Montemayor Gracia||Nuevo León|
|2012||Jessica García Formenti||Baja California Sur||Top 15|
|2011||Karen Higuera Contreras||Baja California Sur||Miss Friendship|
|2010||Gabriela Palacio Díaz||Aguascalientes||Miss Photogenic|
|2009||Anagabriela Espinoza Marroquín||Nuevo León||Miss International 2009||Miss Chengdu Glamor|
|2008||Lorenza Bernot Krauze||Morelos|
|2007||Priscila Perales Elizondo||Nuevo León||Miss International 2007|
|2000||Leticia Murray Acedo||Sonora||Top 15|
|1999||Graciela Soto Cámara||Morelos|
The Nuestra Belleza México contestants below were slated to participate in an international pageant, but were unable to go through with it for one reason or another. And thus, they were eventually replaced.
|Year||Name||State||Did not compete in||Reason|
|2011||Cynthia de la Vega||Nuevo León||Miss World 2011||Dethroned|
|2009||Laura Zúñiga||Sinaloa||Miss International 2009||Dethroned|
|2000||Jacqueline Bracamontes||Jalisco||Miss World 2000||Resigned|
|1999||Lynette Delgado Gastélum||Sinaloa||Miss International 1999||Resigned|
Anyone who follows the Olympic Games or other sporting events will be familiar with the concept of the Medal Table, which ranks countries based on their first (gold), second (silver) and third (bronze) place finishes. Below is a similar table of the top rankings for the Nuestra Belleza Mexico pageant, but of the thirty-two Mexican states, based on all results from the first event in 1994 to the most recent competition.
|Rank||State||Nuestra Belleza México||NB Mundo México||NB Internacional México||Total|
|9||Baja California Sur||1||2||3|
|Estado de México||1||1|
a Cynthia de la Vega was dethroned, decreasing the number of Nuestra Belleza Mundo México titles for Nuevo León by one. The title was passed on to Gabriela Palacio of Aguascalientes.
b Laura Zuñiga was dethroned, decreasing the number of Nuestra Belleza Internacional México titles for Sinaloa by one. The title was passed on to Anagabriela Espinoza of Nuevo León.
c Jacqueline Bracamontes resigned her title after winning the main Nuestra Belleza México crown, decreasing the number of Nuestra Belleza Mundo México titles for Jalisco by one. The title was passed on to Paulina Flores.
Delegates at other pageants
|2018||Aranza Anaid Molina Rueda||Tabasco||TBA|
|2017||Karla López Berumen||Aguascalientes||3rd Runner Up|
|2016||Magdalena Chipres Herrera||Michoacan||Virreina||Best National Costume|
|2015||Sandra Ahumada Treviño||Tamaulipas||Top 9|
|2014||Vanessa López Quijada||Sonora||Virreina||Miss Photogenic|
|2013||Gabriela Prieto Díaz Infante||Chihuahua||3rd Runner-up||Miss Photogenic|
|2012||Jeraldine González Meza||Baja California||Miss Elegance|
|2011||Lili Rosales López||Hidalgo|
|2010||Ángeles Aguilar del Puerto||Oaxaca|
|2009||Andrea Martínez de Velasco||Guanajuato||Best National Costume|
|2008||Laura Zúñiga Huizar||Sinaloa||Winner
|Reina Hispanoamericana 2008|
|2007||Melissa Estrella Pérez||Sonora|
Won Reina Hispanoamericana.
Miss Continente Americano
After the year 2012, the Miss Continente Americano pageant changed its name to Miss United Continent, and the Mexican delegates were sent by another organization. The ones listed below were sent by Nuestra Belleza México.
|2012||Karen Padilla Brizuela||Distrito Federal||Top 6||Miss Photogenic|
|2011||Cecilia Montaño Moreno||Sonora||1st Runner-up|
|2010||Karla Carrillo González||Jalisco||1st Runner-up|
|2009||Paulina Hernández Calderón||Baja California|
|2008||Lupita González Gallegos||Jalisco||Winner||Miss Continente Americano 2008|
Miss Yanbal Face
|2007||Gladys Castellanos Jiménez||Jalisco||2nd Runner-up|
|2006||Diana Jiménez Pérez||Zacatecas|
Won Miss Continente Americano.
- Miss Mexico Organization
- El Modelo Mexico
- Señorita México
- Miss Earth Mexico
- Rostro de México
- Mr Model México
- Official Website
- El Universal Mexicana Universal Website
- Miss Mexico: A Brief, Sexy History – slideshow by Life magazine