Olivia Pinheiro

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Olivia Pinheiro
Born María Olivia Pinheiro Menacho[1]
(1983-10-29) October 29, 1983 (age 34)[1]
Andrés Ibáñez, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Residence Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Occupation Model
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Title Miss Bolivia 2010
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair color Brown
Eye color Green
Miss Bolivia 2010
Reina Hispanoamericana 2010
(3rd place)
(Best Hair)
(Miss Photogenic)
Miss Universe 2011
Miss Caraïbes Hibiscus 2011 (Winner)
(Best Body)

María Olivia Pinheiro Menacho (born October 29, 1983) is a Bolivian beauty pageant titleholder and model who was crowned Miss Bolivia 2010, and would have represented her country in the 2011 Miss Universe pageant. Pinheiro declined to participate in the international competition after rumors about her real age were revealed to the press.

Early life[edit]

Born in Andrés Ibáñez, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to a Brazilian father – hence her fluent Portuguese – and a Bolivian mother (namely José Carlos Pinheiro and Cotty Menacho),[2][3] Pinheiro started her pageant career in 1999 when, after just turning 16 years old, she represented her country at Miss Model of the World in Turkey and then a year later participated in Queen of the World 2000 in Germany, placing among the Top 10 semifinalists. It's then when Promociones Gloria, organizers of Miss Bolivia, named her Modelo Revelación 2000.[4]

A year later, Pinheiro participated and became one of the favorites at International Queen of Flowers 2001 in Colombia, a pageant that was eventually won by Lilián Villanueva of Mexico.[5] In 2002, she participated in her fourth international competition, Miss Intercontinental in Germany[6] and a year later, represented Bolivia in her fifth contest, International Female Model 2003 in Aruba.[7]

She's also worked as a model in her native Bolivia for the past decade[8] and has been elected Queen of Comparsa at Santa Cruz de la Sierra's carnival celebrations twice: at age 16 as Queen of Chirapas Jrs. 2000 and at age 20 as Queen of Tremendazos 2004.[9]

Miss Bolivia[edit]

Pinheiro, who stands 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) tall, competed as Miss Santa Cruz against 18 other delegates in her country's national pageant, Miss Bolivia, held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra on August 26, 2010, where she became the eventual winner of the title and was crowned by outgoing titleholder Claudia Arce, gaining the right to represent Bolivia in the 2011 Miss Universe pageant,[10] to be broadcast live from São Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011.[11] However, Olivia Pinheiro lied about her age, stating she was 24 years old. Journalist, Carlos Valverde, got hold of her original and fake birth certificates.[12] In January 2011, Olivia Pinheiro declined her participation in Miss Universe 2011 due "to personal reasons", however she never answered to questions relating to her real age.[13] Promociones Gloria, owner of Miss Universe franchise in Bolivia, announced that the winner of Miss Bolivia 2011 would participate in Miss Universe 2011. Notwithstanding, in June 2011, Olivia Pinheiro and Promociones Gloria announced that Olivia would remain the Bolivian representative to Miss Universe 2011.[14]

Reina Hispanoamericana 2010[edit]

After winning Miss Bolivia, Pinheiro represented her country in Reina Hispanoamericana 2010 held in her native Santa Cruz de la Sierra on November 24, 2010, where she obtained the Photogenic[15] and Best Hair awards,[16] placing third overall.[17]

Miss Universe 2011[edit]

On January 27, 2011, Pinheiro said she wouldn't participate in Miss Universe 2011 "for personal reasons", after persistent rumors about her real age. Miss Universe contestants must be at least 18 years old and under 27 years of age by February 1 in the year they participate. Pinheiro apparently turned 27 in October 2010 and would be ineligible to compete.[18]

Gloria Suárez de Limpias, president of Promociones Gloria and organizer of Miss Bolivia, announced Pinheiro remains Miss Bolivia 2010 and will crown her successor in June 2011. As a result of the controversy, Bolivia's representative to the Miss Universe pageant will be the winner of Miss Bolivia 2011.[18]

Miss Caraïbes Hibiscus 2011[edit]

After her participation in Miss Universe; without any success, Olivia participated in November 2011 in the beauty pageant Miss Caraïbes Hibiscus 2011, where she won the crown, besides of the title of Best Body. Being the first time that Bolivia won this pageant.[19]


  1. ^ a b c d "Las más bellas del 2003". El Nuevo Día. January 7, 2004. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  2. ^ www.imigrantebrasil.com
  3. ^ http://noticias.uol.com.br/tabloide/miss/ultimas-noticias/2011/09/04/filha-de-pai-brasileiro-miss-bolivia-fala-portugues-fluente-e-ja-trabalhou-na-unicef.jhtm www.uol.com.br
  4. ^ "María Olivia Pinheiro Menacho: Será Bolivia en Colombia". El Deber. August 5, 2001. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Mexico, the favorite, took the crown of flowers". El Colombiano. August 11, 2001. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Eligieron Top Fotogénica a Olivia Pinheiro en un concurso en Aruba". El Deber. July 9, 2003. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Olivia viajará a Aruba". El Deber. June 20, 2003. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "La moda le extendió una mano a los niños con cáncer". El Deber. May 7, 2005. Retrieved 24 November 2010.  "Azafatas". El Deber. August 11, 2004. Retrieved 24 November 2010.  "Cuando calienta el sol..." El Deber. September 24, 2001. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "Olivia Pinheiro Menacho "Me gustaría que el corso vuelva al segundo anillo"". El Deber. January 30, 2004. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "Olivia Pinheiro is the new Miss Bolivia". El Diario. August 27, 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "São Paulo, Brazil to host the 2011 Miss Universe Pageant Live on NBC". PR Newswire. December 18, 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  12. ^ Valverde, Carlos. "Valverde: Documento de la Corte revela la verdadera edad de la Miss Santa Cruz Olivia Pinheiro". Sin Letra Chica. EJU TV. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  13. ^ Los Tiempos. 27 January 2011 http://www.lostiempos.com/click/en-portada/en-portada/20110127/olivia-pinheiro-declina-participar-en-miss-universo-tras-polemica-por-su_110486_217262.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ Justiniano, Gina; Cristian Massud (28 June 2011). Inesperado, Olivia va al Miss Universo http://www.eldeber.com.bo/2011/2011-06-28/vernotaahora.php?id=110627224211. Retrieved 28 June 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "Reina Hispanoamericana 2010 será elegida esta noche". La Opinión. November 24, 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  16. ^ "Eligen mejor silueta 2010". La Opinión. November 19, 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  17. ^ "Venezuelan Caroline Medina crowned "Reina Hispanoamericana" 2010". EFE. November 24, 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  18. ^ a b "Miss Bolivia won't participate in Miss Universe after age controversy". El Nacional. January 27, 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  19. ^ Olivia Pinheiro fue elegida Miss Caraïbes Hibiscus 2012

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Claudia Arce
Miss Bolivia
Preceded by
Claudia Arce
Miss Bolivia Universo
Succeeded by
Yéssica Mouton
Preceded by
Flavia Foianini
Miss Bolivia Hispanoamericana