Miss Venezuela

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Organizacion Miss Venezuela
Miss Venezuela logo.png
TypeBeauty pageant
Official language
Executive Committee
Gabriela Isler
Jacqueline Aguilera
Nina Sicilia
Key people
Osmel Sousa
Ignacio Font Coll
Parent organization
Cisneros Group
The 57th Miss Universe titleholder, Dayana Mendoza in 2008.

Miss Venezuela (Spanish: Organizacion Miss Venezuela) is the national beauty pageant of Venezuela, traditionally held in September. It is preceded by two or three months of preliminary events, with the awarding of corporate prizes. The final televised competition generally lasts about four hours and is broadcast live across Latin America by Venevisión and produced by the networks parent company Cisneros Group, with edited versions to the United States and Mexico on the Univision and Telemundo networks. From 2013 to 2015, the national contest was split into two separate pageants: Miss Venezuela (to select representatives to Miss Universe, Miss Earth and Miss International) and Miss Venezuela Mundo (representative to Miss World). The pageant is also closely observed by other countries seeking to level competition due to its illustrious record of pageant victories.

Venezuela has gained the most titles in the Big Four international beauty pageants with 23 victories and outstanding record of placements at Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth, considered the most important pageants in the world.[1] Under the direction of Osmel Sousa, Venezuela has accumulated more Big Four international pageant titles than any other country, including seven Miss Universe winners, six Miss World winners, eight Miss International winners and two Miss Earth winners.[2]

In recent years, allegations claiming that some aspirants engaged in prostitution with merchants and government personnels for patronage of sponsorship, cosmetic surgeries, [3][2][2], coupled with the political and economic tension in the country that resulted in postponements of its events, by which Sousa resigned in 2018. [4][5]

The next edition of the pageant was held on 1 August 2019. Accordingly, the national director of Venezuela is Maria Gabriela Isler, the 62nd Miss Universe titleholder.

Venezuelan winners at the Big Four pageants[edit]

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 8 1985, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2015, 2018
Miss Earth 2 2005, 2013
Manuela Victoria Mujica from Lara, Miss Venezuela 1905. The first Venezuelan woman to win the title of Miss Venezuela by popular vote.

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.

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 24 to 32 titles that will enable them to compete in the final pageant. Venezuela's 23 states, capital district, islands and the Costa Oriental region of Zulia State are almost 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, Vargas and Carabobo always seem to achieve high results.

External video
The strict beauty standards Venezuelan women experience, resulting in insecurity and surgeries on YouTube

Osmel Sousa, former president of the pageant, always sat on the selection panel regardless of whether it was a final regional contest or the direct "auditions", and it was 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's 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 in 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.

List of 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 (3)[edit]

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 Peninsula Goajira. 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 as its own) was represented. Vargas State, the most recent modification to 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 on the final night in 2003, so some "traditional" states didn't have a representative.

Regional rankings[edit]

State Title Year
1963, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1985, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2014
1955, 1964, 1981, 1988, 1999, 2009, 2010
Distrito Capital 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
Delta Amacuro
1998, 2017, 2019
Sucre 1958, 2005, 2011
1983, 2018
Monagas 1971, 2016
Costa Oriental 1994, 2013
Trujillo 1986, 2008
Amazonas 1991, 2007
Aragua 1992, 2002
Apure 1993, 2000
Bolívar 1952, 1990
Zulia 1974, 1984
Yaracuy 1995
Anzoátegui 1962
  • Venezuela's international titleholders represented the following states during their Miss Venezuela competition (indicates year of international victory): Miss Universe: Vargas (1979), Miranda (1981), Trujillo (1986; 2009), Yaracuy (1996), Amazonas (2008) and Guárico (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, 2018), Trujillo (2010) and Anzoátegui (2015).


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 walk properly, given beauty tips, and given lessons in proper etiquette.

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 photo-shoots 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. In 1999, 26 different designers took part in 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.

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 a back to back win in Miss Universe (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 the best representative for international beauty pageants. It is a real fact that this country has a strong potential to compete in different prestigious beauty pageants.[6]

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. Winning Miss Earth 2013 put Venezuela on 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), and Dominika van Santen (Top Model of the World 2005).[7][8] 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 beauty queen politician in Venezuela who became mayor of Chacao (part of metropolitan Caracas), governor of Nueva Esparta State, and then a candidate in the 1998 Venezuelan presidential election. The Times of London ranked her 13th in its list of the 100 most powerful women in the world.[9]

Alexandra Braun, Miss Earth 2005 became the most decorated international actress from Venezuela with the most acting awards when she won four international best actress awards in various film festivals all over the world for her portrayal of the lead role in the movie, "Uma" at the London Film Festival, Monaco International Film Festival, the Milan International Film Festival and the Georgia Latino Film Festival in Atlanta; the film also won recognition in the "Film of the World" category at the International Film Festival of India[10] and won best foreign film at the Burbank International Film Festival in the United States.[11]

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 Germany 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 Germany 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 the 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. 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, who 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 made 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. 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.

In 2017 election, the announcing was made as it was years before: Top 5 consisting of 2nd and 1st runners-up, then Miss Venezuela International, Miss World Venezuela and Miss Venezuela Universe, all three competing in 2018. This avoids the rumours of major pageants not allowing contestants to participate if they weren't in their current reign year, and also confirming that the Miss Venezuela Organization keeps all three franchises until today.



Esther Pineda, a Venezuelan women's studies expert, stated that the popularity of Miss Venezuela and other pageants in Venezuela reveals how the country is "deeply sexist". Despite controversies facing Miss Venezuela, the Me Too movement has not carried any significance in Venezuela. According to Pineda, in Venezuela “[p]hysical beauty is seen as a value. ... And it’s given more importance than any other attribute".[2]

Sexual exploitation[edit]

Miss Venezuela contestants are often subject to prostitution and sexual exploitation. Young contestants are passed to powerful individuals in Venezuelan society for sexual favors. In a poverty-filled country, vulnerable women turn to wealthy individuals for funds. With participation often costing tens of thousands of United States dollars, these participants perform sexual favors for their wardrobe, cosmetic surgery, photo shoots and for sponsorships in order to "create the illusion of 'perfect' beauty" that is held in esteem in Venezuelan culture. Some contestants allegedly involved in such acts include Miss Venezuela 1989 participant Patricia Velásquez and Miss Venezuela 2006 runner-up Claudia Suárez.[3][12][13][14][15][16]


The following women have been crowned Miss Venezuela:[17]

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 Distrito Federal Hotel Tamanaco, Caracas
1957 Consuelo Leticia Nouel Gómez Distrito Federal Hotel Tamanaco, Caracas
1958–59 Ida Margarita Pieri Sucre Hotel Ávila, Caracas
1960 Gladys "Laly" Ascanio Arredondo Distrito Federal Hotel Tamanaco, Caracas
1961 Anasaria "Ana" Griselda Vegas Albornoz Distrito Federal Hotel Tamanaco, Caracas
1962 Olga "Olguita" Antonetti Núñez Anzoátegui Teatro París, Caracas
1963 Irene Amelia Morales Machado Guárico Teatro París, Caracas
1964 Sonia Mercedes Revenga De La Rosa Miranda Teatro París, Caracas
1965 María Auxiliadora De Las Casas Mc. Gill Distrito Federal 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 Distrito Federal 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 Teresa de Jesús 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 Veruzhka Tatiana Ramírez Peña 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 Fernández 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
2017 Sthefany Yoharlis Gutiérrez Gutiérrez Delta Amacuro Estudio 5, Venevisión, Caracas
2018 María Isabel (Isabella) Rodríguez Guzmán Portuguesa Estudio 5, Venevisión, Caracas
2019 Lulyana Thalía Olvino Torres Delta Amacuro Estudio 1, Venevisión, Caracas

Winners gallery[edit]

Big Four pageants representatives[edit]

The following women have represented Venezuela in the Big Four international beauty pageants, the four major international beauty pageants for women.[18][19] These are Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth.[20][21][22]

Miss Venezuela Universo[edit]

  •      : Declared as Winner
  •      : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •      : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •      : Ended as special awards winner
The winner of Miss Venezuela 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 State Miss Venezuela Placement at Miss Universe Special Awards
2019 Delta Amacuro Thalía Olvino Torres TBD TBD
2018 Delta Amacuro Sthefany Gutiérrez Gutiérrez 2nd Runner-up
2017 Monagas Keysi Sayago Arrechedera Top 5
2016 Lara Mariam Habach Santucci Unplaced Best National Costume (Top 12)
2015 Guárico Mariana Jiménez Martínez Top 10
2014 Costa Oriental Migbelis Castellanos Romero Top 10
2013 Guárico Gabriela Isler Morales Miss Universe 2013
2012 Sucre Irene Esser Quintero 2nd Runner-up
2011 Miranda Vanessa Gonçalves Gómez Top 16 Best National Costume (3rd Runner-up)
2010 Miranda Marelisa Gibson Villegas Unplaced
2009 Trujillo Stefanía Fernández Miss Universe 2009
2008 Amazonas Dayana Mendoza Miss Universe 2008 Charming Áo dài (Winner)
2007 Guárico Ly Jonaitis 2nd Runner-up
2006 Sucre Jictzad Viña Unplaced
2005 Guárico Mónica Spear 4th Runner-up
2004 Lara Ana Karina Áñez Unplaced Best National Costume (Top 10)
2003 Aragua Mariangel Ruiz 1st Runner-up
2002 Distrito Capital Cynthia Lander Zamora 4th Runner-up
2001 Apure Eva Ekvall 3rd Runner-up
2000 Distrito Capital Claudia Moreno 1st Runner-up
1999 Delta Amacuro Carolina Indriago Top 5 Best National Costume (1st Runner-up)
1998 Táchira Veruska Ramírez 1st Runner-up Best in Swimsuit
1997 Carabobo Marena Bencomo 1st Runner-up Best in Swimsuit
1996 Yaracuy Alicia Machado Miss Universe 1996 Best in Swimsuit, Best Style Finesse
1995 Zulia Denyse Floreano Top 6
1994 Apure Minorka Mercado 2nd Runner-up Best in Swimsuit, Miss Photogenic
1993 Aragua Milka Chulina 2nd Runner-up Miss Herbal Essences
1992 Amazonas Carolina Izsak Top 6
1991 Miranda Jackeline Rodríguez (elected by the organization) Top 6
1990 Bolívar Andreína Goetz Top 10
1989 Lara Eva Lisa Ljung Top 10
1988 Miranda Yajaira Vera Top 10
1987 Nueva Esparta Inés María Calero 3rd Runner-up
1986 Trujillo Bárbara Palacios Miss Universe 1986
1985 Guárico Silvia Martínez 3rd Runner-up
1984 Zulia Carmen María Montiel 2nd Runner-up
1983 Portuguesa Paola Ruggeri Top 12
1982 Guárico Ana Teresa Oropeza Unplaced
1981 Miranda Irene Sáez Conde Miss Universe 1981 Best National Costume (1st Runner-up)
1980 Lara Maye Brandt Unplaced
1979 Vargas Maritza Sayalero Fernández Miss Universe 1979
1978 Guárico Marisol Alfonzo Unplaced
1977 Vargas Cristal Montañez Top 12 Best National Costume (1st Runner-up)
1976 Nueva Esparta Judith Castillo Uribe 1st Runner-up Best National Costume (1st Runner-up)
1975 Nueva Esparta Maritza Pineda Unplaced
1974 Zulia Neyla Moronta Unplaced
1973 Carabobo Desireé Rolando Unplaced
1972 Nueva Esparta María Antonietta Cámpoli Prisco 2nd Runner-up
1971 Monagas Jeannette Donzella Unplaced
1970 Carabobo Bella La Rosa Top 15
1969 Aragua María José Yéllici Unplaced
1968 Distrito Federal Peggy Kopp Arenas 3rd Runner-up
1967 Vargas Mariela Pérez Branger 1st Runner-up
1966 Guárico Magaly Castro Egui Unplaced
1965 Distrito Federal María de las Casas Unplaced
1964 Miranda Mercedes Revenga Top 15
1963 Guárico Irene Amelia Morales Machado Unplaced
1962 Nueva Esparta Virginia Elizabeth Bailey Lázzari Unplaced
1961 Distrito Federal Ana Griselda Vegas Unplaced
1960 Yaracuy Mary Quiroz Delgado† Unplaced
1959 Did not compete
1958 Sucre Ida Margarita Pieri Unplaced
1957 Distrito Federal Consuelo Nouel Unplaced
1956 Distrito Federal Blanca Heredia Top 15
1955 Miranda Carmen Susana Duijm Zubillaga Top 15
1954 Did not compete
1953 Carabobo Gisela Bolaños Unplaced
1952 Bolívar Sofía Silva Unplaced

Miss Venezuela Mundo[edit]

  •      : Declared as Winner
  •      : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •      : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •      : Ended as special awards winner
The 1st Runner-up of Miss Venezuela traditionally represented her country at Miss World. In recent years Miss Venezuela Mundo under Miss Venezuela Organization holds a separate contest to select its winner to Miss World pageant.
Year State Miss Venezuela Mundo Placement at Miss World Special Awards
2019 Portuguesa Isabella Rodríguez TBD TBD
2018 Vargas Veruska Ljubisavljević Top 30 Winner - Head to Head Challenge (Round 1 and 2), Miss World Multimedia (Top 10)
2017 Monagas Ana Carolina Ugarte Top 40 Winner - Head to Head Challenge, Miss World People's Choice Award (Top 10), Miss World Multimedia (Top 10), Miss World Top Model (Top 30)
2016 Nueva Esparta Diana Croce Unplaced Miss World Top Model (Top 30)
2015 Portuguesa Anyela Galante Unplaced Miss World People's Choice Award (Top 10), Miss World Top Model (Top 30)
2014 Amazonas Debora Menicucci Unplaced
2013 Zulia Karen Soto Unplaced Dances Of The World (Top 11), Miss World Beach Beauty (Top 33)
2012 Distrito Capital Gabriella Ferrari Unplaced Miss World Top Model (Top 46)
2011 Amazonas Ivian Sarcos Miss World 2011 Miss World America, Miss World Sports (Top 6), Miss World Beach Beauty (Top 20), Miss World Top Model (Top 20), Miss World Talent (Top 20)
2010 Zulia Adriana Vasini 2nd Runner-up Miss World Talent (Top 11), Miss World Top Model (Top 20)
2009 Anzoátegui María Milagros Véliz Unplaced Miss World Sports (Top 6)
2008 Cojedes Hannelly Quintero Top 15 Miss World America, Miss World Beach Beauty (Top 10), Miss World Top Model (Top 10)
2007 Mérida Claudia Suárez Top 16 Miss World Beach Beauty (Top 20), Miss World Top Model (Top 10)
2006 Miranda Federica Guzmán Top 17 Miss World Beach Beauty, World Dress Designer award (Top 20)
2005 Zulia Susan Carrizo Unplaced
2004 Trujillo Andrea Milroy Unplaced Miss World Beach Beauty (Top 20)
2003 Miranda Valentina Patruno Top 20 Miss World Talent (Top 20)
2002 Carabobo Goizeder Azua Top 10 Miss Photogenic
2001 Zulia Andreína Prieto Unplaced
2000 Zulia Vanessa Cárdenas Unplaced
1999 Martina Thorogood Miranda 1st Runner-up Miss World America
1998 Veronica Schneider Monagas Unplaced
1997 Christina Dieckmann Nueva Esparta Unplaced
1996 Ana Cepinska Miszczak Nueva Esparta 4th Runner-up Miss Photogenic
1995 Jacqueline Aguilera Nueva Esparta Miss World 1995 Miss World America, Miss Photogenic
1994 Irene Ferreira Miranda 2nd Runner-up Miss World America, Best National Costume
1993 Mónica Lei Scaccia Distrito Federal 4th Runner-up Miss World America
1992 Francis Gago Bolívar 2nd Runner-up Miss World America
1991 Ninibeth Leal Zulia Miss World 1991 Miss World America
1990 Sharon Luengo Zulia 2nd Runner-up Miss Photogenic
1989 Distrito Federal Fabiola Candosin Unplaced Miss Photogenic
1988 Distrito Federal Emma Rabbe Ramírez 3rd Runner-up Miss World America
1987 Portuguesa Albany Lozada 1st Runner-up Miss World America
1986 Zulia María Begoña Juaristi 4th Runner-up
1985 Anzoátegui Ruddy Rodríguez 3rd Runner-up
1984 Miranda Astrid Carolina Herrera Miss World 1984 Miss World America, Miss Photogenic
1983 Apure Carolina Cerruti Unplaced
1982 Falcón Michelle Shoda Unplaced
1981 Aragua Pilin Leon Miss World 1981 Miss World America
1980 Vargas Hilda Abrahamz Top 15
1979 Barinas Tatiana Capote Disqualified
1978 Falcón Patricia Tóffoli Top 15
1977 Distrito Federal Jacqueline van den Branden Unplaced
1976 Lara Maria Genoveva Rivero Giménez Top 15
1975 Distrito Federal María Conchita Alonso 6th Runner-up Miss World America
1974 Vargas Alicia Rivas Serrano Unplaced
1973 Zulia Edicta de los Angeles García Oporto Unplaced
1972 Sucre Amalia del Carmen Heller Gómez Unplaced
1971 Miranda Ana María Padrón Ibarrondo Top 15
1970 Miranda Tomasa Nina (Tomasita) de las Casas Mata Unplaced
1969 Nueva Esparta Marzia Piazza 4th Runner-up
1968 Miranda María Dolores (Cherry) Núñez Rodríguez Unplaced
1967 Bolívar Irene Margarita Böttger González Unplaced
1966 Distrito Federal Jeannette Kopp Arenas Unplaced
1965 Anzoátegui Nancy Elizabeth González Aceituno Unplaced
1964 Portuguesa Mercedes Hernández Nieves Top 16
1963 Miranda Milagros Galíndez Castillo Top 15
1962 Aragua Betzabé Franco Blanco Top 15
1961 Distrito Federal Bexi Cecilia Romero Tosta Unplaced
1960 Distrito Federal Miriam Maritza Estévez Acevedo Did not compete
1959 Did not compete
1958 Sucre Ida Margarita Pieri Unplaced
1957 Distrito Federal Consuelo Nouel Unplaced
1956 Sucre Celsa Drucila Pieri Pérez Unplaced
1955 Miranda Carmen Susana Duijm Zubillaga Miss World 1955
Miss World Venezuela gallery[edit]

Miss Venezuela Internacional[edit]

  •      : Declared as Winner
  •      : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •      : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •      : Ended as special awards winner
The 2nd Runner-up of Miss Venezuela traditionally represented her country at Miss International. In recent years Miss Venezuela selects a runner-up or second position at Miss Venezuela pageant as Miss Venezuela Internacional winner. The winner goes to Miss International.
Year State Miss Venezuela Internacional Placement at Miss International Special Awards
2019 Zulia Melissa Ester Jiménez Guevara TBD TBD
2018 Barinas Mariem Claret Velazco García Miss International 2018
2017 Nueva Esparta Diana Macarena Croce García 2nd Runner-up
2016 Trujillo Jessica María Duarte Volweider Unplaced
2015 Anzoátegui Edymar Martínez Blanco Miss International 2015 Miss Perfect Body
2014 Guárico Michelle Marie Bertolini Araque Unplaced
2013 Aragua Nicelín Elián Herrera Vásquez Unplaced
2012 Guárico Blanca Cristina Aljibes Gallardo Top 15
2011 Distrito Capital Jessica Cristina Barboza Schmidt 1st Runner-up Miss Photogenic
2010 Trujillo Ana Elizabeth Mosquera Gómez Miss International 2010
2009 Monagas Laksmi Rodríguez de la Sierra Solórzano Top 15
2008 Carabobo Dayana Carolina Colmenares Bocchieri Top 12
2007 Sucre Vanessa Jacqueline Gómez Peretti Top 15
2006 Barinas Daniela Anette di Giacomo di Giovanni Miss International 2006
2005 Distrito Capital María Andrea Gómez Vásquez Top 12 Miss Photogenic
2004 Zulia Eleidy María Aparicio Serrano Unplaced
2003 Goizeder Victoria Azua Barrios Carabobo Miss International 2003 Miss Photogenic
2002 Distrito Capital Cynthia Cristina Lander Zamora Unplaced
2001 Táchira Aura Consuelo Zambrano Alejos 1st Runner-up
2000 Zulia Vivian Ines Urdaneta Rincón Miss International 2000
1999 Vargas Andreína Mercedes Llamozas González Top 15
1998 Aragua Daniela Kosán Montcourt 1st Runner-up Miss Photogenic
1997 Miranda Consuelo Adler Hernández Miss International 1997 Miss Photogenic
1996 Zulia Carla Andreína Steinkopf Struve Top 15
1995 Apure Ana Maria Amorer Guerrero 1st Runner-up
1994 Aragua Milka Yelisava Chulina Urbanich Top 15
1993 Yaracuy Rina Faviola Mónica Spitale Baiamonte Top 15
1992 Portuguesa María Eugenia Rodríguez Noguera Top 15
1991 Monagas Niurka Auristela Acevedo Unplaced
1990 Portuguesa Vanessa Cristina Holler Noel Top 15
1989 Nueva Esparta Beatriz Carolina Omaña Trujillo 2nd Runner-up
1988 Peninsula Goajira María Eugenia Duarte Lugo Unplaced
1987 Municipio Libertador Begoña Victoria García Varas Top 15 Best National Costume
1986 Portuguesa Nancy Josefina Gallardo Quiñones Top 15 Best National Costume
1985 Monagas Alejandrina "Nina" Sicilia Hernandez Miss International 1985
1984 Nueva Esparta Miriam Leyderman Eppel 1st Runner-up
1983 Miranda Donnatella Bottone Tiranti Unplaced
1982 Amazonas Amaury Martínez Macero Unplaced
1981 Distrito Federal Miriam Quintana Top 15
1980 Amazonas Graciela Lucía Rosanna La Rosa Guarneri Top 10
1979 Zulia Nilza Josefina Moronta Sangronis Unplaced
1978 Anzoátegui Dora Maria Fueyo Moreno Unplaced
1977 Lara Betty Paredes Unplaced
1976 Miranda Betzabeth Ayala Top 15
1975 Carabobo María del Carmen Yamel Díaz Rodríguez† Unplaced
1974 Distrito Federal Marisela Carderera Marturet Unplaced
1973 Táchira Hilda Elvira Carrero García Top 15
1972 Guárico Marilyn Plessmann Martínez Top 15
1971 Monagas Sonia Zaya Ledezma Corvo Unplaced
1970 Nueva Esparta Marzia Rita Gisela Piazza Suprani Unplaced
1969 Miranda Cristina Mercedes Keusch Pérez Top 15
1968 Aragua Jovann Navas Ravelo Unplaced
1967 Mérida Cecilia Picón-Febres Unplaced
1966 Did not compete
1965 Zulia Thamara Josefina Leal Unplaced
1964 Zulia Lisla Vilia Silva Negrón Top 15
1963 Carabobo Norah Luisa Duarte Rojas Unplaced
1962 Anzoátegui Olga Antonetti Nuñez Top 15
1961 Distrito Federal Gloria Lilué Chaljub Unplaced
1960 Distrito Federal Gladys Ascanio Arredondo Top 15

Miss Venezuela Tierra[edit]

  •      : Declared as Winner
  •      : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •      : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •      : Ended as special awards winner
Since its establishment in 2001 Miss Earth Venezuela is chosen by another organization, called Sambil Model Organization. From 2010 to 2015 Miss Earth Venezuela was chosen by the beauty czar Osmel Sousa. Since 2016, Venezuela representatives at the Miss Earth are chosen in a separate pageant Miss Earth Venezuela. Although Miss Venezuela Organization is not related to Sambil Model Organization, here are Venezuela's Miss Earth representatives sent by the Miss Venezuela Organization and Sambil Model Organization.
Year State Miss Venezuela Tierra Placement at Miss Earth Special Awards
2015 Aragua Andrea Rosales Top 8 2nd, silver medalist(s) Photogenic Award (Online Voting), 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Best National Costume (The Americas)
2014 Aragua Maira Alexandra Rodríguez Miss Earth - Water 2014 2nd, silver medalist(s) Darling of the Press, 2nd, silver medalist(s) Cocktail Wear (Group 3), 2nd, silver medalist(s) Best Long Gown (Group 3), 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Resort Wear
2013 Falcón Alyz Henrich Miss Earth 2013 Best in Long Gown, Miss Ever Bilena, Hanna's Best in Swimsuit, Miss Hanna, Miss Psalmstre Advanced Placenta, Miss Pontefino, 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Swimsuit, Resorts Wear competition (Top 15), 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Most Child Friendly (Group 2)
2012 Zulia Osmariel Villalobos Miss Earth - Water 2012 Best in Resort Wear, Miss Earth Golden Sunset, Miss Ever Bilena, Miss Hannah's Beach Resort, 2nd, silver medalist(s) Swimsuit competition (Group 2)
2011 Aragua Caroline Medina Miss Earth - Fire 2011 Best Skin, Best Hair, Miss Natural, Miss Personality
2010 Táchira Mariángela Bonanni Top 7 Best in Swimsuit (Top 7)
Sambil Model Organization — Miss Earth Venezuela
2009 Zulia Jessica Barboza Miss Earth — Water 2009 Top 5 Best in Long Gown (Group 1), Top 5 Best in Swimsuit (Group 1)
2008 Táchira Daniela Torrealba Top 8 Best in Long Gown, Face of Placenta
2007 Caracas Silvana Santaella Miss Earth — Water 2007 Best in Swimsuit, Best in Long Gown
2006 La Victoria Marianne Puglia Miss Earth — Fire 2006 Best in Swimsuit
2005 Alexandra Braun Caracas Miss Earth 2005 Best in Swimsuit
2004 Did not compete
2003 Driva Cedeño Unplaced
2002 Dagmar Votterl Unplaced
2001 Lirigmel Ramos Unplaced
Gallery of Miss Earth Venezuela[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Valdez, Maria (30 January 2017). "Miss Universe Winners: Which Country Has Won The Most Titles?". Latin Times. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "In beleaguered Venezuela, young women use beauty pageants to escape poverty". NBC News. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Patricia Velásquez confiesa que se prostituyó para ingresar al Miss Venezuela". Diario La Prensa (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  4. ^ Laya, Patricia (21 March 2018). "Cisneros Suspends Miss Venezuela Pageant After Corruption Scandal". Bloomberg.
  5. ^ "Suspenden Miss Venezuela 2018 por orden de tribunal". El Universal (in Spanish). 18 August 2018. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  6. ^ Prestigious Beauty Pageants (7 February 2014). "Miss Venezuela Universe 2014 is Migbelis Castellanos". Prestigious Beauty Pageants. Archived from the original on 4 March 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Arrancó el Miss Venezuela 2005". El Mundo. Archived from the original on 8 August 2005. Retrieved 30 July 2005.
  8. ^ "Venezuela: País donde las mujeres nacen y se hacen las más bellas". Nueva Prensa Guayana. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2008.
  9. ^ Jones (2008:208)
  10. ^ News, Caracas (21 February 2018). "Alexandra Braun obtiene premio en el Festival de Cine International en Londres". Noticias24. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  11. ^ Martínez, Laura (5 October 2017). "Uma, la película que alzó a Alexandra Braun a las pantallas internacionales (Uma, the film that lifted Alexandra Braun to international screens)". Venezuela Analitica. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  12. ^ "¿Cuánto vale una Miss Venezuela?". Climax. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  13. ^ Lozano, Daniel (15 March 2018). "Miss Venezuela, envuelto en una trama de prostitución que involucra al chavismo". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  14. ^ Mozo, Ana Carolina Griffin, Reynaldo (12 November 2017). "Miss Venezuela Pageant: Saints and Beauty Make Toxic Mix". Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  15. ^ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-21/cisneros-suspends-miss-venezuela-pageant-amid-corruption-scandal
  16. ^ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-43498874
  17. ^ "They Have Been Miss Venezuela". Retrieved 20 July 2008.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ Jun, Kwanwoo (3 December 2003). "Lost in Storm's Debris: A Beauty Pageant". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  19. ^ Kenya, News (15 July 2011). "Beauty with scandals". Standard Digital News. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  20. ^ Vietnam, News (8 October 2008). "Những scandal của Miss World". Vietnam Express. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  21. ^ Ibrahim, Lynda (13 September 2013). "The misses and missuses of the world". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  22. ^ Lowe, Aya (25 January 2016). "Philippines' Miss Universe returns home, ignites dreams". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 25 January 2016.

External links[edit]