OUR MISS UNIVERSE
MARISOL MALARET CONTRERAS
She was born on October
13, 1949 in Utuado, Puerto Rico. She was the First Puerto Rican to
be crowded Miss Universe. Malaret won the title in Miami in 1970.
After her win, she was the object of what was until then, one of the
biggest welcomings ever at San Juan's Luis Muñoz Marín International
Airport, then known as Isla Verde International Airport. After her
reign as Miss Universe was over, Malaret becoming a popular public
figure in Puerto Rico, becoming a tv show host and magazine editor.
Malaret's face has graced the covers of many the many Puerto Rican
entertainment and gossip magazines, such as Vea, TV Guía, Artistas,
Estrella and its smaller version Estrellitas.
1985 was another year for
DAYANARA TORRES DELGADO
Dayanara Torres Delgado was born in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. She was the Third Puerto Rican to be crowded Miss Universe.
The life of
Dayanara Torres reads like a modern-day fairy tale . . . From
her modest upbringing in Puerto Rico; to being discovered on the
streets of her hometown; becoming Miss Universe at the tender age of
18 and, soon-after, a movie star in the Philippines and Puerto Rico;
marrying and divorcing; raising two beautiful princes; and bravely
striving to rebuild her career . . . while Dayanara's story is what
dreams, or novelas, are made of it is very much her reality, one
that she manages with her signature grace, dignity, beauty and
She was born on September
9, 1980 and was the Fourth Puerto Rican winner of the Miss Universe
contest. She represented Lares when she won the right to represent
Puerto Rico in the Miss Puerto Rico pegeant. Quiñones won the
contest in her own backyard - Puerto Rico - in
2001. her win, over Greek supermodel Evelina Papantoniou, was the
first time a woman outside of the US mainland had taken the Miss
Universe crown in her own homeland. The victory came on the Miss
Universe pegeant's 50th anniversary. There was a bit of controversy
regarding Quiñones's win, which came on the heels of massive
audicence support during the telecast, the placement of Dayanara
Torres (Former Miss Universe from Puerto Rico) and her then-husband
Marc Anthony of the Judging panel, and the early preparations f or
the 2002 pageant to also be held in Puerto Rico. Papantoniou, who
remains legendary in the pegeant world for her stunning looks and
revolutionary catwalk, arguably gave the better answer in an
interview and was cut off by host Noemi Campbell, while Quiñones did
not have such a disadvantage but also delivered impeccable
presentations. Officialy, the eight judges on the final duty
deadlocked, with the final scores tallied equally between
Papantoniou and Quiñones and Quiñones's higher semifinal scores were
used as the ti-breaker, which was also done in 1998.
ZULEYKA RIVERA MENDOZA
Was born on October
3, 1987 in Cayey, Puerto Rico. Is a beauty queen who has held the
titles Miss Puerto Rico Universe and Miss Universe 2006. Rivera won
the title, during the Miss Universe 2006 pageant. She is the Fifth
Puerto Rican to win the title, and makes the Miss Puerto Rico
Organization the second most successful in the pageant (behind the
United States). Rivera was crowned by Natalie Glebova of Canada,
Miss Universe 2005. Later that evening, Rivera fainted briefly
during a press appearance. The incident was reportedly attributed
to the heat exhaustion (from the stage lights) coupled with the
weight of the heavy, chained dress she was wearing. She is also the
first winner from Puerto Rico of mixed racial heritage, as her four
predecessors (Marisol Malaret, Deborah Carthy-Deu, Dayanara Torres
and Denise Quiñones) all have distinctly European features.
Reference: Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuleyka_Rivera_Mendoza
OUR LATIN BEAUTY
(NUESTRA BELLEZA LATINA)
Melissa Marty is a beauty pageant titlholder from Puerto Rico Marty
placed as a semi-finalist in Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2008,
competing as "Miss Caguas." She then became a contestant on the
reality show/beauty contest Nuestra Belleza Latina, and after weeks
of competition and eliminations, she won the gran prize of over
$100,000 and earned the title of "Nuestra Belleza Latina 2008." She
is a member of Mu Alpha Phi sorority. She graduated from college
with a Bachelor's degree in Communications.
VANESSA DE ROIDE
Vanessa De Roide is a beauty pageant titleholder, model and TV host from Puerto Rico and the current Nuestra Belleza Latina 2012. She is a well-known top model in the island.
She represented Puerto Rico in Miss Earth 2005 and finished in the Top 8. She also won the Best in Long Gown Award. She is the female image of Fox Deportes. She represented Carolina at Miss Puerto Rico 2012, and finished as 1st. Runner-Up. She won the title of Nuestra Belleza Latina 2012, on May 20, 2012.
Aleyda Ortiz is the new "Nuestra Belleza Latina".
Puerto Rican Aleyda Ortiz became the 8th “Nuestra Belleza Latina.” Throughout her journey on the show, Aleyda always presented herself with poise and elegance, and proved she has what it takes to be more than a queen in terms of beauty, but also a role model. This gorgeous girl hails from Bayamón, Puerto Rico. She’s 25 and studied Public Relations and Advertisement. Aleyda has had an impressive journey to the crown. It all started when she was 22 years old and weighing more than she wanted.
Ortiz always wanted to be on TV, but
she knew she was “fat” to the business’ standards. She turned her
life around by committing to a life-changing transformation, which
definitely helped her win Univision’s “Nuestra Belleza Latina.”
Aleyda began losing a lot of weight, and eventually decided to test
if her efforts were noticeable. She joined Miss Puerto Rico, where
she became first finalist. After her success, becoming one of the
most beautiful women in her native island, she was assured that she
could accomplish whatever she wanted.