Since the inception of the Miss Universe pageant in 1952, Puerto Rico has had 20 representatives qualified for the finals, including 5 winners, 7 runners-up, 6 finalists, and 2 semi-finalists. Puerto Rico has five victories, trailing only the United States (8 victories) and Venezuela (5 victories).
In the year that Puerto Rico did not hold its own contest due to financial problems, Venezuelan representative Adriana Leon was designated as their entry. This is also the only year where a country other than those listed above has been allowed to send more than one contestant to the finals.
Puerto Rican women have been very successful at international pageants, having earned a top 10 placement at the Miss World pageant eight times (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004) and a win at the Miss International pageant in 1972. A number of other Puertorriqueñas have also won national titles abroad.
The first two winners of the Miss Puerto Rico pageant were crowned in an event held on January 12, 1952 at the Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The winner of the 1951 pageant was unable to compete because she had already represented her country at the Miss America Pageant. So Adelaida Torres from Mayagüez was appointed by the committee to represent Puerto Rico at the Miss America Festival. She went on to place second runner-up at the festival.
At least five times Puerto Rico has won the Miss Universe pageant five times, making it one of the most successful contenders in the program's history. The first time was in 1951 when María Teresa González won the title.
Puerto Rican contestants have also won the awards for Best National Costume (1952) and Miss Photogenic (2011). In addition, two other women from Puerto Rico have been nominated as candidates but they did not make the final stage of competition.
Puerto Rico has also competed at the Miss World pageant, which is similar to Miss Universe but with more cultural programming elements such as dance and music competitions. Puerto Ricans have won three awards: Best National Costume (1952) and Miss Congeniality (2003) by Adriana Celentano who also represented Argentina at the same time and Best Smile when she competed again in 2013.
The first runner-up at Miss Universe 1951 was awarded third place because no second-place winner existed at the time. The second runner-up was given the opportunity to compete against Miss Puerto Rico in the national costume contest. She declined, so the decision was made to give her prize money instead.
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According to the Miss Universe's Past Winners section on the pageant's website, Miss USA has won the crown eight times since 1952. However, while it may appear to be only a few of times, Miss USA has all of the crowns ever won, with Venezuela coming in second with a total of seven victories.
The most recent winner was Alexis Arquette, who also happened to be the first female champion to lose her title after only one year. Since then, the winner has always been reinstated by the franchise holder after they lost or withdrew from the competition.
In fact, Miss USA has never even finished outside the top two placeholders. During its early years, when it wasn't clear who would win, both girls would often remain in the contest. This led to the creation of the popular vote portion of the competition that is used today.
Since 1952, there have been several changes made to the format of the pageant, but one thing remains the same: The winner will always be reinstalled as Miss USA after one year off.
This means that if you are interested in winning the title, you should consider entering the next edition of the pageant. However, if you aren't able to compete because of work or personal reasons, then simply staying within the system and waiting for the next opportunity is recommended.
Miss Universe 2006-Winners Zuleyka Rivera and Uma Blasini
The 55th Miss Universe pageant, Miss Universe 2006, was held on July 23, 2006, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, USA. Zuleyka Rivera of Puerto Rico was crowned by Natalie Glebova of Canada at the end of the competition. Puerto Rico has won Miss Universe for the sixth (and most recent) time.
It has crowned seven Miss Universes, eight Miss Internationals, six Miss Worlds, and two Miss Earths. Venezuela became the first country to win all four pageants numerous times when it won Miss Earth in 2013.
Its dominance at these events is due to the fact that there are no restrictions on who can compete as long as you are from one of the delegations' countries. However, this practice may soon change - Miss World requires that its winners be natural-born citizens and they must also be over the age of 21. Additionally, each year the management of each pageant decides which countries will be allowed to enter candidates. There have been cases where certain countries have been excluded from participating for a number of years. For example, India was not permitted to take part in the Miss Universe competition between 1975 and 1990 because none of the contestants could speak English.
However, India did get back into the game in 1991 when Anita Yuen became the first Indian winner of the title. Since then, India has taken part in every single edition of the four competitions and has never finished outside the top five. In fact, India has now become the most successful nation in the history of the contests with 11 victories out of 32 attempts.
Venezuela's next competition is expected to be the 2015 Miss International pageant held in Tokyo, Japan.