Cynthia Olavarría

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Cynthia Enid Olavarría Rivera (born January 28, 1982 in Santurce) is a Puerto Rican actress, fashion model, tv host and beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2005 and placed 1st Runner-Up at Miss Universe 2005.

Cynthia Olavarría
Cynthia Enid Olavarría Rivera

(1982-01-28) January 28, 1982 (age 42)
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss San Juan Universe 2003
Miss Salinas Universe 2005
Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2005
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2003
(1st Runner-Up)
Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2005
Miss Universe 2005
(1st Runner-Up)



Early years


Born in the Santurce district of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Olavarría was an expressive and eloquent child. Those qualities made her embark in the world of beauty pageants, TV hosting and modeling since she was a teenager. At age 11, she won her first beauty pageant, "Miss Reina Infantil" and became the host of the famous Puerto Rican child game show Contra el Reloj con Pacheco.



Cynthia Olavarria attended Colegio La Piedad, a private school in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, where she was an honor student and member of many school organizations, including the National Honor Society and the Student Council. After graduating High School, she enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, where she managed to combine her studies with her modeling career. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications, with a concentration in Journalism and Public Relations.

Modeling career


At age 18, she started out as a model by competing in Elite Model Look Puerto Rico's Competition, where she placed third. This served as springboard to develop a long modeling career where she has enjoyed success, achieving over 20 magazine covers and publications in Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Miami, New York, and Puerto Rico.

Many awards have been given to her for her trajectory, including two awards for "Best Female Model" and a recognition as a Puerto Rican "Top Model". She also received the "International Model Ambassador Award" at the Chicago Latino Fashion Week in 2007, and another recognition as "Outstanding Model of the Year" in the Latin Pride National Awards.

Beauty pageants


Olavarria's history with pageants started at age 11, when she won her first beauty pageant, "Miss Reina Infantil". When she became 18, she competed in Elite Model Look Puerto Rico.

After graduating from college, Olavarría was headed towards a Master's degree in Entertainment Law as well as a career with Elite Model Management when she decided to temporarily change her path in order to participate in the Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2005 pageant, where she won the crown representing the municipality of Salinas in October 2004.

She represented Puerto Rico in Miss Universe 2005 pageant held in Bangkok, Thailand in May 31, 2005. Olavarría made her country proud by becoming the First Puerto Rican in the Miss Universe history to place 1st Runner-Up. One of her many 1st Runner-Up duties, included attending to the crowning ceremony of Miss Indonesia 2006 pageant, on behalf of the Miss Universe Organization.

During the course of her reign, she made many appearances on such television programs such as Don Francisco Presenta, El Gordo y La Flaca, Despierta America, Cotorreando, Primer Impacto, Objetivo Fama, Premios Juventud, and Premios Lo Nuestro.

Given her success in beauty pageants she has been invited to be a judge in several international beauty pageants, along with hosting some of them. Including to host "Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2018 and 2019 pageants for WAPA-TV and WAPA America.[1]

Acting career


After finishing her undergraduate studies and returning from Miss Universe, Olavarria began taking acting lessons with actresses Elia Enid Cadilla, Flor Nunez, Sebastian Ligarde and Hector Zavaleta, in order to become an actress. Her television debut was as the protagonist of a mini-series called Cuando el Universo Conspira in 2005. Later she made her theater debut by playing a major role as a princess in the child-oriented play La Princesa de los Ojos Tristes. In 2006, she appeared in Victor Manuelle and Sin Bandera’s musical video entitled Maldita Suerte.[2][3] In 2007, she landed the protagonist role in the first-ever online telenovela for the Hispanic market, Mi Adorada Malena,[4][better source needed] which was produced by Univision and broadcast on its website. Due to its success, it was later broadcast nationally on the network.

In July 2010, she landed the role of Lucy Saldana in Telemundo's telenovela-thriller Alguien Te Mira.[5][better source needed] She plays a crazy massage therapist that is obsessed with one of her coworkers, and will stop at nothing to destroy his marriage so she can have him. In December 2010, she also played the main role in the music video of Jencarlos Canela's new single, titled Mi Corazon Insiste.

In 2011 she signed a contract with Telemundo Studios and became an Exclusive talent for the Network.[6] On April 2011, she filmed "Mi Corazón Insiste" My Heart Beats For Lola Volcán as "Sofia Palacios,[7][better source needed] and in 2012-2013 was part of the telenovela El Rostro De la Venganza as Diana Mercader.[8][better source needed]

In August 2013 Cynthia won the "Best Supporting Actress Award" in "Premios Tu Mundo" for her role as the good natured Diana Mercader in the telenovela-thriller El Rostro De La Venganza.[9]

As much as Cynthia enjoyed winning a "Tu Mundo" for interpreting angelic/good natured roles she also feared the award might typecast her indefinitely in such characters. However, early in November 2014 People en Español magazine announced that Telemundo Studios had cast Cynthia in a stellar villainess role in Tierra De Reyes[10][better source needed] a remake of the highly popular Colombian telenovela "Pasion De Gavilanes". This time she would be interpreting the diabolical, Isadora Valverde, a dangerous and obsessive woman who runs a drug cartel and who obsesses in a love triangle between actors Fabian Rios and Aaron Diaz.

In 2015, she won the "Best Villain Award" for that role.[11]

In 2016 she moved to the Dominican Republic to film "Loki 7" as Kandy Canovas and later that year she had a Special appearance in the movie "Juan Apóstol, El Más Amado", as "Eva", filmed in Almeria, Spain.[12][better source needed]

In 2021-2022 she filmed "La Mujer De Mi Vida" in Telemundo Global Studios Miami.[citation needed]



Her hosting career started at an early age when she became the host of Contra el Reloj con Pacheco.

In the United States, she has been a presenter at Premios Juventud, Premios Lo Nuestro, Latin Billboard Music Awards, and the Mexican Billboard Awards. She has also served as guest host in Día a Día, Escandalo TV, Acceso Total, and Nuestra Belleza Latina.

In 2007, Univision recruited her to become the official Runway Coach of the hit reality show Nuestra Belleza Latina which airs on the Univision network. There she held an active role in this position for three years total (2007–2010) while also doing work for other Univision sister networks. In February 2010 she moved on to work for Galavision UniMás, as a news correspondent and co-host of Acceso Maximo.

Cynthia also worked for Univision's rival network Telemundo as the host of Decisiones Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rican adaptation of the Telemundo's series Decisiones. In 2008, she also hosted a Miss Universe special titled “Intimamente con Miss Universo” for Telemundo. The one-hour show follows the steps of Miss Universe 2008, after winning the title.

In 2007 and 2008, she joined Mexican singer and actor Fernando Allende to host the Miss World Puerto Rico pageant.

She was also the temporary host of Telemundo's Acceso Total in November 2010 while she filmed the telenovela Alguien Te Mira. She also starred Mi Corazón Insiste… en Lola Volcán with Carmen Villalobos, Jencarlos Canela, Carlos Ferro, and Ana Layevska where she plays Sofia Palacios.

In 2011 she hosted "Camino a la Corona" the Miss Universe Gala Pre Show in Brasil.[13]

In 2012 she participated in Telemundo's El Rostro de la Venganza, with Elizabeth Gutiérrez, David Chocarro, Maritza Rodríguez and Saúl Lisazo; for which she won "Mejor Actriz de Reparto" (Best Supporting Actress) at Premios Tu Mundo.[14]

In 2013 she became the official host of A & E Network for an exclusive coverage of "Festival Viña Del Mar" in Chile. Olavarria had one on one interviews with Ricky Martin, Jesse & Joy, Melendi and Carlos Vives.[15]

Early in 2013 it was announced that Cynthia will be starring in Top Chef Estrellas, a Latin American version of the reality cooking television show Top Chef that will air Telemundo with stars competing for their choice of charity.[16]

From 2016-2018 Olavarria moved to LA, to work on a Reality Show , empowering woman to become the best version of themselves. It aired on Azteca America.

In 2019 she joined ABC Puerto Rico to host "Primetime", a variety and entertainment daily show.[17] In 2020 she was the Fashion Reporter for ABC Puerto Rico's Oscars Ceremony.

In 2021 she was invited by Telemundo Network to be apart of "Las Nuestras", a Tv Show to discuss several topics related beauty pageants, alongside Lupita Jones (Miss Universe 1991), Dayanara Torres (Miss Universe 1993), and Estefanía Fernández (Miss Universe 2009), journalist Luis Alfonso Borrego Sientese Quien Pueda Univision and Aylin Mujica from La Mesa Caliente Telemundo.



Her life flashed before her eyes the summer of 2018 after a snake bite in the middle of a photo shoot in Miami. “They told me the venom wouldn’t leave my body within 12 months… I thought it will leave sooner but it was worse with the months” said sobbing Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2005. Doctors had told her “you probably won't be the same person, you will have to use a machine in your leg, so you can be able to walk.[18]

Cynthia is always active on Social Media, an is well known as a Beauty, Fashion, and Lifestyle Influencer. She's also a Social Media Manager, Pageant Consultant, and Runway Coach, on her successful online platform: "Proyecto Missma".

In 2024 she published on Instagram that has a big announcement to make.


Television and films performance
Year Title Roles Notes
2005 Miss Universe 2005 Herself Competition program; Miss Puerto Rico (1st Runner-Up)
2005 Don Francisco Presenta Herself TV show; guest role
2007–2009 Nuestra Belleza Latina Herself Guest Judge; 22 episodes
2007 Mi adorada Malena Malena TV series; main role, 6 episodes
2010–2011 Alguien te mira Lucia "Lucy" Saldaña TV series; series regular, 88 episodes
2011 Mi corazón insiste en Lola Volcán Sofía Palacios TV series; series regular, 111 episodes
2012–2013 El rostro de la venganza Diana Mercader TV series; series regular
2014 Secreteando Silvia TV series; episode: "Hace tiempo que debí contártelo"
2014–2015 Tierra de reyes Isadora Valverde TV series; series regular, 114 episodes
2016 Loki 7 Candy Film
2016 Juan Apóstol, El Más Amado Eva Guest Appearance
2021-2022 La Mujer de mi Vida Annette TV series; guest appearance, 30 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated works Result
2013 Premios Tu Mundo Best Supporting Actress El Rostro de la Venganza Won[19]
2015 Premios Tu Mundo[20][21][19] The Best Bad Girl - Novela Tierra de reyes Won[19]

See also



  1. ^ "Jaime Mayol y Cynthia Olavarría animarán la final de Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2018" [Jaime Mayol and Cynthia Olavarría Will Host the Final of Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2018]. Metro (in Spanish). Metro World News. 18 September 2018. Archived from the original on June 10, 2024.
  2. ^ tttigres (April 4, 2006). "VICTOR MANUELLE estrena su video titulado 'Maldita Suerte'" [Victor Manuelle Stars in the Video Titled 'Maldita Suerte'.]. LaKeBuena. Sistema Radiopolis. Archived from the original on June 10, 2024.
  3. ^ "Celebra por partida triple de Victor Manuelle" [Celebrate Victor Manuelle's Triple Game]. Tropicana. Caracol. 29 September 2006. Archived from the original on June 10, 2024.
  4. ^ "Mi adorada Malena (2007– ): Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Archived from the original on June 10, 2024.
  5. ^ "Alguien Te Mira (2010– ): Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Archived from the original on May 28, 2022.
  6. ^ People en Español Staff (July 12, 2011). "Cynthia Olavarría firma contrato de exclusividad con Telemundo" [Cynthia Olavarría Signs Exclusivity Contract with Telemundo]. People en Español. Dotdash Meredith. Archived from the original on June 10, 2024.
  7. ^ "My Heart Beats for Lola Volcán (2011– ): Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Archived from the original on June 10, 2024.
  8. ^ "El Rostro de la Venganza (2012–2013):Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Archived from the original on June 10, 2024.
  9. ^ Alequín, Héctor Aponte (23 August 2013). "El triunfo emociona a Cynthia Olavarría -VÍDEO" [The Triumph Excites Cynthia Olavarría -VIDEO] (in Spanish). Archived from the original on January 10, 2023.
  10. ^ "Tierra de Reyes (2014– ): Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Archived from the original on June 10, 2024.
  11. ^ "Cynthia Olavarría es la "Mala Más Buena"" [Cynthia Olavarría is the 'Best Bad']. August 20, 2015. Archived from the original on June 10, 2024.
  12. ^ "Juan Apóstol, el Más Amado (2019): Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Archived from the original on June 10, 2024.
  13. ^ "Mónica Noguera y Cynthia Olavarría: Listas para Miss Universo".
  14. ^ "El triunfo emociona a Cynthia OlavarrÃa -VÃ?DEO". 23 August 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  15. ^ "Cynthia feliz junto a Ricky en Viña del Mar (FOTOS)". 28 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Telemundo Sets Spanish-Language Version of 'Top Chef'". Variety. 2013-07-15. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  17. ^ "Cynthia Olavarría y Carlos McConnie regresan a la isla". 12 March 2019.
  18. ^ ( Metro Puerto Rico, 2019)
  19. ^ a b c "Conoce a los ganadores de "Premios Tu Mundo 2015" de Telemundo". (in Spanish). 20 August 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  20. ^ "Kimberly Dos Ramos y Gonzalo García Vivanco máximos nominados a Premios Tu Mundo 2015" (in Spanish). 22 July 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  21. ^ Telemundo Network (23 July 2015). "Lista completa de los nominados a Premios Tu Mundo 2015". Telemundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 July 2015.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by Miss Universe 1st runner-up
Succeeded by
Preceded by Miss Puerto Rico Universe
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Miss Salinas Universe
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Miss San Juan Universe
Succeeded by
Antoinette Castrillo