Mayra Matos Pérez (born August 28, 1988, in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican actress, writer, fashion model and beauty pageant titleholder who held the title of Miss Teen International 2006 and Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2009.[1]

Mayra Matos
Mayra Matos Pérez

(1988-08-28) August 28, 1988 (age 35)
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Puerto Rico Teenage 2005
Miss Teen International 2006
Miss Cabo Rojo Universe 2009
Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2009
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Miss Teen International 2006
Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2009
Miss Universe 2009
(4th Runner-Up)
Nuestra Belleza Latina 2015
(Top 20)

Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2009 edit

Matos represented Cabo Rojo at the Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2009 pageant where she was crowned Miss Puerto Rico Universe by outgoing titleholder Ingrid Rivera with the assistance of Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart and Miss Dominican Republic 2008 Marianne Cruz. She also won the award for "Most Beautiful Face".[citation needed]

Miss Universe edit

Preliminary rounds edit

Matos wore a costume modeled after boxing gear during the national costume competition; the piece included a hooded robe, gloves and a championship belt bearing the Coat of arms of Puerto Rico. The outfit was known to the island's boxing tradition, which has produced more champions per capita than any other location in the world.[citation needed]

Final show edit

Matos represented Puerto Rico at Miss Universe 2009 on August 23, 2009, in Nassau, Bahamas. She was the first of the semifinalists to be called, breaking a two-year non-placement streak for Puerto Rico. She then advanced to the Top 10 and was one of the Top 5 finalists, along with Ada de la Cruz of the Dominican Republic, Rachel Finch of Australia, Stefanía Fernandez of Venezuela, and Marigona Dragusha of Kosovo. She eventually finished as 4th Runner-Up. The eventual winner was Stefanía Fernandez of Venezuela[2] This was Puerto Rico's most recent Top 5 placement until 2018 when Kiara Ortega also finished in the Top 5.

Professional life edit

In 2013 Matos appeared in the comedy film 200 Cartas, a film about a comic book artist who travels to Puerto Rico to find a woman he met at a bar in New York City. Matos appears as Maria Sanchez, the love interest of Lin-Manuel Miranda's character Raul. The film also stars Mexican actor Jaime Camil, Puerto Rican actor and comedian Luis Raúl, and Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres.[3][4]

Lineage edit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by Miss Universe 4th Runner-Up
Succeeded by
Preceded by Miss Puerto Rico Universe
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jeimimar Ramos
Miss Cabo Rojo Universe
Succeeded by
Carolina Rodríguez
Preceded by Miss Teen International
Succeeded by
  Jenny Quiroga

References edit

  1. ^ "Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2009". Daily News. New York. 2008-10-23.
  2. ^ "Miss Universe 2009: Winner & Results - sgcGO". Archived from the original on 2009-08-27. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  3. ^ "Mayra Matos recibe 200 cartas - El Nuevo Día". Archived from the original on 2013-12-02.
  4. ^ "200 CARTAS Trailer Oficial - Subtitulado". YouTube.