Miss Universe 2002, the 51st Miss Universe pageant, was held on May 29, 2002, at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 75 delegates competed in this year. Oxana Fedorova of Russia was crowned by Denise Quiñones of Puerto Rico as her successor at the end of the event.
|Miss Universe 2002|
|Date||May 29, 2002|
|Venue||Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Winner||Justine Pasek |
|Congeniality||Merlisa George |
US Virgin Islands
|Best National Costume||Vanessa Mendoza |
|Photogenic||Isis Casalduc |
Fedorova was dethroned four months later, ostensibly because she could not travel to fulfill her duties, and first runner-up Justine Pasek of Panama took over the Miss Universe title. To date, the 2002 pageant is the only time the 1st runner-up has assumed the title when the reigning Miss Universe became incapable of fulfilling her duties, as explained in the disclaimer traditionally read out by hosts before announcing the winner in the live show. The official reason for Fedorova's dethronement has not been disclosed by the Miss Universe Organization.
This was the last Miss Universe show to be aired on CBS. Beginning with the next Miss Universe pageant, NBC assumed co-ownership of the pageant along with Donald Trump, and as a result began televising the pageant.
|Miss Universe 2002|
Final Competition Score
Order of announcements
75 contestants competed for the title.
- Ages at the time of the pageant
- Spain' - The winner of Miss España 2001 pageant, Lorena Ayala cut all ties with the Miss España organization and lost the right to representing Spain in any international pageant after a threat of lawsuit against the Miss España Organization by her family side due to breaching her contract with the organization, then they replaced her with the new Miss España 2002, Vania Millán by the Miss Universe Organization's request.
- Argentina - The pageant was canceled due to as one of the effects of the economic crisis that the country faced between 1999 and 2002..
- Barbados - The Pageant was postponed to December.
- Belize - Karen Russell - Lack of Sponsorship, went to Miss World 2002.
- Botswana - The country was without a franchisee until 2004.
- Great Britain - Yana Booth-It was not sent due to a local franchisee change.
- Hong Kong - Shirley Yeung - the Miss Hong Kong pageant lost their Miss Universe licence in 2001 due to lack of interest.Since 2003, the territory has sent its candidates to Miss China.
- Lebanon - Christina Sawaya, Miss Lebanon 2001 withdrew because she supported the Second Intifada and started that she couldn't compete with Miss Israel 2002, Yamit Har-Noy at the pageant. She took part at Miss International 2002 in te latter part of the year and won the crown.
- Malta - Loredana Zammit - The Miss Malta organization lost their Miss Universe licence that year.
- Mayotte - Attempted to obtain a MU license. Denied. Winner of the Miss Mayotte pageant competes in Miss France.
- New Zealand -
- Paraguay - María Gabriela Riquelme Escuna - The Miss Paraguay organization lost their Miss Universe licence.
- St. Maarten - Bernice Gumbs - Lack of Sponsorship
- Taiwan R.O.C. - The local pageant was canceled as a protest of the participation of a Chinese candidate from the mainland.
- ' Turks and Caicos - Euwonka Selver - She was dethroned a few weeks before leaving for the pageant and the organization didn't replace her.
Other countries with Miss Universe licence that didn't send delegates that year:
- Cook Islands - The contest was postponed several times until the Summer.
- Iceland - Lack of Sponsorship.
- Mozambique - Lost their Miss Universe licence.
- Vietnam - The pageant was delayed until the middle of 2003.
- Zimbabwe - Due to the Zimbabwe economic and political crisis since 2000,the franchisee returned the license to the Miss Universe Organization.
- US Virgin Islands - Miss Congeniality (Merlisa George)
- Puerto Rico - Miss Photogenic (Isis Casalduc)
- Colombia - Best National Costume (Vanessa Mendoza)
- The Parade of Nations was conducted outdoors in the streets of Old San Juan for the first time and the delegates all wore their national costumes and presented in alphabetical order. This format of the parade would continue until 2005, although from 2003 to 2005, the delegates did not wear their national costumes during the parade.
- Josiane Oliveira of Brazil was dethroned after Big Brother Brasil. The local organization discovered that she was married. The 2002 Miss Brazil 1st runner-up took over the title just two months before passing the crown to her successor.
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- "New Miss Universe Crowned". CNN. September 24, 2002. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
- "Třináctá Miss soutěžila s třináctkou". iDNES (in Czech). September 13, 2002. Retrieved June 3, 2022.
- "Los padres de Lorena Van Heerde denuncian a la organización de Miss España por impago". HOLA USA. April 5, 2002.
- "Lorena Van Heerde: 'Aunque habían enviado mi documentación a Miss Universo, sabían que no pensaba ir'". HOLA USA. April 11, 2002.
- "Concursos de Diciembre 2002". Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2017.