Miss Universe 2002

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
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Justine Pasek of Panama, Miss Universe 2002
DateMay 29, 2002
Presenters
EntertainmentMarc Anthony
VenueColiseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico
BroadcasterCBS
Entrants75
Placements10
Debuts
Withdrawals
Returns
WinnerJustine Pasek
 Panama
(Assumed)
Oxana Fedorova
 Russia (Dethroned)
CongenialityMerlisa George
 US Virgin Islands
Best National CostumeVanessa Mendoza
 Colombia
PhotogenicIsis Casalduc
 Puerto Rico
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Fedorova was dethroned four months later, ostensibly because she could not travel to fulfill her duties,[1] and first runner-up Justine Pasek of Panama took over the Miss Universe title.[2] 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.

Results

Placements

Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 2002
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 10

Final Competition Score

Order of announcements

Contestants

75 contestants competed for the title.

Country/Territory Contestant Age[a] Hometown
  Albania Anisa Kospiri 19 Tirana
  Angola Giovana Leite 18 Luanda
  Antigua and Barbuda Aisha Ralph 24
  Aruba Deyanira Frank 23 San Nicolaas
  Australia Sarah Davies 19 Brisbane
  Bahamas Nadia Albury 21 Nassau
  Belgium Ann Van Elsen 22 Mol
  Bolivia Paola Coimbra 21 Santa Cruz
  Brazil Joseane Oliveira 20 Canoas
  British Virgin Islands Anestasia Tonge 18 Tortola
  Bulgaria Elina Georgieva 19 Sofia
  Canada Neelam Verma 26 Montreal
  Cayman Islands Shannon McLean 24 East End
  Chile Nicole Rencoret 25 Santiago
  China Zhuo Ling 19 Shanghai
  Colombia Vanessa Mendoza 20 Unguía
  Costa Rica Merilyn Villalta 22 Cartago
  Croatia Ivana Paris 18 Pazin
  Curaçao Ayanette Statia 19 Willemstad
  Cyprus Demetra Eleftheriou 19
  Czech Republic Diana Kobzanová[3] 20 Roudná
  Dominican Republic Ruth Ocumárez 20 Santo Domingo
  Ecuador Isabel Ontaneda-Pinto 23 Quito
  Egypt Sally Shaheen 24 Cairo
  El Salvador Elisa Sandoval 22 San Salvador
  Estonia Jana Tafenau 19 Tallinn
  Finland Janette Broman 20 Lieto
  France Sylvie Tellier 20 Nantes
  Germany Natascha Börger 21 Bönningstedt
  Ghana Stephanie Walkins-Fia 22 Accra
  Greece Lena Paparigopoulou 21 Athens
  Guatemala Carina Velasquez 21 Zacapa
  Guyana Mia Rahaman 22
  Honduras Erika Ramirez 18 Atlántida
  Hungary Edit Friedl 23 Budapest
  India Neha Dhupia 21 Delhi
  Ireland Lisa O'Sullivan 20 South Dublin
  Israel Yamit Har-Noy 20 Oranit
  Italy Anna Rigon 23 Vicenza
  Jamaica Sanya Hughes 19 Kingston
  Japan Mina Chiba 24 Tokyo
  Kenya Julie Njeru 19 Laikipia
  Malaysia Karen Lit Eit Ang 25 Kuching
  Mauritius Karen Alexandre 22
  Mexico Ericka Cruz 20 Mérida
  Namibia Michelle Heitha 26 Windhoek
  Netherlands Kim Kötter 19 Losser
  Nicaragua Marianela Lacayo 21 Managua
  Nigeria Chinenye Ochuba 18 Lagos
  Northern Mariana Islands Virginia Gridley 22 Chalan Kanoa
  Norway Hege Hatlo 21 Rogaland
  Panama Justine Pasek 22 Panama City
  Peru Adriana Zubiate 20 Callao
  Philippines Karen Loren Agustín 19 Manila
  Poland Joanna Dozdrowska 23 Szczecin
  Portugal Iva Lamarao 19 Ovar
  Puerto Rico Isis Casalduc 21 Utuado
  Russia Oxana Fedorova 24 Saint Petersburg
  Singapore Nuraliza Osman 25 Singapore
  Slovakia Eva Džodlová 19 Prešov
  Slovenia Iris Mulej 20 Kranj
  South Africa Vanessa Carreira 22 Boksburg
  South Korea Kim Min-kyoung 20
  Spain Vania Millan 24 Almería
  Sweden Malou Hansson 19 Järfälla
  Switzerland Jennifer Ann Gerber 20 Aargau
  Thailand Janjira Janchome 19 Phitsanulok
  Trinidad and Tobago Nasma Mohammed 23 Princes Town
  Turkey Çağla Kubat 23 İzmir
  Ukraine Liliana Gorova 20 Kyiv
  United States Shauntay Hinton 23 Washington, D.C.
  Uruguay Fiorella Fleitas 20 Canelones
  US Virgin Islands Merlisa Rhonda George 26 Saint Croix
  Venezuela Cynthia Lander 19 Caracas
  Yugoslavia Slađana Božović 21 Kragujevac
 
Original winner Oxana Fedorova of Russia who was later dethroned
 
Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico
 
Countries and territories which sent delegates and results for Miss Universe 2002

Notes

  1. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant

Debut

Returns

Replacements

  •   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.[4][5]

Withdrawals

Other countries with Miss Universe licence that didn't send delegates that year:

Awards

Other notes

  • 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.[citation needed]
  • 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.[citation needed]

General references

  • West, Donald (ed.). "Miss Universe 2002". pageantopolis.com. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)

References

  1. ^ "Deposed Miss Couldn't Give The Time". CBS News. September 23, 2002. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  2. ^ "New Miss Universe Crowned". CNN. September 24, 2002. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Třináctá Miss soutěžila s třináctkou". iDNES (in Czech). September 13, 2002. Retrieved June 3, 2022.
  4. ^ "Los padres de Lorena Van Heerde denuncian a la organización de Miss España por impago". HOLA USA. April 5, 2002.
  5. ^ "Lorena Van Heerde: 'Aunque habían enviado mi documentación a Miss Universo, sabían que no pensaba ir'". HOLA USA. April 11, 2002.
  6. ^ "Concursos de Diciembre 2002". Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2017.