Miss Venezuela (Spanish: Organización Miss Venezuela) is a Venezuelan beauty pageant operated by the Cisneros Group. Founded in 1952, it currently selects Venezuelan representatives to Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss International.[1][2][3] The current national director of Miss Venezuela is Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler.

Miss Venezuela
TypeWomen's beauty pageant
Franchise holderCisneros Group
Country representedVenezuela
Qualifies for
First edition1952
Most recent edition2023
Current titleholderIleana Márquez
Executive Committee
Gustavo Cisneros
Adriana Cisneros
The 57th Miss Universe titleholder, Dayana Mendoza in 2008.

The current Miss Venezuela is Ileana Márquez of Amazonas who was crowned on 7 December 2023 at the Centro Comercial Líder in Caracas, Venezuela.


Manuela Victoria Mujica Antich from Lara, Miss Venezuela 1905, the first titleholder

On 7 May 1905, Manuela Victoria Mujica Antich of Lara, was elected by popular vote as Miss Venezuela.  Many authors and scholars in the history of the Miss Venezuela contest consider her as the first Miss Venezuela ever, and its vote as a precursor of the pageant that it is currently known.[4]

Miss Venezuela (1952 - 1981)

The Miss Venezuela pageant was officially founded in 1952 by Pan Am and businesswoman Gloria Sánchez, with the purpose of sending a Venezuelan representative to the Miss Universe pageant in Long Beach, California.

The speed with which the contestants were chosen for that first contest would characterize its first editions, in which parades with different outfits were held over the course of a week or more in different locations in the country. Due to protests by religious organizations at the time, the swimsuit parades were held in private, for jurors only. Eventually, representatives to Miss World (since 1955) and Miss International (since 1960) would also begin to be elected.

After a first interruption in 1954 during the Marcos Pérez Jiménez dictatorship, Pan Am ceded the rights to the contest in 1955 to Venezuelan journalist and musicologist, Reinaldo Espinoza Hernández.

Hernández, who despite the triumph of Susana Duijm in Miss World 1955 (first Hispanic American to win at one of the Big Four international beauty pageants), faced protests by the Venezuelan Catholic Church and feminist movements, which added to the lack of interest by the press of the time. In addition, a second interruption in 1959 caused by the 1958 Venezuelan coup d'état, led to the sale of the contest to Edwin E. Acosta-Rubio, a Cuban-Venezuelan businessman in 1962.[5]

Business-minded, Acosta-Rubio immediately changed the format of the competition. Turning the semi-improvised tourist pageant into an organized annual institution. In order to choose the contestants with professional and responsible criteria, Acosta-Rubio created the so-called Venezuelan Beauty Committee. Developed the publicity projection of the event and broadcast it for the first time on television in 1962, through the RCTV network, began to charge for tickets for the finals. With all these changes accomplished in the late 1960s, the Miss Venezuela contest began to be a favorite and traditional reference among Venezuelans, in the Venezuelan popular culture and more importantly, for Acosta-Rubio, as a profitable and appreciated business.

In 1968, the swimsuit and evening gown portions of the show were broadcast on television for the first time. Although it was not of great importance at the moment, Osmel Sousa began to work in those years as a graphic and fashion designer for the contest.

In 1969, Ignacio Font Coll, brother-in-law of Edwin Acosta-Rubio, who was the creator and president of OPPA Publicidad, appointed him as director of the current Miss Venezuela Organization.

Already in the 1960s, the Acosta-Rubio Organization had begun to obtain excellent results with Mercedes Revenga as first runner-up at the Miss Beauty Form 1964 contest and later on reaching the top 15 at Miss Universe 1964. The choice of Mariela Pérez and Peggy Kopp as first and third runners-up at Miss Universe 1967 and Miss Universe 1968, respectively. Adriana López with the Miss Planet Resort 1967 won, Judith Castillo, being first runner-up at Miss Universe 1976, and Zully Guilarte winning the 1968 Miss Tourism of Central America and the Caribbean pageant. Maritza Sayalero won Miss Universe 1979, being the first edition of Miss Universe to be televised in color in Venezuela. With her win, began what is considered the 'Golden age of Miss Venezuela'.

Since 1972, the Cisneros Organization acquired the rights to start producing and broadcasting the beauty contest on its channel, Venevisión. María Antonieta Cámpoli, Miss Venezuela 1972 at Miss Universe 1972 was second runner-up, and later at Miss Intercontinental 1974, María Emilia de los Ríos of Bolívar state.[6]

Miss Venezuela Organization (1981 -)

In 1981, Irene Sáez won Miss Universe 1981, Pilín León won Miss World 1981, in addition to the death of Coll. Finally, in 1982, the Cisneros Group was placed at the helm of the beauty contest and the Miss Venezuela Organization was officially structured. After this, in February 1982, Cisneros and Acosta-Rubio appointed Osmel Sousa (a long time-worker at the empress) as Coll's successor, taking the charge of President. Besides, Joaquín Riviera, María Kallay and Mery Cortez, were appointed as official producer, coordinator and choreographer of the event, respectively.

Starting in 1984, the crowns used in the organization's pageants were made by jewelry designer, George Wittels. Until July 2018, Wittels was in charge of making the goldsmith pieces for the contest. George was succeeded by Mila Toledo, Miss Federal District in 1980.

In 1996, the beauty pageant launched its website, missvenezuela.com. Also, in the same year, the Mister Venezuela competition was founded, as well as, Miss Venezuela Mundo in 2000. In both cases, at the request of the Miss World Organization

In 2009, Venezuela achieved the Guinness Record for being the first and so far only representation in Miss Universe to be crowned by another winner from the same nation.

In 2010, the pageant acquired the Miss Earth franchise, which it maintained until 2015, obtaining Alyz Henrich a second crown for this contest as Miss Earth 2013.

Joaquín Riviera, Miss Venezuela executive producer, would be in charge of the event until his death in 2012. After María Kallay's death in 2013, the production of the event was realized by Peggy Navarro, Ricardo Di Salvatore, Vicente Alvarado and Erick Simonato, who were part of the original production team along with Riviera as General Producer. In 2015, Peggy left office, leaving three managers, who to date are still part of the Miss Venezuela Organization.

In 2016, Mery Cortez, announced her departure from the contest and from Venevisión network, after almost 45 years as the choreographic producer of the contest.

On 6 February 2018, Osmel Sousa, announced his retirement as President of the Miss Venezuela Organization, after being in charge of the contest for more than 40 years, leaving the presidency vacant.

On 17 April 2018, the organization announced that the contest would it be run by an executive committee, not a president.[7] The next day, the committee members were announced: Gabriela Isler, Miss Universe 2013Jacqueline Aguilera, Miss World 1995 and Nina Sicilia, Miss International 1985.[8]

Contestant selection

List of state titles

There is an unofficial formula to determine the states and regions represented in Venezuela. The base number of contestants over the last decade has been 26–28, which can be increased or decreased by the contest management.[citation needed]

Official states (23)

  * Denotes that state has a preliminary pageant – which may or may not still be held – as of 2005 only Táchira, Zulia-Falcón, Lara, Aragua and Sucre held preliminaries.

Official regions (3)

Together, these 26 regions form the "base" of the Miss Venezuela contest. However, at times other regions and territories have been represented. If there are 27 sashes, the 27th candidate is Miss Peninsula Goajira. If there are 28 sashes, either Canaima (a national park in Bolivar state) or Peninsula de Paraguaná (a region of Falcon state) is represented. In 2003, additional titles of Península de Araya (a region of Sucre State) and Roraima (a national park in Bolivar State) were created to bring the pageant to its highest ever number of contestants: 32. Surprisingly, in 2008 Península de Araya was used again, and there was no Miss Península Goajira or Miss Costa Oriental that year. In the mid-1990s, the districts of Municipio Libertador and Municipio San Francisco were also represented, the last one only in 1997 and 1998. Also, only in 2003, Guayana Esequiba (part of Guyana that historically Venezuela claims as its own) was represented. Vargas State, the most recent modification to Venezuela's map (1999) was always present in the pageant, but with other names: Departamento Vargas (until 1986), Municipio Vargas (1987 to 1997), Territorio Federal Vargas (1998), and Vargas State since 1999. In 2009, only 20 delegates competed for the crown, the same number that competed on the final night in 2003, so some "traditional" states didn't have a representative.

Winners by state/region

State Number Years
Guárico 9
Capital District 7
Lara 4
Nueva Esparta
La Guaira
Amazonas 3
Delta Amacuro
Portuguesa 2
Costa Oriental
Región Andina 1 2021
Táchira 1997
Yaracuy 1995
Anzoátegui 1962
Caracas 1961
Venezuelan representation

Venezuela's international titleholders represented the following states during their Miss Venezuela competition (indicates year of international victory):

Main pageant


There are Miss Venezuela schools and "beauty factories" in which girls as young as 5 years old are trained to be the next potential Miss Venezuela. At both the schools and factories the young girls and women are taught how to walk properly, given beauty tips, and given lessons in proper etiquette.

Once a candidate is shortlisted for the pageant, she begins an intensive training program which can last for six months. She receives coaching in speech, physical fitness, make-up, modelling, and all the other skills required for the competition. Plastic surgery and cosmetic dentistry are optional, and some delegates elect to use padding. As the Miss Venezuela broadcast lasts up to four hours long, with countless musical numbers and dances, rehearsals require weeks of preparation. Contestants also participate in official photo-shoots and also fittings by fashion designers.

The evening gowns worn by candidates are a major source of politicking by Venezuela's domestic fashion houses, with top designers such as Mayela Camacho, Ángel Sanchez, Durant & Diego, Jose María Almeida, and Gionni Straccia selecting candidates that they will dress for the final night, while other, newer designers compete to present designs for the pageant.[citation needed] As a general rule the evening gowns are always custom-designed for each of the candidates on the final night, and always by a Venezuelan designer. By tradition, Nidal Nouaihed dresses the representatives of his home state of Zulia (Miss Costa Oriental, Miss Peninsula Goajira, Miss Zulia); Ángel Sanchez designs the gown for Miss Trujillo; Jose María Almeida designs the dress for Miss Mérida and the national costume for Miss Venezuela to Miss Universe. In 1999, 26 different designers took part in the evening gown competition, one candidate for each one. Also, in 2006, for the first time ever, the designers appeared on stage with the delegates, showing their fabulous creations. For the first time, in 2008, a "best evening gown" prize was given to a designer; the winner was Gionni Straccia for Miss Monagas' dress. He also made the gown for Dayana Mendoza in the Miss Universe finals.

The winners chosen to represent Venezuela in the major pageants undergo continuous preparation before they compete internationally. These efforts are funded by corporate sponsors like Pepsi-Cola, Palmolive, Colgate, Ebel and Lux who were attracted to the pageant by its high ratings.

Participation in international pageants

As of 2024, Venezuela has a total of 24 wins at Big Four international beauty pageants, the most by any country in the world, and consisting of seven Miss Universe titles, six Miss World titles, nine Miss International titles, and two Miss Earth titles.[9]

Miss Venezuela reached the semifinals of Miss Universe each year from 1983 to 2003, and reached the question-and-answer round consistently from 1991 to 2003 (winning in 1986 and 1996), constituting the longest streak of Miss Universe finalists by any country. This streak was ended in 2004, when Ana Karina Áñez was not included in the semifinals at Miss Universe 2004. Venezuela has also held Miss Universe and Miss World titles simultaneously in 1981 (Irene Saez and Pilin Leon), and Miss Universe and Miss Earth titles simultaneously in 2013 (Gabriela Isler and Alyz Henrich). Henrich's Miss Earth victory made Venezuela the only country in the world to have won each of the Big Four pageants multiple times.[10] Venezuela also holds the distinction of being the first, and so far only, country to win back-to-back Miss Universe titles when Dayana Mendoza, outgoing Miss Universe 2008, crowned Stefania Fernandez as Miss Universe 2009.[11]

Success in other fields

Alexandra Braun, Miss Earth 2005

Competing in the pageant can get a contestant noticed and launched on a successful television or print career. At least a dozen well-sought models come out of the pageant. Virtually all of Venezuela's female top models and television personalities are alumni of the pageant, including Maite Delgado (who competed in 1986 against future Miss Universe Bárbara Palacios and became the primary annual emcee of Miss Venezuela's live shows in recent decades), and Dominika van Santen (Top Model of the World 2005).[12][13] In fact, only Gaby Espino and several other entertainment figures stand out as never having competed in the pageant. Many of today's top young models, such as Onelises Brochero and Wendy Medina, have repeatedly been rejected by Miss Venezuela; on the other hand, Goizeder Azua and Desiree Pallotta, who have variously been considered the top domestic supermodels in the country, joined the pageant after establishing their careers.

Nowadays, familiar faces on Spanish TV networks around the world, from Venezuela, include Ruddy Rodríguez, Catherine Fulop, Carolina Perpetuo, Norkys Batista, Daniela Kosán, Viviana Gibelli, Marjorie de Sousa, Chiquinquirá Delgado, Alicia Machado and Natalia Streignard. Two of the Latin world's best known people, supermodel Patricia Velásquez and singer/actress María Conchita Alonso, also participated, in 1989 and 1975, respectively.

Miss Universe 1981, Irene Sáez, became mayor of Chacao (Caracas), governor of Nueva Esparta State, and then a candidate in the 1998 Venezuelan presidential election. The Times of London ranked her 13th in its list of the 100 most powerful women in the world.[citation needed]

Alexandra Braun, Miss Earth 2005 became the most decorated international actress from Venezuela with the most acting awards when she won four international best actress awards in various film festivals all over the world for her portrayal of the lead role in the movie, "Uma" at the London Film Festival, Monaco International Film Festival, the Milan International Film Festival and the Georgia Latino Film Festival in Atlanta; the film also won recognition in the "Film of the World" category at the International Film Festival of India[14] and won best foreign film at the Burbank International Film Festival in the United States.[15]

Miss Venezuela and other countries

Some delegates in the pageant went on to win other national pageants. Natascha Börger became the first Venezuelan to switch countries, when she won the Miss Germany title in 2002 after placing 14th at Miss Venezuela 2000. She went on to place in the Top 10 at Miss Universe 2002 in Puerto Rico while Cynthia Lander, Miss Venezuela 2001, placed fifth in the same competition. Miss Trujillo 2005 Angelika Hernandez Dorendorf also placed fourth at Miss Germany 2007 and cancelled her participation at the Miss Intercontinental of that same year in order to continue her master's degree. In 2006, Francys Sudnicka, who placed in the Top 10 representing Trujillo in Miss Venezuela 2003, won the Miss Poland Universe title. She represented Poland at Miss Universe 2006, and later represented Poland in Miss Earth 2006, taking a place in the Top 8. The following Venezuelans who have won the Miss Italia nel Mondo (Miss World Italy) pageant placed in the final five of Miss Venezuela: Barbara Clara (Miss Amazonas 2004), Valentina Patruno (Miss Miranda 2003) and Silvana Santaella (Miss Península de Paraguaná 2003). Patruno, though born Venezuelan, represented the United States.

In the past, other countries have sent their titleholders to be trained by Osmel Sousa and the Miss Venezuela Organization. In 1999, Miriam Quiambao of the Philippines trained in Venezuela before competing at Miss Universe 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago and eventually placing second to Botswana, while Carolina Indriago, Miss Venezuela 1998, appeared in the Top 5. The Miss Venezuela Organization, however, ended its policy allowing training of foreign candidates after Amelia Vega of the Dominican Republic received training from them before eventually winning Miss Universe 2003 in Panama, while Mariangel Ruiz, Miss Venezuela 2002, placed second behind her.

In recent years the pageant organization has begun to "import" expatriates who have been working as international models. Miami has produced Valentina Patruno (Miss World Venezuela 2003), Andrea Gómez (Miss International Venezuela 2004), Mónica Spear (Miss Venezuela 2004 and 4th runner-up at Miss Universe 2005), Ileana Jiménez (Miss Portuguesa 2005), and María Alessandra Villegas (Miss Península de Paraguaná 2008).

Order of succession

Miss Venezuela 2007 winners, in the center Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008

There has been considerable controversy in a number of major national pageants as to how to direct their contestants to Miss Universe, Miss World, and the other international contests. The reason for this issue is the dispute between the international pageants, who generally desire that the winner of a national contest be sent. Although many nations such as Italy and Germany have completely separate pageants for Miss Universe and Miss World, in the case of Miss Venezuela the national pageant organization must field candidates to almost all of the major world contests.

Stefanía Fernández, Miss Venezuela 2008 and Miss Universe 2009

Between 2000 and 2002, the Miss Venezuela pageant was split into two contests: the Miss World Venezuela pageant, to elect the representative to Miss World, from which a reduced group of contestants would go on to compete in Miss Venezuela to go to the Miss Universe contest. In 2002, the organization merged the Miss World Venezuela contest with the Gala de Belleza, making the final "state cut" before the election of the Miss World representative. The two pageants were rejoined in 2003. Using the most prominent format used in Miss Venezuela's entire run, the winners of the Miss Venezuela title (who goes to Miss Universe) and Miss World Venezuela are equal in rank. Nevertheless, the representative to Miss Universe is still announced last, and she is still considered the holder of the one single Miss Venezuela title. Nowadays, the final five finalists are announced during the telecast, followed by the elimination of the second and first runners-up, then Miss Venezuela to Miss International, Miss Venezuela to Miss World, and Miss Venezuela to Miss Universe. Since 2010, yet another new system has been introduced, with the fifth-place finisher as the 1st. runner-up, fourth place being designated as a "representative" to Miss Earth, the third place as a "representative" to Miss International and two 'equal' crowned winners—Miss Venezuela World and Miss Venezuela Universe.

While this system is similar to that of Mexico and India, in Mexico the first runner-up is known as the "substitute" and in the order of succession automatically fills into any title above her that is emptied. For example, if "Nuestra Belleza Mexico Mundo" (Miss Mexico to Miss World) is unable to fulfill her duties, the first runner-up assumes her title. While the Miss Universe representative is similarly considered the "greater of the two equals", if her position is vacated, the first runner-up ascends to her crown, instead of Miss Mexico-World becoming Miss Mexico-Universe and the first runner-up going to Miss World. In India, however, the succession does follow the other option: the top three titles go Earth->Universe->World in rising order of importance (although they are also emphasized as "equals").

Milka Chulina, Miss Venezuela 1992 and 2nd runner up in Miss Universe 1993

In Venezuela, neither policy of succession is explicitly laid down. Osmel Sousa made the final decisions as to who is appointed when a vacancy arises; i.e. in 2003, there were significant rumors that Mariangel Ruiz might be replaced by Amara Barroeta, the first runner-up, to Miss Universe (and not Goizeder Azua, who was Miss World Venezuela). In fact, in 2003, the Miss International Pageant was concurrent with Miss Venezuela, meaning that it would be impossible to send a "fresh" contestant, and Osmel actually opted not to send Amara, who should have gone (as the first runner-up then was almost always automatically titled Miss Venezuela International) and instead replaced her with Goizeder Azua, who won Miss International 2003. Due to scheduling conflicts between Miss International and Miss Venezuela, a similar situation occurred in 2002 when Cynthia Lander, Miss Venezuela (Universe), gave up her crown to the next Miss Venezuela and immediately boarded a flight for Japan to participate in Miss International. The reasoning was that her first runner-up had already participated the year before, and it would have been ridiculous to crown a Miss Venezuela (International) and immediately send her on a plane to her contest with no specific preparation whatsoever. Incidentally in 2006 the Miss World pageant shifted its pageant date from its usual November–December timeframe to September when the organization announced Poland as the competition venue. Due to the change in dates; it resulted to a timing conflict with the Miss Venezuela pageant. The Miss Venezuela organization decided to hold a snap pageant called "Miss Venezuela Mundo" to elect a representative for Miss World 2006. The said competition was composed of former Miss Venezuela contestants from previous editions. At the end of the night Federica Guzman who represented the state of Miranda in 2001 was the winner. Thus, all four winners, Miss Earth Venezuela, Miss Venezuela International, Miss Venezuela World and Miss Venezuela Universe now compete in the year after their coronation.

Ironically, the only time in the "modern" pageant that the famous "if the winner should not fulfill her duties, the first runner-up will take over" statement was made for Miss Venezuela was in 1999. The decision was made to send whoever won to Miss World first, and then to Miss Universe if she did not win. This policy was adopted after the consecutive eliminations of Christina Dieckmann and Veronica Schneider in 1997 and 1998, both of whom were considered amongst the strongest Miss World Venezuelas in history and whose eliminations were seen by the organization as a signal that it needed to send its winner to Miss World. Therefore, in 1999, there were no Miss World Venezuela or Miss Venezuela International titles, only an official Miss Venezuela, who was Martina Thorogood. Her first runner-up, Norkys Batista, was told that she would become Miss Venezuela to Miss Universe only if Martina won the Miss World crown outright. Martina came in second at Miss World and she was expected continue on to Miss Universe 2000 the next year. However, due to a number of major controversies, she was barred from Miss Universe 2000 on the grounds that as the first runner-up to Miss World, Osmel also declared that Miss Universe demanded a winner from Venezuela, thereby barring Norkys Batista from succeeding to the title. The only option for Norkys to go was for Martina to renounce the Miss Venezuela title, which neither she or the organization was willing to do. Therefore, a new emergency (and temporary) pageant was held, called Miss Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which was conducted among ten former contestants (some semi-finalists and other non-finalists) from the previous five years. The winner, Claudia Moreno, had placed as seventh in the semi-finals behind Martina and Norkys in Miss Venezuela 1999, and she ended up performing excellently and becoming first runner-up to Miss Universe 2000. In years to come, 2002's first runner-up Amara Barroeta would join Norkys Batista as one of several runners-ups to be "denied" the chance to compete at a "big three" pageant.

In the US and many other countries, an occasion when the order of succession comes into play is when the reigning titleholder wins her international contest, e.g. in 1997 when Brook Mahealani Lee became Miss Universe and her first runner-up Brandi Sherwood became Miss USA. However, Venezuela does not have this official provision, even when the two "equal" winners both win Miss Universe and Miss World. In 1981, Miriam Quintana was considered somewhat unofficially as the serving Miss Venezuela, because both Irene Saez and Pilin Leon had won their respective pageants. However, in 1995–1996, when Alicia Machado took the Miss Universe title and Jacqueline Aguilera the Miss World crown, no new "Miss Venezuela" was appointed to hold the crown while they reigned internationally, though some newspapers said that Carla Steinkopf, Miss International Venezuela 1995, would give the crown to the 1996 winner. In general, all the times Venezuela has won the Miss Universe Pageant, it's Miss Universe herself who returns to crown the new Miss Venezuela, not Miss World Venezuela from the previous year or another finalist. Since 2013, the Miss World delegate is no longer crowned at the Miss Venezuela final but is crowned in a separate Miss Venezuela World pageant, and competes in the same year of her coronation. In 2014, Maira Alexandra Rodriguez was crowned as Miss Earth Venezuela to compete in the 2015 edition, but due to the destitution of her predecessor, Stephanie de Zorzi, she was sent to Miss Earth 2014, in which she ended as Miss Water (2nd runner-up).

From 2015 onwards, Miss Earth Venezuela will compete in the same year of her coronation. In 2017, the announcing was made as it was years before: Top 5 consisting of 2nd and 1st runners-up, then Miss Venezuela International, Miss World Venezuela and Miss Venezuela Universe, all three competing in 2018. This avoids the rumors of major pageants not allowing contestants to participate if they weren't in their current reign year. However, in 2018, Osmel's resignation coincided with the same year Miss Venezuela sent their winner, Isabella Rodríguez, to Miss World. As a result, since 2019, the organization switched to a separate Miss World Venezuela national pageant while retaining the Miss Universe and Miss International national titles under the main Miss Venezuela pageant for all succeeding candidates.



Esther Pineda, a Venezuelan women's studies expert, stated that the popularity of Miss Venezuela and other pageants in Venezuela reveals how the country is "deeply sexist". Despite controversies facing Miss Venezuela, the Me Too movement has not carried any significance in Venezuela. According to Pineda, in Venezuela "[p]hysical beauty is seen as a value. ... And it's given more importance than any other attribute".[3]

External videos
  The strict beauty standards Venezuelan women experience, resulting in insecurity and surgeries on YouTube

Sexual exploitation

Miss Venezuela contestants are often subject to prostitution and sexual exploitation. Young contestants are passed to powerful individuals in Venezuelan society for sexual favors. In a poverty-filled country, vulnerable women turn to wealthy individuals for funds. With participation often costing tens of thousands of United States dollars, these participants perform sexual favors for their wardrobe, cosmetic surgery, photo shoots and for sponsorships in order to "create the illusion of 'perfect' beauty" that is held in esteem in Venezuelan culture. Some contestants allegedly involved in such acts include Miss Venezuela 1989 participant Patricia Velásquez and Miss Venezuela 2006 runner-up Claudia Suárez.[16][17][18][19][20][21]

Recent titleholders

The following women have been recently crowned Miss Venezuela:[22]

Year State Titleholder Venue Date Placement
2023 Amazonas Ileana Márquez Centro Comercial Líder, Caracas 7 December 2023 (2023-12-07) TBA
2022 Distrito Capital Diana Silva Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas 16 November 2022 (2022-11-16) Top 10 in Miss Universe 2023
2021 Región Andina Amanda Dudamel Venevisión, Caracas 28 October 2021 (2021-10-28) 1st Runner-Up in Miss Universe 2022
2020 Zulia Mariángel Villasmil Venevisión, Caracas 24 September 2020 (2020-09-24) Unplaced in Miss Universe 2020
2019 Delta Amacuro Thalía Olvino Venevisión, Caracas 1 August 2019 (2019-08-01) Top 20 in Miss Universe 2019
Winners gallery

Big Four pageants winners

Number of wins at major beauty pageants

Current franchises
Pageant Titles Winning year(s)
Miss Universe 7 1979, 1981, 1986, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2013
Miss World 6 1955, 1981, 1984, 1991, 1995, 2011
Miss International 9 1985, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2015, 2018, 2023
Miss Earth 2 2005, 2013

A girl wishing to compete in the pageant starts at either the local level, if a regional contest is held in her state, or goes directly to the pageant's headquarters in Caracas. Regional contests generally select three to six candidates (except for the massive Miss Centroccidental pageant, which covers six to seven midwestern states) who will likely represent the state or one nearby: i.e. a candidate who is a finalist for Miss Carabobo will usually expect to represent Carabobo or a neighboring state such as Yaracuy in the final pageant.

Thousands of entrants apply for the pageant each year. Some young women would try for up to five or six years consecutively trying to get one of the 24 to 32 titles that will enable them to compete in the final pageant. Venezuela's 23 states, capital district, islands and the Costa Oriental region of Zulia State are almost always represented; some years other regions of the country will have representatives in the pageant. Although some major states and regions such as Zulia, Táchira, Lara, Bolivar and Carabobo will hold their own preliminaries, many of the states are assigned by geographical proximity or even random drawing to the final contestants. There is therefore considerably less emphasis on state titles than there is in other national pageants such as Miss USA, although certain areas such as Miranda, Nueva Esparta, Capital District, Guarico, Vargas and Carabobo always seem to achieve high results.

Osmel Sousa, former president of the pageant, always sat on the selection panel regardless of whether it was a final regional contest or the direct "auditions", and it was not uncommon for him to overturn the entire regional results in favor of his own choices. For example, none of the candidates in 2004 for Vargas state were deemed fit for competition, so a candidate from Caracas was appointed Miss Vargas. Winners therefore have often never visited the state they represent. In this fashion, rather than waste five or six candidates from a strong area of the country such as Zulia in a system wherein only one can represent the state, the pageant distributes "spare states" to them so all have an opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities in the final night. Traditionally, strong candidates have been pulled from Caracas, Zulia and Carabobo states, although they can come from all over the country; e.g. in 2003 the Miss Centroccidental pageant sent seven candidates to the pageant, while in 2005 only one proceeded to the finals. In 2000, the casting made in Zulia State (called Miss Venezuela Zulia at that time) sent 7 girls to that year's finals.

The pageant reserves the right to remove any candidate that is deemed not to be performing up to standard, so there is no guarantee that a contestant may participate in the final night of competition. However, such decisions are usually made before the delegates are convened and the various state sashes are handed out. The pageant keeps a "reserve" pool of willing candidates always available to replace any last minute rejected contestant. Many aspirants will also make it into the final 50 or 60, only to be eliminated from the final roster of 26–32 contestants. Such eliminations have no real bearing on how well the contestant will do in the future. Mariangel Ruiz, Miss Venezuela 2002, did not place into the final 120 in 1998; Barbara Clara, second runner-up in 2004, had previously tried for the pageant three times before winning a title at the last minute in 2004.

Reentry into the final pageant is rare, although the rules are arbitrary and not as restrictive as those in other countries. Only one contestant has ever participated in the official Miss Venezuela pageant twice: Maria Fernanda Leon, who represented Guárico in 1999 and Portuguesa in 2002, making the top 10 in her second attempt. Aida Yespica competed in Miss Venezuela World 2001 but withdrew before being assigned a state for the final pageant her year; she returned in Miss Venezuela 2002 for Amazonas state. The majority of the contestants in 2000 and 2001 competed in both the Miss Venezuela World and Miss Venezuela contests of their respective years; they were assigned numbers for the Miss World preliminary, with the most desirable contestants being allowed to proceed to the final Miss Venezuela pageant with state titles. The ten contestants for Miss Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (Miss Venezuela for Miss Universe 2000) and the six for Miss Venezuela Mundo 2006 (Miss Venezuela for Miss World 2006) were "recycled" from previous years. This situation was expected to be repeated during the 2007 pageant, in which some contestants were expected to compete again, though it didn't happen.

Big Four pageants representatives

The following women have represented Venezuela in the Big Four international beauty pageants.

Miss Venezuela Universo

Color key
  •   Declared as winner
  •   Ended as runner-up
  •   Ended as top 5/8 qualification
  •   Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   Ended as special awards winner
The winner of Miss Venezuela represents her country at Miss Universe. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent.
Year State Miss Venezuela Placement at Miss Universe Special Awards Notes
2024 Amazonas Ileana del Carmen Márquez Pedroza TBA
  • First mother to win the Miss Venezuela title
2023 Distrito Capital Diana Carolina Silva Francisco Top 10
2022 Región Andina Amanda Dudamel Newman 1st Runner-up
2021 Miranda Luiseth Emiliana Materán Bolaño[23] Top 16
  • Appointed
2020 Zulia Mariángel Villasmil Arteaga Unplaced
2019 Delta Amacuro Lulyana Thalía Olvino Torres Top 20
2018 Delta Amacuro Sthefany Yoharlis Gutiérrez Gutiérrez 2nd Runner-up
  • Last titleholder under the directorship of Osmel Sousa.
2017 Monagas Keysi Mairin Sayago Arrechedera Top 5
2016 Lara Mariam Habach Santucci Unplaced
  • Best National Costume (Top 12)
  • Flawless of the Universe
  • Miss Phoenix
2015 Guárico Mariana Coromoto Jiménez Martínez Top 10
2014 Costa Oriental Migbelis Lynette Castellanos Romero Top 10
2013 Guárico María Gabriela de Jesús Isler Morales Miss Universe 2013
2012 Sucre Irene Sofía Esser Quintero 2nd Runner-up
2011 Miranda Vanessa Andrea Gonçalves Gómez Top 16
  • Best National Costume (3rd Runner-up)
2010 Miranda Marelisa Gibson Villegas Unplaced
2009 Trujillo Stefanía Fernández Krupij Miss Universe 2009
2008 Amazonas Dayana Sabrina Mendoza Moncada Miss Universe 2008
  • Charming Áo dài (Winner)
2007 Guárico Lidymar Carolina Jonaitis Escalona 2nd Runner-up
2006 Sucre Jictzad Nakarhyt Viña Carreño Unplaced
2005 Guárico Mónica Spear Mootz Fernández 4th Runner-up
2004 Lara Ana Karina Áñez Delgado Unplaced
  • Best National Costume (Top 10)
2003 Aragua Mariángel Ruiz Torrealba 1st Runner-up
2002 Distrito Capital Cynthia Cristina Lander Zamora 4th Runner-up
2001 Apure Eva Mónica Anna Ekvall Johnson 3rd Runner-up
2000 Distrito Capital Claudia Cristina Moreno González 1st Runner-up
1999 Delta Amacuro Lucbel Carolina Indriago Pinto Top 5[A]
  • Best National Costume (1st Runner-up)
1998 Táchira Veruzhka Tatiana Ramírez Peña 1st Runner-up
  • Best in Swimsuit
1997 Carabobo Marena Josefina Bencomo Giménez 1st Runner-up
  • Best in Swimsuit
1996 Yaracuy Yoseph Alicia Machado Fajardo Miss Universe 1996
  • Best in Swimsuit
  • Best Style Finesse
1995 Costa Oriental Denyse del Carmen Floreano Camargo Top 6[B]
1994 Apure Minorka Marisela Mercado Carrero 2nd Runner-up
  • Best in Swimsuit
  • Miss Photogenic
1993 Aragua Milka Yelisava Chulina Urbanich 2nd Runner-up
  • Miss Herbal Essences
1992 Amazonas Carolina Eva Izsak Kemenify Top 6[C]
1991 Miranda Jackeline Rodríguez Streffeza Top 6
  • Appointed
1990 Bolívar Andreína Katarina Goetz Blohm Top 10
1989 Lara Eva Lisa Larsdotter Ljung Top 10
1988 Miranda Yajaira Cristina Vera Roldán Top 10
1987 Nueva Esparta Inés María Calero Rodríguez 3rd Runner-up
1986 Trujillo Bárbara Palacios Teyde Miss Universe 1986
1985 Guárico Silvia Cristina Martínez Stapulionis 3rd Runner-up
1984 Zulia Carmen María Montiel Ávila 2nd Runner-up
1983 Portuguesa Paola Laura Ruggeri Ghigo Top 12
1982 Guárico Ana Teresa Oropeza Villavicencio Unplaced
1981 Miranda Irene Lailín Sáez Conde Miss Universe 1981
  • Best National Costume (1st Runner-up)
1980 Lara María Xavier Brandt Angulo † Unplaced
1979 Departamento Vargas Maritza Sayalero Fernández Miss Universe 1979
1978 Guárico Marisol Alfonzo Marcano Unplaced
1977 Departamento Vargas Cristal del Mar Montañez Arocha Top 12
  • Best National Costume (1st Runner-Up)
1976 Nueva Esparta Judith Josefina Castillo Uribe 1st Runner-up
1975 Nueva Esparta Maritza Pineda Montoya Unplaced
1974 Zulia Neyla Chiquinquirá Moronta Sangronis Unplaced
1973 Carabobo Ana Paola Desirée Facchinei Rolando Unplaced
1972 Nueva Esparta María Antonieta Cámpoli Prisco 2nd Runner-up
1971 Monagas Jeanette Amelia de la Coromoto Donzella Sánchez Unplaced
1970 Carabobo Bella Teresa de Jesús La Rosa de la Rosa Top 15
1969 Aragua María José de las Mercedes Yellici Sánchez Unplaced
1968 Distrito Federal Peggy Kopp Arenas 3rd Runner-up
1967 Departamento Vargas Mariela Pérez Branger 1st Runner-up
1966 Guárico Magaly Beatriz Castro Egui Unplaced
1965 Distrito Federal María Auxiliadora De Las Casas McGill † Unplaced
1964 Miranda Sonia Mercedes Revenga De La Rosa Top 15
1963 Guárico Irene Amelia Morales Machado Unplaced
1962 Nueva Esparta Virginia Elizabeth Bailey Lázzari Unplaced
  • Appointed
1961 Caracas Anasaria Griselda Vegas Albornoz Unplaced
1960 Yaracuy Mary Quiroz Delgado Unplaced
  • Appointed
1959 Did not compete
1958 Sucre Ida Margarita Pieri Unplaced
1957 Distrito Federal Consuelo Leticia Nouel Gómez † Unplaced
1956 Distrito Federal Blanca "Blanquita" Heredia Osío Top 15
1955 Miranda Carmen Susana Duijm Zubillaga Top 15
1954 Berta Elena Landaeta Urdaneta Did not compete
1953 Carabobo Gisela Bolaños Scarton † Unplaced
1952 Bolívar Sofía Silva Inserri † Unplaced

Miss Venezuela Mundo

Color key
  •   Declared as winner
  •   Ended as runner-up
  •   Ended as top 5/8 qualification
  •   Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   Ended as special awards winner
In recent years Miss Venezuela Mundo under Miss Venezuela Organization holds a separate contest to select its winner to Miss World pageant.
Year State Miss Venezuela Mundo Placement at Miss World Special Awards
2024 TBA
2023 Cojedes Ariagny Idayari Daboín Ricardo[24] Unplaced
2022 Miss World 2021 was rescheduled to 16 March 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in Puerto Rico, no edition started in 2022
2021 Aragua Alejandra José Conde Licón[25] Top 40
2020 Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, no competition held
2019 Portuguesa María Isabel (Isabella) Rodríguez Guzmán Top 40
2018 Vargas Veruska Betania Ljubisavljević Rodríguez Top 30
2017 Monagas Ana Carolina Ugarte-Pelayo Campos Top 40
2016 Nueva Esparta Diana Macarena Croce García Unplaced
2015 Portuguesa Anyela Galante Salerno Unplaced
2014 Amazonas Debora Sacha Menicucci Anzola Unplaced
2013 Zulia Karen Andrea Soto Lugo Unplaced
2012 Distrito Capital Gabriella Ferrari Peirano Unplaced
2011 Amazonas Ivian Lunasol Sarcos Colmenares Miss World 2011
2010 Zulia Adriana Cristina Vasini Sánchez 2nd Runner-Up
2009 Anzoátegui María Milagros Véliz Pinto Unplaced
2008 Cojedes Hannelly Zulami Quintero Ledezma Top 15
2007 Mérida Claudia Paola Suárez Fernández Top 16
2006 Miranda Alexandra Federica Guzmán Diamante Top 17
2005 Costa Oriental Berliz Susan Carrizo Escandela Unplaced
2004 Trujillo Andrea María Milroy Díaz Unplaced
2003 Miranda Valentina Patruno Macero Top 20
2002 Carabobo Goizeder Victoria Azúa Barríos Top 10
  • Miss Photogenic
2001 Zulia Andreína del Carmen Prieto Rincón Unplaced
2000 Zulia Vanessa María Cárdenas Bravo Unplaced
1999 Miranda Martina Thorogood Heemsen 1st Runner-Up
  • Miss World America
1998 Monagas Veronica Schneider Rodríguez Unplaced
1997 Nueva Esparta Christina Dieckmann Jiménez Unplaced
1996 Nueva Esparta Ana Cepinska Miszczak Top 5[D]
  • Miss Photogenic
1995 Nueva Esparta Jacqueline María Aguilera Marcano Miss World 1995
  • Miss World America
  • Miss Photogenic
1994 Miranda Irene Esther Ferreira Izquierdo 2nd Runner-Up
  • Miss World America
  • Best National Costume
1993 Distrito Federal Mónica Lei Scaccia Top 5[E]
  • Miss World America
1992 Bolívar Francis del Valle Gago Aponte 2nd Runner-Up
  • Miss World America
1991 Zulia Ninibeth Beatriz Leal Jiménez Miss World 1991
  • Miss World America
1990 Costa Oriental Sharon Raquel Luengo González 2nd Runner-Up
  • Miss Photogenic
1989 Distrito Federal Fabiola Chiara Candosin Marchetti Unplaced
1988 Distrito Federal Emma Irmgard Marina Rabbe Ramírez Top 5[F]
  • Miss World America
1987 Portuguesa Albani Josefina Lozada Jiménez 1st Runner-Up
  • Miss World America
1986 Zulia María Begoña Juaristi Mateo Top 7[G]
1985 Anzoátegui Ruddy Rosario Rodríguez de Lucía Top 7[H]
1984 Miranda Astrid Carolina Herrera Irazábal Miss World 1984
  • Miss World America
  • Miss Photogenic
1983 Apure Carolina del Valle Cerruti Duijm Unplaced
1982 Falcón Michelle Marie Shoda Belloso Unplaced
1981 Aragua Carmen Josefina "Pilín" León Crespo Miss World 1981
  • Miss World America
1980 Departamento Vargas Hilda Astrid Abrahamz Navarro Top 15
1979 Barinas Tatiana Capote Abdel Unplaced
1978 Falcón Katty Patricia Tóffoli Andrade Top 15
1977 Distrito Federal Jacqueline van den Branden Unplaced
1976 Lara Maria Genoveva Rivero Giménez Top 15
1975 Distrito Federal María Concepción Alonso Bustillo Top 7[I]
1974 Departamento Vargas Alicia Rivas Serrano Unplaced
1973 Zulia Edicta de los Angeles García Oporto Unplaced
1972 Sucre Amalia del Carmen Heller Gómez Unplaced
1971 Carabobo Ana María Padrón Ibarrondo Top 15
1970 Miranda Tomasa Nina de las Casas Mata Unplaced
1969 Departamento Vargas Marzia Rita Gisela Piazza Suprani 4th Runner-Up
1968 Miranda María Dolores (Cherry) Núñez Rodríguez Unplaced
1967 Bolívar Irene Margarita Böttger González Unplaced
1966 Distrito Federal Jeannette Kopp Arenas Unplaced
1965 Anzoátegui Nancy Elizabeth González Aceituno Unplaced
1964 Portuguesa Mercedes Hernández Nieves † Top 16
1963 Miranda Milagros Galíndez Castillo Unplaced
1962 Aragua Betzabé Franco Blanco Top 15
1961 Aragua Bexi Cecilia Romero Tosta Unplaced
1960 Caracas Miriam Maritza Estévez Acevedo Did not compete
1959 Did not compete
1958 Sucre Ida Margarita Pieri Unplaced
1957 Distrito Federal Consuelo Nouel † Unplaced
1956 Sucre Celsa Drucila Pieri Pérez Unplaced
1955 Miranda Carmen Susana Duijm Zubillaga Miss World 1955
Miss World Venezuela gallery

Miss Venezuela Internacional

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  •   Declared as winner
  •   Ended as runner-up
  •   Ended as top 5/8 qualification
  •   Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   Ended as special awards winner
The 2nd Runner-Up of Miss Venezuela traditionally represented her country at Miss International. In recent years Miss Venezuela selects a runner-up or second position at Miss Venezuela pageant as Miss Venezuela Internacional winner. The winner goes to Miss International.
Year State Miss Venezuela Internacional Placement at Miss International Special awards
2024 Guárico Sakra Del Valle Guerrero Roldán TBA
2023 Portuguesa Andrea Valentina Rubio Armas Miss International 2023
2022 Región Guayana Isbel Cristina Parra Santos[26] Unplaced
Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, no competition held between 2020―2021
2019 Zulia Melissa Ester Jiménez Guevara Top 15
  • Best in Evening Gown
2018 Barinas Mariem Claret Velazco García Miss International 2018
2017 Nueva Esparta Diana Macarena Croce García 2nd Runner-up
2016 Trujillo Jessica María Duarte Volweider Unplaced
2015 Anzoátegui Edymar Martínez Blanco Miss International 2015
  • Miss Perfect Body
2014 Guárico Michelle Marie Bertolini Araque Unplaced
2013 Aragua Nicelín Elián Herrera Vásquez Unplaced
2012 Guárico Blanca Cristina Aljibes Gallardo Top 15
2011 Distrito Capital Jessica Cristina Barboza Schmidt 1st Runner-up
  • Miss Photogenic
2010 Trujillo Ana Elizabeth Mosquera Gómez Miss International 2010
2009 Monagas Laksmi Rodríguez de la Sierra Solórzano Top 15
2008 Carabobo Dayana Carolina Colmenares Bocchieri Top 12
2007 Sucre Vanessa Jacqueline Gómez Peretti Top 15
2006 Barinas Daniela Anette di Giacomo di Giovanni Miss International 2006
  • Best Overall Style
  • Best Figure
2005 Distrito Capital María Andrea Gómez Vásquez Top 12
2004 Costa Oriental Eleidy María Aparicio Serrano Unplaced
2003 Carabobo Goizeder Victoria Azua Barrios Miss International 2003
  • Miss Photogenic
2002 Distrito Capital Cynthia Cristina Lander Zamora Unplaced
2001 Táchira Aura Consuelo Zambrano Alejos 1st Runner-up
2000 Costa Oriental Vivian Ines Urdaneta Rincón Miss International 2000
1999 Vargas Andreína Mercedes Llamozas González Top 15
1998 Aragua Daniela Kosán Montcourt 1st Runner-up
  • Miss Photogenic
1997 Miranda Consuelo Adler Hernández Miss International 1997
  • Miss Photogenic
1996 Costa Oriental Carla Andreína Steinkopf Struve Top 15
1995 Apure Ana Maria Amorer Guerrero 1st Runner-up
1994 Aragua Milka Yelisava Chulina Urbanich Top 15
1993 Yaracuy Rina Faviola Mónica Spitale Baiamonte Top 15
1992 Portuguesa María Eugenia Rodríguez Noguera Top 15
1991 Monagas Niurka Auristela Acevedo Unplaced
1990 Portuguesa Vanessa Cristina Holler Noel Top 15
1989 Nueva Esparta Beatriz Carolina Omaña Trujillo 2nd Runner-up
1988 Peninsula Goajira María Eugenia Duarte Lugo Unplaced
1987 Muncipio Libertador Begoña Victoria García Varas Top 15
  • Best National Costume
1986 Portuguesa Nancy Josefina Gallardo Quiñones Top 15
  • Best National Costume
1985 Monagas Alejandrina "Nina" Sicilia Hernandez Miss International 1985
1984 Nueva Esparta Miriam Leyderman Eppel 1st Runner-up
1983 Miranda Donnatella Bottone Tiranti Unplaced
1982 Amazonas Amaury Martínez Macero Unplaced
1981 Distrito Federal Miriam Quintana Top 15
1980 Amazonas Graciela Lucía Rosanna La Rosa Guarneri Unplaced
1979 Zulia Nilza Josefina Moronta Sangronis Unplaced
1978 Anzoátegui Dora Maria Fueyo Moreno Unplaced
1977 Lara Betty Zulay Paredes Unplaced
1976 Miranda Betzabeth Ayala Morillo Top 15
1975 Carabobo María del Carmen Yamel Díaz Rodríguez † Unplaced
1974 Distrito Federal Marisela Carderera Marturet Unplaced
1973 Táchira Hilda Elvira Carrero García Top 15
1972 Guárico Marilyn Plessmann Martínez Top 15
1971 Monagas Sonia Zaya Ledezma Corvo Unplaced
1970 Departamento Vargas Marzia Rita Gisela Piazza Suprani Unplaced
1969 Miranda Cristina Mercedes Keusch Pérez Top 15
1968 Aragua Jovann Navas Ravelo Unplaced
1967 Mérida Cecilia Picón-Febres Unplaced
1966 Cancelled
1965 Zulia Thamara Josefina Leal Unplaced
1964 Zulia Lisla Vilia Silva Negrón Top 15
1963 Carabobo Norah Luisa Duarte Rojas Unplaced
1962 Anzoátegui Olga Antonetti Núñez Top 15
1961 Distrito Federal Gloria Lilué Chaljub Unplaced
1960 Distrito Federal Gladys Ascanio Arredondo Top 15
Miss International Venezuela gallery

Miss Venezuela Tierra

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  •   Declared as winner
  •   Ended as runner-up or elemental queen
  •   Ended as top 5/8 qualification
  •   Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   Ended as special awards winner
Since its establishment in 2001 Miss Earth Venezuela is chosen by another organization, called Sambil Model Organization. From 2010 to 2015 Miss Earth Venezuela was chosen by the beauty czar Osmel Sousa. In 2010, Miss Venezuela Organization acquired the franchise for Miss Earth Venezuela and the organization declared that Miss Earth, along with Miss Universe and Miss World contests, is one of the three largest beauty pageants in the world in terms of the number of participating countries.[27] The organization conducted a selection process which attended by several former beauty queens and runners up to qualify for participation. Mariángela Bonanni who competed in the Miss Venezuela 2009 (placed as first runner up) representing the state of Táchira, was chosen by the organization to participate in Miss Earth 2010. Since 2016, Venezuela representatives at the Miss Earth are chosen in a separate pageant Miss Earth Venezuela. Although Miss Venezuela Organization is not related to Sambil Model Organization, here are Venezuela's Miss Earth representatives sent by the Sambil Model Organization, Miss Venezuela Organization and Miss Earth Venezuela Organization .
Year State Miss Venezuela Tierra Placement at Miss Earth Special awards
2015 Amazonas Andrea Carolina Rosales Castillejos Top 8
  •   Photogenic Award (Online Voting)
  •   Best National Costume (The Americas)
2014 Amazonas Maira Alexandra Rodríguez Herrera Miss Water (2nd Runner-Up)
  •   Darling of the Press
  •   Cocktail Wear (Group 3)
  •   Best Long Gown (Group 3)
  •   Resort Wear
2013 Falcón Alyz Sabimar Henrich Ocando Miss Earth 2013
  • Best in Long Gown
  • Miss Ever Bilena
  • Hanna's Best in Swimsuit
  • Miss Hanna
  • Miss Psalmstre Advanced Placenta
  • Miss Pontefino
  •   Swimsuit
  • Resorts Wear competition (Top 15)
  •   Most Child Friendly (Group 2)
2012 Yaracuy Osmariel Maholi Villalobos Atencio Miss Water (2nd Runner-Up)
  • Best in Resort Wear
  • Miss Earth Golden Sunset
  • Miss Ever Bilena
  • Miss Hannah's Beach Resort
  •   Swimsuit competition (Group 2)
2011 Aragua Caroline Gabriela Medina Peschiutta Miss Fire (3rd Runner-Up)
  • Best Skin, Best Hair
  • Miss Natural, Miss Personality
2010 Táchira Mariángela Haydée Manuela Bonanni Randazzo Top 7
  • Best in Swimsuit (Top 5)
Sambil Model Organization
2009 Zulia Jessica Cristina Barboza Schmidt Miss Water (2nd Runner-Up)
  • Top 5 Best in Long Gown (Group 1)
  • Top 5 Best in Swimsuit (Group 1)
2008 Táchira María Daniela Torrealba Pacheco Top 8
  • Best in Long Gown
  • Face of Placenta
2007 Distrito Capital Silvana Santaella Arellano Miss Water (2nd Runner-Up)
  • Best in Swimsuit
  • Best in Long Gown
  • Miss Psalmstre Placenta
  • Gandang Ricky Reyes Award
2006 Aragua Marianne Pasqualina Puglia Martinez Miss Fire (3rd Runner-Up)
  • Best in Swimsuit
2005 Distrito Capital Alexandra Braun Waldeck Miss Earth 2005
  • Best in Swimsuit
  • Miss Pond's
2004 Monagas Enid Solsiret Herrera Ramírez Did not compete
2003 Nueva Esparta Driva Ysabella Cedeño Salazar Unplaced
2002 Lara Dagmar Catalina Votterl Peláez Unplaced
2001 Carabobo Lirigmel Gabriela Ramos Salazar Unplaced
Gallery of Miss Earth Venezuela
  1. ^ Based on the Top 5 interview score, Carolina Indriago placed as 3rd Runner-Up in Miss Universe 1999.
  2. ^ Based on the Top 6 interview score, Denyse Floreano placed as 5th Runner-Up in Miss Universe 1995.
  3. ^ Based on the Top 6 interview score, Carolina Izsak placed as 3rd Runner-Up in Miss Universe 1992.
  4. ^ Ana Cepinska, Top 5 in Miss World 1996 was later announced as 4th Runner-Up by the MWO.
  5. ^ Mónica Lei, Top 5 in Miss World 1993 was later announced as 4th Runner-Up by the MWO.
  6. ^ Emma Rabbe, Top 5 in Miss World 1988 was later announced as 3rd Runner-Up by the MWO.
  7. ^ María Begoña Juaristi, Top 7 in Miss World 1986 was later announced as 4th Runner-Up by the MWO.
  8. ^ Ruddy Rodríguez, Top 7 in Miss World 1985 was later announced as 3rd Runner-Up by the MWO.
  9. ^ María Conchita Alonso, Top 7 in Miss World 1975 was later announced as 6th Runner-Up by the MWO.

Big Seven pageants historial

This is a list of Venezuela's representatives and their placements at the Big Seven international beauty pageants.[28] Venezuela, widely considered a beauty pageant powerhouse with an extensive and successful history in beauty pageants, is also referred as the most powerful country in beauty pageants,[29][30] winning multiple times, with a total of 181 placements and 30 victories, counting:

Hundreds of beauty pageants are conducted yearly, but the Big Seven are considered the most prestigious, widely covered and broadcast by media.[31][32] Various news agencies collectively refer to the seven major pageants as "Big Seven" namely: the original Big Four (Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, Miss Earth); the sub-major competitions, aside the Big Four as the Big Six (Miss Supranational and Miss Grand International); and the oldest minor competition (Miss Intercontinental).[33][34]


With Andrea Rubio's win on October 26, 2023 as Miss International 2023 there have been 30 winners from Venezuela in the Big Seven international beauty pageants by a total of 302 titleholders from around the world.

The following table details the placing of the Venezuela's representatives in the Big Seven pageants.

Color key
  •   Declared as winner
  •   Ended as runner-up
  •   Ended as top 5/8 qualification
  •   Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Last edition 72nd Miss Universe 70th Miss World 61st Miss International 51st Miss Intercontinental 23rd Miss Earth 14th Miss Supranational 11th Miss Grand International
Year Miss Universe Miss World Miss International Miss Intercontinental Miss Earth Miss Supranational Miss Grand International
2024 Ileana Márquez
TBA Sakra Guerrero
Georgette Musrie
Karleys Rojas
Rossana Fiorini
2023 Diana Silva
Top 10
Ariagny Daboín Andrea Rubio
Migleth Cuevas
Top 22
Jhosskaren Carrizo
Top 12
Selene Delgado
Top 24
Valentina Martínez
2022 Amanda Dudamel
1st Runner-Up
Cancelled[d] Isbel Parra Emmy Carrero
5th Runner-Up
Oriana Pablos Ismelys Velásquez
4th Runner-Up
Luiseth Materán
3rd Runner-Up
2021 Luiseth Materán
Top 16
Alejandra Conde
Top 40
Cancelled[d] Auri López María Daniela Velasco
Top 8
Valentina Sánchez
3rd Runner-Up
Vanessa Coello
Top 10
2020 Mariángel Villasmil Cancelled[d] Cancelled[d] Stephany Zreik
1st Runner-Up
Cancelled[d] Eliana Roa
2019 Thalía Olvino
Top 20
Isabella Rodríguez
Top 40
Melissa Jiménez
Top 15
Brenda Suárez
Top 20
Michell Castellanos Gabriela de la Cruz
4th Runner-Up
Valentina Figuera
2018 Sthefany Gutiérrez
2nd Runner-Up
Veruska Ljubisavljević
Top 30
Mariem Velazco
Gina Bitorzoli Diana Silva
Top 8
Nariman Battikha
Top 10
Biliannis Álvarez
Top 10
2017 Keysi Sayago
Top 5
Ana Carolina Ugarte
Top 40
Diana Croce
2nd Runner-Up
Maritza Contreras Ninoska Vásquez
Top 8
Geraldine Duque Tulia Alemán
1st Runner-Up
2016 Mariam Habach Diana Croce Jessica Duarte Amal Nemer
4th Runner-Up
Stephanie de Zorzi
2nd Runner-Up
Valeria Vespoli
1st Runner-Up
Débora Medina
Top 21
2015 Mariana Jiménez
Top 10
Anyela Galante Edymar Martínez
Katherine García
3rd Runner-Up
Andrea Rosales
Top 8
Hyser Betancourt Reina Rojas
Top 20
2014 Migbelis Castellanos
Top 10
Debora Menicucci Michelle Bertolini María Alejandra Sanllorente Maira Alexandra Rodríguez
2nd Runner-Up
Patricia Carreño Alix Sosa
Top 20
2013 Gabriela Isler
Karen Soto Elián Herrera Carolina Raben Alyz Henrich
Annie Fuenmayor
Top 20
Mariana Jiménez
Top 10
2012 Irene Esser
2nd Runner-Up
Gabriella Ferrari Blanca Aljibes
Top 15
Daniela Chalbaud
Osmariel Villalobos
2nd Runner-Up
Diamilex Alexander ↑ No pageant held
(established in 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.)
2011 Vanessa Gonçalves
Top 16
Ivian Sarcos
Jessica Barboza
1st Runner-Up
María Eugenia Sánchez Caroline Medina
3rd Runner-Up
Andrea Destongue
2010 Marelisa Gibson Adriana Vasini
2nd Runner-Up
Elizabeth Mosquera
Flory Díez
Top 15
Mariángela Bonanni
Top 7
Laksmi Rodríguez
Top 20
2009 Stefanía Fernández
María Milagros Véliz Laksmi Rodríguez
Top 15
Hannelly Quintero
Jessica Barboza
2nd Runner-Up
Silvia Meneses
2008 Dayana Mendoza
Hannelly Quintero
Top 15
Dayana Colmenares
Top 12
Gabriela Garmendia
Top 5
Daniela Torrealba
Top 8
↑ No pageant held
(established in 2009 in Warsaw, Poland.)
2007 Ly Jonaitis
2nd Runner-Up
Claudia Suárez
Top 16
Vanessa Peretti
Top 12
Iselmar Burgos
Top 16
Silvana Santaella
2nd Runner-Up
2006 Jictzad Viña Federica Guzmán
Top 17
Daniela di Giacomo
Karla Krupij
Top 12
Marianne Puglia
3rd Runner-Up
2005 Mónica Spear
4th Runner-Up
Susan Carrizo Andrea Gómez
Top 12
Emmarys Pinto
Alexandra Bräun
2004 Ana Karina Áñez Andrea Milroy Eleidy Aparicio María Eugenia Hernández Enid Herrera
2003 Mariángel Ruiz
1st Runner-Up
Valentina Patruno
Top 20
Goizeder Azúa
Ana Quintero
1st Runner-Up
Driva Cedeño
2002 Cynthia Lander
4th Runner-Up
Goizeder Azúa
Top 10
Cynthia Lander Aura Zambrano
4th Runner-Up
Dagmar Vötterl
2001 Eva Ekvall
3rd Runner-Up
Andreína Prieto Aura Zambrano
1st Runner-Up
Ligia Petit
Lirigmel Ramos
2000 Claudia Moreno
1st Runner-Up
Vanessa Cárdenas Vivian Urdaneta
Fabiola Borges
2nd Runner-Up
↑ No pageant held
(established in 2001 in Manila, Philippines.)
1999 Carolina Indriago
Top 5
Martina Thorogood
1st Runner-Up
Andreína Llamozas
Top 15
1998 Veruska Ramírez
1st Runner-Up
Verónica Schneider Daniela Kosán
1st Runner-Up
1997 Marena Bencomo
1st Runner-Up
Christina Dieckmann Consuelo Adler
1996 Alicia Machado
Ana Cepinska
Top 5
Carla Steinkopf
Top 15
1995 Denyse Floreano
Top 6
Jacqueline Aguilera
Ana María Amorer
1st Runner-Up
1994 Minorka Mercado
2nd Runner-Up
Irene Ferreira
2nd Runner-Up
Milka Chulina
Top 15
1993 Milka Chulina
2nd Runner-Up
Mónica Lei
Top 5
Faviola Spitale
Top 15
1992 Carolina Izsák
Top 6
Francis Gago
2nd Runner-Up
María Eugenia Rodríguez
Top 15
1991 Jackeline Rodríguez
Top 6
Ninibeth Leal
Niurka Acevedo Dairy Pérez
4th Runner-Up
1990 Andreína Goetz
Top 10
Sharon Luengo
2nd Runner-Up
Vanessa Höller
Top 15
Carolina Durán
1st Runner-Up
1989 Eva Lisa Ljung
Top 10
Fabiola Candosin Carolina Omaña
2nd Runner-Up
Nancy García
1988 Yajaira Vera
Top 10
Emma Rabbe
Top 5
María Eugenia Duarte Cancelled[e]
1987 Inés María Calero
3rd Runner-Up
Albany Lozada
1st Runner-Up
Vicky Garcia
Top 15
1986 Bárbara Palacios
María Begoña Juaristi
Top 7
Nancy Gallardo
Top 15
1985 Silvia Martínez
3rd Runner-Up
Ruddy Rodríguez
Top 7
Nina Sicilia
1984 Carmen María Montiel
2nd Runner-Up
Astrid Carolina Herrera
Miriam Leyderman
1st Runner-Up
1983 Paola Ruggeri
Top 12
Carolina Cerruti Donnatella Bottone Helene Chemaly
Top 12
1982 Ana Teresa Oropeza Michelle Shoda Amaury Martínez Sondra Carpio
Top 12
1981 Irene Sáez
Pilin León
Miriam Quintana
Top 15
Elizabeth Betancourt
1980 Maye Brandt Hilda Abrahamz
Top 15
Graciela La Rosa Eugenia O'Baró
4th Runner-Up
1979 Maritza Sayalero
Tatiana Capote Nilza Moronta Enza Carbone
Top 12
1978 Marisol Alfonzo Patricia Tóffoli
Top 15
Dora Fueyo Rosa del Valle Martínez
Top 14
1977 Cristal Montañez
Top 12
Jacqueline van den Branden Betty Paredes Zulay Hurtado
Top 12
1976 Judith Castillo
1st Runner-Up
María Genoveva Rivero
Top 15
Betzabeth Ayala
Top 15
Lee Anne Goiri
Top 7
1975 Maritza Pineda María Conchita Alonso
Top 7
Yamel Díaz Ingrid Centeno
1st Runner-Up
1974 Neyla Moronta Alicia Rivas Marisela Carderera María Emilia de los Ríos
1973 Desirée Rolando Edicta García Hilda Carrero
Top 15
Ruth Ferrara
Top 7
1972 María Antonieta Cámpoli
2nd Runner-Up
Amalia Heller Marilyn Plessmann
Top 15
↑ No delegate sent
(established in 1971 in Oranjestad, Aruba, secondly in 1985 in Abuja, Nigeria and then it was transferred in 1991 in Berlin, Germany. Venezuela sent their first delegate in 1973.)
1971 Jeannette Donzella Ana María Padrón
Top 15
Sonia Ledezma
1970 Bella La Rosa
Top 15
Tomasita de las Casas Marzia Piazza
1969 María José Yéllici Marzia Piazza
4th Runner-Up
Cristina Keusch
Top 15
1968 Peggy Köpp
3rd Runner-Up
Cherry Núñez Jovann Navas
1967 Mariela Pérez Branger
1st Runner-Up
Irene Böttger Cecilia Picón-Febres
1966 Magaly Castro Jeannette Köpp Cancelled[g]
1965 María De Las Casas Nancy González Thamara Leal
1964 Mercedes Revenga
Top 15
Mercedes Hernández
Top 16
Lisla Silva
Top 15
1963 Irene Morales Milagros Galíndez Norah Luisa Duarte
1962 Virginia Bailey Betzabé Franco
Top 15
Olga Antonetti
Top 15
1961 Ana Griselda Vegas Bexi Romero Gloria Lilué
1960 Mary Quiróz Delgado Miriam Estévez
Gladys Ascanio
Top 15
1959 × × ↑ No pageant held
(established in 1960 in California, United States and then it was transferred in 1968 in Tokyo, Japan.)
1958 Ida Margarita Pieri Ida Margarita Pieri
1957 Consuelo Nouel Consuelo Nouel
1956 Blanca Heredia
Top 15
Celsa Pieri
1955 Susana Duijm
Top 15
Susana Duijm
1954 Berta Landaeta
↑ No delegate sent
(established in 1951 in England, United Kingdom. Venezuela sent their first delegate in 1955.)
1953 Gisela Bolaños
1952 Sofía Silva Inserri
1951 ↑ No pageant held
(established in 1952 in California, United States and then it was transfeed in 1960 in Florida, United States.)

× Did not compete
No pageant held

  • Margarita Island competed in Miss Intercontinental twice. Inés Mujica Díaz placed as Top 12 in 2002 and Emily Fernández ended as 2nd Runner-Up in 2007.


Pageant Entrants Unplacements Placements Best result
Miss Universe 70 23 (1952 • 1953 • 1957 • 1958 • 1960 • 1961 • 1962 • 1963 • 1965 • 1966 • 1969 • 1971 • 1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1978 • 1980 • 1982 • 2004 • 2006 • 2010 • 2016 • 2020) 47 (1955 • 1956 • 1964 • 1967 • 1968 • 1970 • 1972 • 1976 • 1977 • 1979 • 1981 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2005 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2017 • 2018 • 2019 • 2021 • 2022 • 2023) 7 Winners (1979 • 1981 • 1986 • 1996 • 2008 • 2009 • 2013)
Miss World 65 31 (1956 • 1957 • 1958 • 1961 • 1963 • 1965 • 1966 • 1967 • 1968 • 1970 • 1972 • 1973 • 1974 • 1977 • 1979 • 1982 • 1983 • 1989 • 1997 • 1998 • 2000 • 2001 • 2004 • 2005 • 2009 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2023) 34 (1955 • 1962 • 1964 • 1969 • 1971 • 1975 • 1976 • 1978 • 1980 • 1981 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1999 • 2002 • 2003 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2010 • 2011 • 2017 • 2018 • 2019 • 2022) 6 Winners (1955 • 1981 • 1984 • 1991 • 1995 • 2011)
Miss International 61 23 (1961 • 1963 • 1965 • 1967 • 1968 • 1970 • 1971 • 1974 • 1975 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1982 • 1983 • 1988 • 1991 • 2002 • 2004 • 2013 • 2014 • 2016 • 2022) 38 (1960 • 1962 • 1964 • 1969 • 1972 • 1973 • 1976 • 1981 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1989 • 1990 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2003 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2015 • 2017 • 2018 • 2019 • 2023) 9 Winners (1985 • 1997 • 2000 • 2003 • 2006 • 2010 • 2015 • 2018 • 2023)
Miss Intercontinental 36 8 (1981 • 2004 • 2011 • 2013 • 2014 • 2017 • 2018 • 2021) 28 (1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1982 • 1983 • 1990 • 1991 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2012 • 2015 • 2016 • 2019 • 2022 • 2023) 5 Winners (1974 • 2001 • 2005 • 2009 • 2012)
Miss Earth 22 5 (2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2019 • 2022) 17 (2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • 2018 • 2020 • 2021 • 2023) 2 Winners (2005 • 2013)
Miss Supranational 14 6 (2009 • 2011 • 2012 • 2014 • 2015 • 2017) 8 (2010 • 2013 • 2016 • 2018 • 2019 • 2021 • 2022 • 2023) 1st Runner-Up (2016)
Miss Grand International 11 2 (2020 • 2023) 9 (2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • 2018 • 2019 • 2021 • 2022) 1 Winner (2019)
Total 279 98 181 30 titles

Historic placement positions

Pageant Total Winner
(1st Place)
1st Runner-Up
(2nd Place)
2nd Runner-Up
(3rd Place)
3rd Runner-Up
(4th Place)
4th Runner-Up
(5th Place)
5th Runner-Up
(6th Place)
(Top 5/8)
Semifs./ Quarterfs.
(Top 9/40)
Miss Universe 47 7 (1979 • 1981 • 1986 • 1996 • 2008 • 2009 • 2013) 7 (1967 • 1976 • 1997 • 1998 • 2000 • 2003 • 2022) 7 (1972 • 1984 • 1993 • 1994 • 2007 • 2012 • 2018) 4 (1968 • 1985 • 1987 • 2001) 2 (2002 • 2005) × 5 (1991 • 1992 • 1995 • 1999 • 2017) 15 (1955 • 1956 • 1964 • 1970 • 1977 • 1983 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 2011 • 2014 • 2015 • 2019 • 2021 • 2023)
Miss World 34 6 (1955 • 1981 • 1984 • 1991 • 1995 • 2011) 2 (1987 • 1999) 4 (1990 • 1992 • 1994 • 2010) × 1 (1969) × 6 (1975 • 1985 • 1986 • 1988 • 1993 • 1996) 15 (1962 • 1964 • 1971 • 1976 • 1978 • 1980 • 2002 • 2003 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2017 • 2018 • 2019 • 2021)
Miss International 38 9 (1985 • 1997 • 2000 • 2003 • 2006 • 2010 • 2015 • 2018 • 2023) 5 (1984 • 1995 • 1998 • 2001 • 2011) 2 (1989 • 2017) × × × × 22 (1960 • 1962 • 1964 • 1969 • 1972 • 1973 • 1976 • 1981 • 1986 • 1987 • 1990 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • • 1996 • 1999 • 2005 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2012 • 2019)
Miss Intercontinental 28 5 (1974 • 2001 • 2005 • 2009 • 2012) 3 (1975 • 1990 • 2003) 1 (2000) 1 (2015) 4 (1980 • 1991 • 2002 • 2016) 1 (2022) 3 (1973 • 1976 • 2008) 10 (1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1982 • 1983 • 2006 • 2007 • 2010 • 2019 • 2023)
Miss Earth 17 2 (2005 • 2013) 1 (2020) 5 (2007 • 2009 • 2012 • 2014 • 2016) 2 (2006 • 2011) × × 6 (2008 • 2010 • 2015 • 2017 • 2018 • 2021) 1 (2023)
Miss Supranational 8 × 1 (2016) × 1 (2021) 2 (2019 • 2022) × × 4 (2010 • 2013 • 2018 • 2023)
Miss Grand International 9 1 (2019) 1 (2017) × 1 (2022) × × × 6 (2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2018 • 2021)
Total 181 30 20 19 9 9 1 20 73
Pageant Absences
Miss Universe 2 (1954 • 1959)
Miss World 6 (1951 • 1952 • 1953 • 1954 • 1959 • 1960)
Miss International ×
Miss Intercontinental 15 (1971 • 1972 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999)
Miss Earth 1 (2004)
Miss Supranational ×
Miss Grand International ×
Total 24


Venezuela first hosted its major international pageant in 1980 for Miss Intercontinental. It has also hosted Miss Grand International once.

Year/s of hosting Pageant
1980 Miss Intercontinental
2019 Miss Grand International

Miss Venezuela Organization

The Miss Venezuela Organization is the organization that currently owns and runs the Miss Venezuela, Miss World Venezuela, Miss International Venezuela and Mister Venezuela beauty pageant competitions.

Based in Caracas, the organization is currently owned by the Venezuelan holding and conglomerate Cisneros Group since 1972. The current president is Gustavo Cisneros and Adriana Cisneros as CEO, co-directed by Jonathan Blum, Gabriela Isler, Jacqueline Aguilera and Nina Sicilia. The organization sells television rights mostly to Latin American countries and the US.

Current Miss Venezuela Organization titleholders

Since 1985, the Venezuelan representative chosen for Miss Universe and Miss World are titled individually, as well, since 1987 for Miss International. For this reason, since those editions, any finalist or other contestant who is selected to represent the country in said competitions without having initially the mentioned titles achieved in a competition run by the Miss Venezuela Organization is taken into account as a designation.

The following is a list of all Miss Venezuela Organization titleholders from the founding of each pageant.

  •   Designated
  •   Did not compete
Edition Miss Venezuela/ Miss Universe Venezuela State Miss World Venezuela State Miss International Venezuela State Mister Venezuela State
2023 Ileana Márquez Amazonas TBA Sakra Guerrero Guárico TBA
2022 Diana Silva Distrito Capital Not awarded Andrea Rubio Portuguesa Not awarded
2021 Amanda Dudamel Región Andina Ariagny Daboín[h] Cojedes Not awarded
Luiseth Materán[i] Miranda
2020 Mariángel Villasmil Zulia Alejandra Conde[h] Aragua Isbel Parra Región Guayana
2019 Thalía Olvino Delta Amacuro Not awarded Melissa Jiménez Zulia Jorge Eduardo Núñez Zulia
2018 Isabella Rodríguez Portuguesa Isabella Rodríguez Portuguesa Not awarded Not awarded
2017 Sthefany Gutiérrez Delta Amacuro Veruska Ljubisavljević Vargas Mariem Velazco Barinas Christian Nunes Distrito Capital
Ana Carolina Ugarte[j] Monagas
2016 Keysi Sayago Monagas Diana Croce[k] Nueva Esparta Diana Croce[k] Nueva Esparta Renato Barabino Aragua
2015 Mariam Habach Lara Anyela Galante[l] Portuguesa Jessica Duarte Trujillo Gabriel Correa
2014 Mariana Jiménez Guárico Debora Menicucci[l] Amazonas Edymar Martínez Anzoátegui Jesús Casanova Barinas
2013 Migbelis Castellanos Costa Oriental Karen Soto[l] Zulia Michelle Bertolini Guárico Not awarded
2012 Gabriela Isler Guárico Not awarded Elián Herrera Aragua Jessus Zambrano[m] Táchira
2011 Irene Esser Sucre Gabriella Ferrari Distrito Capital Blanca Aljibes Guárico Not awarded
2010 Vanessa Gonçalves Miranda Ivian Sarcos Amazonas Jessica Barboza Distrito Capital
2009 Marelisa Gibson Adriana Vasini Zulia Elizabeth Mosquera Trujillo José Manuel Flores[m] Distrito Capital
2008 Stefanía Fernández Trujillo María Milagros Véliz Anzoátegui Laksmi Rodríguez Monagas Not awarded
2007 Dayana Mendoza Amazonas Hannelly Quintero Cojedes Dayana Colmenares Carabobo
2006 Ly Jonaitis Guárico Claudia Suárez Mérida Vanessa Peretti Sucre Vito Gasparrini[n] Distrito Capital
Federica Guzmán[l] Miranda
2005 Jictzad Viña Sucre Susan Carrizo Costa Oriental Daniela di Giacomo Barinas José Ignacio Rodríguez[o] Zulia
2004 Mónica Spear Guárico Andrea Milroy Trujillo Andrea Gómez Distrito Capital Francisco León Amazonas
2003 Ana Karina Áñez Lara Valentina Patruno Miranda Eleidy Aparicio Costa Oriental Andrés Mistage Carabobo
Goizeder Azúa[p] Carabobo
2002 Mariángel Ruiz Aragua Goizeder Azúa[l][p] Carabobo Cynthia Lander[q] Distrito Capital Not awarded
2001 Cynthia Lander[q] Distrito Capital Andreína Prieto[l] Zulia Aura Zambrano[q] Táchira Daniel Navarrete Vargas
2000 Eva Ekvall Apure Vanessa Cárdenas[l] Vivian Urdaneta Costa Oriental Luis Nery Península Goajira
Claudia Moreno[r] Distrito Capital
1999 Martina Thorogood[r] Miranda Martina Thorogood[r] Miranda Andreína Llamozas[s] Vargas Alejandro Otero Distrito Federal
1998 Carolina Indriago Delta Amacuro Veronica Schneider Monagas Bárbara Pérez[s] Miranda Ernesto Calzadilla
1997 Veruska Ramírez Táchira Christina Dieckmann Nueva Esparta Daniela Kosán Aragua Sandro Finoglio
1996 Marena Bencomo Carabobo Ana Cepinska Consuelo Adler Miranda José Gregorio Faría Zulia
1995 Alicia Machado Yaracuy Jacqueline Aguilera Carla Steinkopf Costa Oriental Established in 1996
1994 Denyse Floreano Costa Oriental Irene Ferreira Miranda Ana María Amorer Apure
Milka Chulina[t] Aragua
1993 Minorka Mercado Apure Mónica Lei Distrito Federal Faviola Spitale Yaracuy
1992 Milka Chulina[t] Aragua Francis Gago Bolívar María Eugenia Rodríguez Portuguesa
1991 Carolina Izsak Amazonas Ninibeth Leal Zulia Niurka Acevedo Monagas
Jackeline Rodríguez[u] Miranda
1990 Andreína Goetz Bolívar Sharon Luengo Costa Oriental Vanessa Holler[v] Portuguesa
Chiquinquirá Delgado[v] Zulia
1989 Eva Lisa Ljung Lara Fabiola Candosin Distrito Federal Carolina Omaña Nueva Esparta
1988 Yajaira Vera Miranda Emma Rabbe María Eugenia Duarte Península Goajira
1987 Inés María Calero Nueva Esparta Albany Lozada Portuguesa Vicky García Muncipio Libertador
1986 Bárbara Palacios Trujillo María Begoña Juaristi Zulia Nancy Gallardo Portuguesa
1985 Silvia Martínez Guárico Ruddy Rodríguez Anzoátegui Nina Sicilia Monagas
1984 Carmen María Montiel Zulia Astrid Carolina Herrera Miranda Miriam Leyderman Nueva Esparta
1983 Paola Ruggeri Portuguesa Carolina Cerruti Apure Donnatella Bottone Miranda
1982 Ana Teresa Oropeza Guárico Michelle Shoda Falcón Amaury Martínez Amazonas
1981 Irene Sáez Miranda Pilín León Aragua Miriam Quintana Distrito Federal
1980 Maye Brandt † Lara Hilda Abrahamz Departamento Vargas Graciela La Rosa Amazonas
1979 Maritza Sayalero Departamento Vargas Tatiana Capote Barinas Nilza Moronta[w] Zulia
Nina Kors[w] Portuguesa
1978 Marisol Alfonzo Guárico Patricia Tóffoli Falcón Doris Fueyo Anzoátegui
1977 Cristal Montañez Departamento Vargas Jacqueline van den Branden[x] Distrito Federal Betty Paredes[x] Lara
1976 Elluz Peraza[y] Guárico María Genoveva Rivero[z] Lara Betzabeth Ayala[z] Miranda
Judith Castillo[z] Nueva Esparta
1975 Maritza Pineda María Conchita Alonso Distrito Federal Yamel Díaz Carabobo
1974 Neyla Moronta Zulia Alicia Rivas Departamento Vargas Marisela Carderera Distrito Federal
1973 Desirée Rolando Carabobo Edicta García Zulia Hilda Carrero[aa] Táchira
Ana Cecilia Ramírez[aa] Distrito Federal
1972 María Antonieta Cámpoli Nueva Esparta Amalia Heller Sucre Marilyn Plessmann Guárico
1971 Jeanette Donzella Monagas Ana María Padrón Carabobo Dubravska Purkarevic[ab] Nueva Esparta
1970 Bella La Rosa Carabobo Tomasita de las Casas Miranda Sonia Ledezma[ab] Monagas
Marzia Piazza[ac] Departamento Vargas
1969 María José Yellici[ad] Aragua Marzia Piazza[ac] Departamento Vargas Cristina Keusch Miranda
Marzia Piazza[ac] Departamento Vargas
1968 Peggy Kopp Distrito Federal Cherry Núñez Miranda Jovann Navas Aragua
1967 Mariela Pérez Branger Departamento Vargas Irene Böttger Bolívar Ingrid Goecke[ae] Zulia
1966 Magaly Castro Guárico Jeannette Köpp Distrito Federal Cecilia Picón-Febres[ae] Mérida
1965 María De Las Casas † Distrito Federal Nancy González Anzoátegui Thamara Leal Zulia
1964 Mercedes Revenga Miranda Mercedes Hernández Portuguesa Lisla Silva
1963 Irene Morales Guárico Milagros Galíndez[af] Miranda Norah Luisa Duarte[af] Carabobo
1962 Olga Antonetti[ag] Anzoátegui Betzabé Franco Aragua Olga Antonetti[ag] Anzoátegui
Virginia Bailey[ag] Nueva Esparta
1961 Ana Griselda Vegas Caracas Bexi Romero[af] Gloria Lilué[af] Distrito Federal
1960 Gladys Ascanio[ah] Distrito Federal Miriam Estévez[ai] Caracas Gladys Ascanio[ah] Distrito Federal
Mary Quiróz Delgado[ah] Yaracuy
1958 Ida Margarita Pieri Sucre Ida Margarita Pieri Sucre Established in 1960
1957 Consuelo Nouel † Distrito Federal Consuelo Nouel † Distrito Federal
1956 Blanca Heredia Celsa Pieri † Sucre
1955 Susana Duijm Miranda Susana Duijm Miranda
1953 Gisela Bolaños † Carabobo Established in 1955
1952 Sofía Silva Inserri † Bolívar

Past Miss Venezuela Organization titleholders

The following is a list of all past Miss Venezuela Organization titleholders from the founding of each pageant.

  •   Designated
  •   Did not compete
Edition Miss Earth Venezuela State Miss Wonderland Venezuela State Miss Venezuela Latina State Nuestra Belleza Venezuela State
2015 Andrea Rosales Amazonas Ended in 1990 Ended in 1989 Ended in 1996
2014 Maira Rodríguez[aj]
2013 Stephanie de Zorzi[aj] Aragua
2012 Alyz Henrich Falcón
2011 Osmariel Villalobos Yaracuy
2010 Caroline Medina Aragua
2009 Mariángela Bonanni[ak] Táchira
1996 Established in 2009
(Previously run by Sambil Model Organization since 2005)
Adelaida Pifano Lara
1990 Stefania Bacco Mérida Established in 1996
1989 Luicira Marcano Táchira Heidi Gorrín Aragua
1988 Constanza Giner Aragua Marilisa Maronese Portuguesa
Other titleholders

Until 1984, all the candidates who qualified below the 'Miss Venezuela' position were announced as 'runners-up' and officially are recognized as such. However, in a few editions, the same finalists were given saches (with the name or prefixing the preposition 'to') of the international contest they had to attend or in other cases it was simply announced by the presenter. In such cases we have:

Title List
Miss Young International Venezuela
Miss Latinoamérica Venezuela
Miss Confraternidad Americana Venezuela
  • 1982: Sondra Carpio (Lara)
Miss Turismo de las Américas Venezuela
Miss Turismo Internacional /
Miss Turismo Centroamericano y del Caribe Venezuela
Reina Internacional del Mar Venezuela
Miss Ámbar del Mundo Venezuela
Miss Maja Internacional Venezuela
Miss United Nations Venezuela

See also


  1. ^ a b Resigned and the title was passed to a runner-up
  2. ^ a b Originally 1st Runner-Up and assumed the Miss Venezuela title when the original winner resigned
  3. ^ Alexandra Braun competed at Miss Earth Venezuela 2005 as Caracas representative
  4. ^ a b c d e Competition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  5. ^ Competition was cancelled due to dispute of the organizers
  6. ^ Competition was cancelled due to dispute of the organizers
  7. ^ Competition was cancelled due to dispute of the organizers
  8. ^ a b Both Alejandra Conde in 2020 and Ariagny Daboín in 2021 won the Miss World Venezuela title in a separate initial competition within the Miss Venezuela final.
  9. ^ Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Miss Universe Organization allowed the designation of representatives by the franchising countries. Luiseth Materán, Top 5 in Miss Venezuela 2020 was designated as Miss Universo Venezuela 2021 on July 2, 2021, being officially crowned by Mariángel Villasmil during the Miss Venezuela 2021 final on October 28, 2021. Materán participated in Miss Universe 2021 finishing as Top 16.
  10. ^ Ana Carolina Ugarte, Miss Monagas in Miss Venezuela 2013, was designated as Miss Venezuela Mundo 2017 on October 14, 2017, and represented the country in Miss World 2017, where she entered in the Top 40.
  11. ^ a b Diana Croce, 1st Runner-Up in Miss Venezuela 2016, was designated as Miss Venezuela Mundo 2016 on November 5, 2016, and represented the country in Miss World 2016. Later on, she was designated to represent the country at Miss International 2017, where she finished as 2nd Runner-Up.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g After a request made by the Miss World Organization, the Miss Venezuela Organization founded a new pageant: Miss Venezuela Mundo (Miss World Venezuela). Pageant that in its first two editions was won by Vanessa Cárdenas in 2000 and Andreína Prieto in 2001, being celebrated with contestants aspiring to be candidadtes for the Miss Venezuela contest of each year. In 2002, the competition was held with the official candidates of Miss Venezuela 2002, during the Gala de la Belleza 2002 (preliminary event to Miss Venezuela), Goizeder Azúa, Miss Carabobo, won the title, for which said band was discarded in the final of Miss Venezuela 2002. In 2006, the contest returned with the participation of 6 candidates from previous editions, Federica Guzmán, Miss Miranda in Miss Venezuela 2001 won the title and represented the country in Miss World 2006. After a hiatus of seven years, the event returned for the third time, being won by Karen Soto in 2013 (Miss Costa Oriental in Miss Venezuela 2010), Debora Menicucci in 2014 (Miss Amazonas in Miss Venezuela 2013) and Anyela Galante in 2015. For a total of seven editions by Miss Venezuela Mundo that have been held independently of Miss Venezuela.
  13. ^ a b Both José Manuel Flores in 2009 and Jessus Zambrano in 2012 were designated as Mister Venezuela, to represent the country in Mister World 2010 and Mister World 2012, respectively.
  14. ^ Mister Venezuela 2006 was held with the participation of 6 contestants from previous editions. Vito Gasparrini, Mister Mérida and Top 10 in Mister Venezuela 2003 obtained the title.
  15. ^ José Ignacio Rodríguez, Mister Venezuela 2005 relinquised his title on September 22, 2006, one day before the celebration of Mister Venezuela 2006, refusing to attend the event in protest due to alleged mistreatment received by the Miss Venezuela Organization and for his inability to participate in Mister World 2007.
  16. ^ a b Because Miss Venezuela 2003 was held after Miss International 2003. Goizeder Azúa, Miss Venezuela Mundo 2002, after having participated in Miss World 2002, was designated to represent the country in Miss International 2003, obtaining the fourth title for the country.
  17. ^ a b c In both Miss Venezuela 2001 and Miss Venezuela 2002, only the Venezuelan representative to participate in Miss Universe was chosen. For this reason, Aura Zambrano, 1st Runner-Up in Miss Venezuela 2001 and Cynthia Lander, Miss Venezuela 2001 and later 4th Runner-Up in Miss Universe 2002, were designated to represent the country in Miss International 2001 and Miss International 2002, respectively.
  18. ^ a b c After Martina Thorogood's participation in Miss World 1999, finishing as 1st Runner-Up, the Miss Universe Organization prohibited Thorogood from attending the contest, requesting the sending of a titleholder as Miss Venezuela. Therefore, on February 26, 2000, the Miss República Bolivariana de Venezuela 2000 was celebrated, a special edition that included the participation of 10 candidates from previous editions. The contest was won by Claudia Moreno, who was Top 10 in Miss Venezuela 1999. Moreno participated in Miss Universe 2000 ending as 1st Runner-Up for the fifth time in the history of the country. This whole situation was permanently protested by Norkys Batista, 1st Runner-Up of Miss Venezuela 1999, first claiming her right to participate in Miss World 1999 and then to Miss Universe 2000.
  19. ^ a b Originally, Bárbara Pérez, the third place-finisher in Miss Venezuela 1998 titled as Miss International Venezuela 1998 would attend Miss International 1999. However, due to the delay of the competition from September to December 1999, Pérez declined her participation due to student commitments. Her place was replaced by Andreína Llamozas, 2nd Runner-Up in Miss Venezuela 1999.
  20. ^ a b Because Miss Venezuela 1994 was held only two days before Miss International 1994, Milka Chulina, Miss Venezuela 1992 (who participated in Miss Universe 1993) was appointed to represent the country in said competition placing in the Top 15.
  21. ^ From 1987 to 1990, Miss Venezuela was held in February. In 1991, it was decided to hold the contest again in May. Due to this, Miss Venezuela 1991 was held after Miss Universe 1991, which is why Jackeline Rodríguez (Chica 2001 1987, and future candidate for the Miss Venezuela 1991 contest as Miss Miranda) was appointed to represent the country in said edition.
  22. ^ a b Contrary to the traditional custom of sending the third place-finisher to Miss International. In 1990, Chiquinquirá Delgado, the 3rd place-finisher in Miss Venezuela 1990 titled as Miss Flower Queen Venezuela 1990 was sent to Flower Queen International, a special contest to be held every 50-years in Japan, being organized by the same owners of Miss International contest. This is how, Vanessa Holler, the 4th place-finisher titled as Miss International Venezuela 1990 was sent to Miss International 1990.
  23. ^ a b After María Fernanda Ramírez's disqualification as 2nd Runner-Up in Miss Venezuela 1979, Nina Kors, the original 3rd Runner-Up assumed as 2nd Runner-Up attending Miss Young International 1979, contrary to the traditional custom of sending the third place-finisher to Miss International. Likewise, Nilza Moronta, the original 4th Runner-Up assumed as 3rd Runner-Up attending Miss International 1979.
  24. ^ a b After Vilma Góliz's disqualification as 1st Runner-Up in Miss Venezuela 1977, Jacqueline van den Branden, the original 2nd Runner-Up assumed as 1st Runner-Up attending Miss World 1977. Likewise, Betty Paredes, the original 3rd Runner-Up assumed as 2nd Runner-Up attending Miss International 1977.
  25. ^ Elluz Peraza, Miss Venezuela 1976, relinquised her title on May 23, 1976, two days after finals.
  26. ^ a b c Judith Castillo, 1st Runner-Up in Miss Venezuela 1976 assumed the Miss Venezuela title after Peraza's resignation. Castillo participated in Miss Universe 1976 ended up as 1st Runner-Up for the second time in the history of the country. On the other hand, María Genoveva Rivero, the original 2nd Runner-Up assumed as 1st Runner-Up attending Miss World 1976. Likewise, Betzabeth Ayala, the original 3rd Runner-Up assumed as 2nd Runner-Up attending Miss International 1976.
  27. ^ a b Ana Cecilia Ramírez, 2nd Runner-Up in Miss Venezuela 1973, could not participate in Miss International since she was underage, so she ended up going to Miss Young International 1973. On the other hand, Hilda Carrero, 3rd Runner-Up, had to attend Mis Young International but ended up replacing Ramírez in Miss International 1973 placing in the Top 15.
  28. ^ a b Sonia Ledezma, 2nd Runner-Up in Miss Venezuela 1970 was sent to Miss International 1971, after Piazza's participation in the 1970 edition. As a consequence, Dubravska Purkarevic, 2nd Runner-Up in Miss Venezuela 1971 was not sent to Miss International.
  29. ^ a b c Marzia Piazza, 1st Runner-Up in Miss Venezuela 1969 assumed the Miss Venezuela title after Yellici's resignation. Piazza participated in Miss World 1969, being designated later to compete in Miss International 1970, since the contest was brought forward to May 16, while Miss Venezuela 1970 was held on July 1.
  30. ^ María José Yellici, Miss Venezuela 1969 relinquised her Miss Venezuela title on October 15, 1969. Yellici came to participate in Miss Universe 1969.
  31. ^ a b Cecilia Picón-Febres, 2nd Runner-Up in Miss Venezuela 1966 was sent to Miss International 1967, after the 1966 cancellation . As consequence, Ingrid Goecke, 2nd Runner-Up in Miss Venezuela 1967 was not sent to Miss International.
  32. ^ a b c d Contrary to the traditional custom of sending the second place-finisher of Miss Venezuela to Miss World and the third place-finisher to Miss International. In 1961, Bexi Romero, the 2nd Runner-Up was sent to Miss World 1961, while Gloria Lilué, the 1st Runner-Up was sent to Miss International 1961. In 1963, Milagros Galíndez, the 2nd Runner-Up was sent to Miss World 1963, while Norah Luisa Duarte, the 1st Runner-Up was sent to Miss International 1963
  33. ^ a b c Olga Antonetti, Miss Venezuela 1962 was sent to Miss International 1962 placing in the Top 15, this was supposedly due to her impossibility to participate in Miss Universe because of her minority, although in reality Antonetti was already 18 years old at the time of her election as Miss Venezuela. As Antonetti's replacement, Virginia Bailey, the 2nd Runner-Up was sent to Miss Universe 1962. Paradoxically, Bailey was 17 years old at the time of participating in Miss Universe. The real reason for this exchange resided in the good commercial relations maintained by Reinaldo Espinoza Hernández and the recent owners of Miss Venezuela, the Acosta-Rubio family (who had bought the contest in 1962) with the owners of Miss International, who were the original owners of the Miss Universe pageant (1952–1959) while held in Long Beach, California.
  34. ^ a b c Because Miss Venezuela 1960 was held after Miss Universe 1960, Mary Quiróz Delgado, Miss Yaracuy in Miss Venezuela 1957 was designated to represent the country in Miss Universe 1960. For her part, Gladys Ascanio, Miss Venezuela 1960, competed in the inaugural edition of Miss International at Miss International 1960 placing in the Top 15.
  35. ^ Miriam Estévez, 1st Runner-Up in Miss Venezuela 1960 did not attend Miss World 1960 due to cinematographic commitments in the filmning of a feature film in the city of London. For this reason, 3rd Runner-Up, Aura Rodríguez, was appointed as a representative to Miss World. However, her brother suffered a car accident the day before leaving for London, so she definitively gave up attending the international contest.
  36. ^ a b Maira Alexandra Rodriguez, Miss Earth Venezuela 2014, participated in Miss Earth 2014 ending as 2nd Runner-Up position, Miss Water 2014, after original delegate for that year, Stephanie de Zorzi, Miss Earth Venezuela 2013, withdrew due to weight issues and being dethroned by the Miss Venezuela Organization. Rodriguez was originally the Venezuelan delegate to Miss Earth 2015. De Zorzi went on to compete in Miss Earth 2016, designated by the Miss Earth Venezuela Organization as its first representative, obtaining the 2nd Runner-Up position as Miss Water 2016.
  37. ^ Mariángela Bonanni, 1st Runner-Up in Miss Venezuela 2009 was appointed to represent the country in Miss Earth 2010, being the first representative sent to Miss Earth by the Miss Venezuela Organization.
  38. ^ a b c d e f The contestant was not a finalist, is mentioned only for chronological purposes.


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