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Paulina Vega Dieppa (Spanish pronunciation: [pauˈlina ˈβeɣa]; born 15 January 1993) is a Colombian model, television host, and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Colombia 2013 and Miss Universe 2014. Vega is the second Miss Universe from Colombia.

Paulina Vega
Paulina Vega en la XXXVI versión de la Caminata de la Solidaridad por Colombia .jpg
Vega in 2014
Paulina Vega Dieppa

(1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 26)
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
TitleMiss Atlántico 2013
Miss Colombia 2013
Miss Universe 2014
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Miss Atlántico 2013
Miss Colombia 2013
Miss Universe 2014


Early lifeEdit

Vega was born in Barranquilla, Colombia to cardiologist Rodolfo Vega Llama and Laura Dieppa and has one sister.[1] She is the granddaughter of Colombian tenor Gastón Vega and Miss Atlántico 1953 Elvira Castillo and a cousin of Miss Colombia 2014 Ariadna Gutiérrez who placed first runner-up at Miss Universe 2015.[2][3]


Miss Colombia 2013Edit

Vega competed in Miss Colombia 2013 on November 11, 2013, held in Cartagena, representing the Atlántico Department, where she won the title of Miss Colombia, gaining the right to represent the country at Miss Universe 2014. She was crowned by the outgoing titleholder Lucia Aldana, Miss Colombia 2012. Vega became the eleventh Miss Atlantico to win that title since the Miss Colombia pageant began in 1934, the first Miss Atlantico to win Miss Universe, and the second Colombian to win Miss Universe after Luz Marina Zuluaga in 1958.[4]

Miss Universe 2014Edit

Miss Universe 2013, Gabriela Isler from Venezuela, crowned her as Miss Universe 2014 on January 25, 2015, in Doral, Florida, beating 87 contestants. She was the second Colombian in 56 years to win the Miss Universe crown after Miss Universe 1958 Luz Marina Zuluaga. Vega debuted the pageant's new crown as designed by Diamonds International Corporation, a Czech-based jeweler officially responsible for Miss Universe jewelry. Her prize package included cash, a year contract promoting Miss Universe, world travel, a rent-free luxury apartment in New York City, a gift bag stuffed with designer shoes, dresses and beauty products, a US$100,000 stipend for a two-year course at the New York Film Academy, and free access to famous fashion houses and beauty parlors. Vega intends to spend her year-long reign travelling the world to lecture on humanitarian issues and to promote education regards HIV/AIDS. After her crowning, Paulina was interviewed by CNN en Español, ABC, Rendezvous with Miss Universe (Indonesia), Fox News, Univision, Caracol Televisión (Colombia), RCN TV (Colombia), Telemundo, Way Too Early with Thomas Roberts (MSNBC), Morning Joe (MSNBC), Today (NBC) and Live! with Kelly and Michael (ABC).[5]

In early February, Vega attended Mercedes Benz-New York Fashion Week in New York City together with Miss USA 2014 and Miss Teen USA 2014.[6] On February 17, 2015, Vega made an appearance on the season finale of The Celebrity Apprentice. On February 20, 2015, Vega visited Indonesia to attend the 19th annual Puteri Indonesia 2015 pageant. She assisted in the crowning of Puteri Indonesia 2015 (Miss Universe Indonesia).[7] She also visited Jakarta and Surabaya where she filmed a publicity for YOU•C1000 along with former Miss Universes Dayana Mendoza and Olivia Culpo in Bali.

In early March, Vega traveled to Doral, Florida, to attend the World Golf Championships at Trump National Doral Miami golf resort. On March 8, 2015, Vega became public speaker at the Women's History Month Event 2015 in New York City. On March 11, 2015, Vega volunteered at GMHC, New York City, to learn about their services and critical issues of HIV and AIDS.[8] In addition, she was interviewed on MSNBC in Out There with Thomas Roberts to discuss how she would work to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS in her new role.[9] On March 13, 2015, she joined New York state senator Jose Peralta to help honor distinguished women in the community as a part of Women's History Month at Woodside, Queens.[10] On March 19, 2015, Vega traveled to Nice, France. She was invited by SAGA Cosmetics to launch the 'Miss Universe Style Illuminate by CHI' haircare line.[11] On March 22, 2015, Vega attended the Cosmoprof Worldwide Beauty Show to launch the 'Miss Universe Style Illuminate by CHI' haircare line at Bologna, Italy. During the same week, she was also invited to launch the 'Yamamay for Miss Universe' 2015 Swimwear Collection at Milan. After her European trips, Vega visited Toronto, Canada, for the first time as it prepared for the 2015 Pan American Games.[12]

On April 6, 2015, Vega attended the Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2015 at ArtBeam in New York City. On April 9, 2015, Vega emerged as the winner of Missosology's Timeless Beauty 2014 contest. On April 10, 2015, Vega attended AID FOR AIDS International to support National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. She is committed to fight against HIV and AIDS, as well as providing support to children and young adults fighting this disease.[13] On the same day Vega attended the Colombian International Film Festival in New York. On April 13, 2015, Vega traveled to Santiago, Chile, where she was invited for a photo shoot with Falabella.[14] On April 15, 2015, Vega became the godmother for the Latino Commission on AIDS. During the same event, she helped launching the 25th anniversary campaign at Macy's Herald Square in New York City. On April 20, 2015, Vega traveled to Bogotá, Colombia, where she was officially revealed as the new face of Falabella.[15] On April 27, 2015, Vega began her homecoming trip to Colombia, arriving in Bogotá. On April 28, 2015, Vega met the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and his wife Clemencia Santos at the Presidential Palace for a welcoming ceremony. Vega was appointed as the ambassador to fight against child malnutrition. On April 29, 2015, Vega met the employees of Vogue Cosmetics Plant, the sponsor of Miss Universe in Colombia. She was the guest of honor at RCN TV where she met Colombia's first Miss Universe, Luz Marina Zuluaga. On April 30, 2015, Vega traveled to Cartagena where she met the board of directors of Miss Colombia. Also on April 30, Vega traveled to her hometown, Barranquilla. On May 1, 2015, Vega attended a welcoming event at Plaza de la Paz where she met the Mayor of Barranquilla, Ms. Noguera.

On May 1, 2015, Vega was chosen as one of the 50 most beautiful Hispanic celebrities by People en Español magazine. During the same day, Vega walked the red carpet at the People en Español 50 Most Beautiful 2015 Gala in New York City. On May 14, 2015, Vega attended the 13th Annual Smile Gala in New York City. On May 15, 2015, Vega attended the Latino Commission on AIDS Cielo in New York City. On May 18, 2015, Vega attended the 30th annual AIDS Walk New York. On May 27, 2015, Vega traveled to Macau, China, to attend the grand opening of Galaxy Macau and Broadway Macau.

On June 5, 2015, Vega traveled to Machala, Ecuador, to attend the Annual 'Fiestas Machala' Parade. Vega received a certificate from Mayor Carlos Falquez Aguilar and the city of Machala for her visit. Vega also met with Mayor of Guayaquil Jaime Nebot during her trip. On June 27, 2015, Vega traveled to Almaty, Kazakhstan, to attend the VII Opera Ball and serve as Master of Ceremony.[16]

Paulina Vega modeling for Falabella in the Plaza Mayor, Medellín

On July 12, 2015, Vega traveled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to attend the 2015 Miss USA Pageant. Vega assisted crowning the winner, Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma. On July 20, 2015, Vega attended the Pixels New York premiere.[17] On July 23, 2015, Vega volunteered at Gay Men's Health Crisis serving meals to men and women living with HIV and AIDS.[18] On July 27, 2015, Vega participated in the Colombian Day parade in New York City.[19] On July 28, 2015, Vega modeled for the pasarela Falabella Colombia moda 2015, in Medellín, Colombia.[20]

On August 4, 2015, Vega traveled to Mumbai, India, to launch the Jealous 21 Limited Edition Miss Universe Collection.[21] On August 22, 2015, Vega traveled to Nassau, Bahamas, to attend Miss Teen USA 2015 held at the Atlantis Paradise Island. Vega assisted crowning the winner Katherine Haik of Louisiana.[22] On August 25, 2015, Vega attended the New York Yankees vs Houston Astros game at Yankee Stadium in New York City.[23] On August 26, 2015, Vega spent a day volunteering with God's Love We Deliver, helping to prepare meals in New York City.[24] On August 27, 2015, Vega attended the Ride of Fame city sightseeing cruise to the Statue of Liberty.[25]

On early September 2015, Vega attended the U.S. Open[SIA disambiguation needed].[26] On September 8, 2015, Vega attended the Colombia vs Peru international friendly match at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.[27] From September 10 to 16, 2015, Vega attended Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week. Among others, she attended Angel Sanchez Show, Concept Korea Show, Axe and Esquire Show, Zang Toi Show, Nicholas K Show.[28] Vega also attended Shenzhen Show, Sherri Hill Show and the Australian Evening & Bridal Wear Show.[29] On September 11, 2015, Vega attended Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC at BGC Partners, INC in New York City.[30][31] On September 28, 2015, Vega attended the Fashion 4 Development's 5th annual Official First Ladies luncheon at The Pierre Hotel in New York City.[32] It was also around this time during her reign Donald Trump acquired full ownership of the Miss Universe Organization and sold the entire company, ending his affiliation with the pageant.

On October 11, 2015, Vega led the annual Hispanic Day Parade up Fifth Avenue in New York City.[33] From October 14 to 17, 2015, Vega attended various events in Colombia, among them, Miss Universe Cover Party Latino Show Magazine 2015 in Medellin and Pereira. On October 23, 2015, Vega attended the 11th Annual Orphaned Starfish Foundation's New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.[34]

On November 3, 2015, Vega attended the 2015 Aid for AIDS Gala at Cipriani Downtown in New York City.[35] On November 16, 2015, Vega attended the 2015 Miss Colombia Pageant in Cartagena, Colombia.[36] On November 18, 2015, Vega attended the 2015 Latin GRAMMY Person of the Year honoring Roberto Carlos at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.[37]

On December 8, 2015, Vega and the 2015 Miss Universe contestants attended a Welcome Event at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada.[38] On December 10, 2015, Vega and the 2015 Miss Universe contestants participated in the traditional National Gift Auction held at the Opportunity Village in Las Vegas, Nevada.[39] On December 20, 2015, Vega crowned her successor Pia Wurtzbach at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada.[40]

During her reign as Miss Universe, Vega traveled to The Bahamas, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Kazakhstan,[41] Ecuador, France, India, Indonesia, Italy and numerous trips around the United States.



Year Title Notes
2016-2017 A Otro Nivel[42] Presenter


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
  Gabriela Isler
Miss Universe
Succeeded by
  Pia Wurtzbach
Preceded by
  Lucia Aldana
Miss Colombia
Succeeded by
  Ariadna Gutiérrez
Preceded by
Yuliana Mejía
Miss Atlántico
Succeeded by
Mayra León