Puteri Indonesia (meaning “Princess of Indonesia”), also known as Miss Universe Indonesia, is the beauty pageant in Indonesia, that selects and sends the winner for the Miss Universe international pageant. The Puteri Indonesia pageant was established in 1992 and is considered the oldest pageant in Indonesia.
Since 1995, Puteri Indonesia, started choosing winners for the Miss Universe, but in 1996, Mrs. Tien Suharto, who was the wife of the late second president of the Republic of Indonesia, Suharto, forced the winner to withdraw from competing at the Miss Universe pageant. However, in the year 2004, when Suharto was overthrown, Puteri Indonesia resumed the process of sending winner to Miss Universe.
In the year 2005, the first runner up of Puteri Indonesia was sent to Miss World, but it lost the franchise of the Miss World in 2006. After going through a series of hits and misses with international pageants, eventually it was finalized that the three winners will be sent to Miss Universe, Miss International, and Miss Supranational.
Puteri Indonesia 2015 is scheduled to be held on February 20' 2015.
Puteri Indonesia 2014
The 18th edition of Puteri Indonesia pageant, Puteri Indonesia 2014, was held in Jakarta Covention Center, Jakarta, Indonesia on Januray 29, 2014. Elvira Devinamira (East Java) was the winner of Puteri Indonesia 2014, and was crowned by Gabriela Isler, Miss Universe 2013. Elfin Pertiwi Rappa (South Sumatra) was crowned Puteri Indonesia 2014 Lingkungan (Miss International Indonesia 2014) and Estelita Liana (Yogyakarta Special Region) was crowned Puteri Indonesia 2014 Pariwisata (Miss Supranational Indonesia 2014).
Elvira Devinamira was placed Top 15 in the Miss Universe 2014. She also won the award for Best National Costume at Miss Universe. Elfin Pertiwi Rappa competed at Miss International 2014 held in Tokyo, Japan, and reached the Top 10 finalists at Miss International 2014. She too won the Special Award for Best National Costume. Estelita Liana competed at Miss Supranational 2014 held in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland, and she also won the Special Award for Best National Costume.