Alba Riquelme: The Pride of Paraguay

22 Apr 2021 | Priya Bhardwaj

Paraguay has been sending off their representatives in all the major international beauty pageants for women since 1957. There are numerous beauty queens from the country who have succeeded at the top but only a few are able to attract attention after years of their appearance on the stage. One such woman who crosses our minds is Alba Paraguay, Miss Universe Paraguay 2011, who is still winning as many hearts as she did a decade ago. Let us have a look at her journey till now.

Alba Riquelme, a name that requires no introduction in the world of glamour and pageantry, is indeed a pride of Paraguay. Alba Lucía Riquelme Valenzuela is a Paraguayan model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universo Paraguay 2011 and represented her country in the 2011 Miss Universe pageant.



Hailing from the capital city of Paraguay, 30 year old Alba is a major in Public Relations from the American University, Paraguay. Being a model and influencer she continues to attract a lot of attention even today.

Her model career began at age 14 when she won the Elite Model Look Paraguay 2005 contest, and went to China to represent Paraguay. She was chosen as a finalist for the Miss Hawaiian Tropic 2009 in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Also in 2009, she participated at the Yanbal Fashion Week, in Ecuador, it was the second time that the CN Models International Search 2009 was held and it was won by Alba.

In May 2010, she represented Paraguay at the Miss Beauty of the World 2010 held in People's Republic of China, she was among the Top 10 finalists. She also participated at the Reina Hispanoamericana 2011, where she placed as 3rd runner-up, and won the Best Hair award.

In 2011, she participated at the Reinas Paraguayas del Bicentenario 2011 contest. At the end of the night Alba was crowned as the new Miss Universo Paraguay along with the opportunity to represent Paraguay at the Miss Universe 2011 held in Brazil, where unfortunately she was not part of the top.



At present, Alba is a fashion, lifestyle and self-care influencer with a following of almost 82k on her Instagram. She is also a growing business woman with a swimwear brand called ‘Tinini Swimwear’ and ‘Wabi Sabi’, a health and beauty initiative. She also recently joined Keller William real estate agency to become a real estate advisor.

Paraguay is proud to have been represented by this beauty on international platforms, for being ambassadors of Paraguayan beauty. Alba is still a stunning and charming queen; we wish her all the best for future endeavours and hope the successes continue to follow her.