Paraguay’s Vanessa Castro Guillén tests positive for Covid-19 three days before Miss Universe 2020 begins

04 May 2021 | Camilla Suarez

Miss Universe 2020, the 69th edition of Miss Universe, is all set to be held on 16th May 2021 in Florida, United States where more than seventy stunning ladies will compete for the coveted crown. Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi will crown her successor at the end of the event finale.

Almost all the delegates have reached at the venue, while the ones left are supposed to arrive till 7th May 2021, as the competition will officially commence from 7th May beginning with the photoshoots and rehearsals.



Three days before the start of the 69th Miss Universe Competition, Miss Universe Paraguay 2020 Vanessa Castro Guillén is not sure if she will be able compete in the prestigious pageant after she was tested positive for COVID-19. At the moment her participation in the competition is completely unclear.

In an official statement on her social media, Vanessa said, “I have a lot of faith in the Virgin that I will be able to recover and arrive to the competition.” Virgin being the ‘Lady of the Miracles of Caacupe’, patroness of Paraguay. She also added, “My results were positive for Covid-19. Thank God I am in very good health. To all those beautiful people who care about me, I still have a lot to prove so we pray that everything goes well.”



Vanessa, 28, works in architecture, designing homes and buildings. She is a graduate from Universidad Nacional De Asuncion where she dedicated herself to rehabilitation work for children with different disabilities during her time as a student.

Her greatest accomplishment is her commitment to architecture studies because in her country, architecture is essential for urban development. Vanessa is passionate about other cultures and loves to incorporate her outside influences into her designs.

In the future, she hopes to influence more women to take on careers in male dominated fields and demand the recognition they deserve. She advocates for the empowerment of young girls and encourages them to take up space where men typically dominate.

We wish her a safe and speedy recovery and hope for her presence at the competition soon!