First crowned North American queens at Big 4 major beauty pageants in the decade (2011-2020)

04 Apr 2020 | Angelique Reyes

There are various delegates who aspire and train themselves in order to represent their respective countries at international major beauty pageants but only the best out of the group is selected to represent the country at big four major pageants. North American delegates are no less as they have performed with immense dedication and determination to win the title for the country. With months of hard work, training and mentoring under the best of the best teachers, the delegates of North America have excelled in their respective pageants and won the title for the country making every one proud.

In this decade (2011-2020) we have seen the delegates representing the North American countries performing very well. Miss World records two win from North America where as Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth records only one win.

However, here are the winners who opened South America’s account in the four major pageants –

Stephanie Del Valle Díaz from Puerto Rico was crowned Miss World 2016 on 18 December 2016 at the MGM National Harbor, Washington, D.C., United States. She is the second Puerto Rico woman in the history of the Miss World pageant to be crowned. She is studying Law and Communication at Pace University in New York. Prior to winning the title, she was one of the chief models and muse to Puerto Rican designer, Carlos Alberto; he designed her clothes for the Miss World pageant. The diva had to face a lot of criticism from the people post her win but she handled the situation very well and said “I understood why people maybe got confused. Some not very nice things were said by people all over the world. But honestly, I just kept in mind that sometimes I would read them, sometimes I wouldn't. But I just kept in mind that I did everything in my power, like I represented Puerto Rico. I did everything that I could to do a good job and I was proud of everything that I achieved and how I represented my island. At the end of the day, it was the decision of the judges and that all of them are winners.” She believes that one does not need to wear a crown to continue their advocacies. Stephanie has used the crown to promote charitable causes around the world. She has hosted telethon in Iowa three years in a row, which raised over $12 million dollars. launched a campaign to raise funds to the first Pediatric Liver and Kidney Transplant Unit in Puerto Rico for the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital. Stephanie also supports Lily’s Angels Foundation, an organization which provides access to early intervention therapies for babies with Down syndrome. She has launched the Rise Against Hunger program in South Africa. Stephanie alongside the Beauty with a Purpose foundation provided the funds to bring in proper tech supplies, such as projectors, monitors, computers, and TVs, to the children of the school in Smokey Mountain, Philippines. After crowning her successor in November 2017, Stephanie renewed her contract with the Miss World Organization in January of 2018 as Beauty with a Purpose Ambassador. Stephanie has been able to work in projects in India, China, Indonesia, British Virgin Islands, USA, New Zealand, Mexico, Singapore, and Thailand.


Stephanie Del Valle Díaz from Puerto Rico was crowned Miss World 2016


Olivia Culpo from United States of America was crowned Miss Universe 2012 on 19th December 2012 at the AXIS, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The Rhode Island native, who describes herself as a "cellist and nerd," won over the judges at the national crowning with her bubbly personality, elegance and poise, and thought-provoking answer when asked if a transgender individual should be allowed to compete. "I do think that that would be fair, but I can understand that people would be a little apprehensive to take that road because there is a tradition of natural-born women, but today where there are so many surgeries and so many people out there who have a need to change for a happier life, I do accept that because I believe it’s a free country”, she answered. Olivia was the first American to win the title since 1997. She used the platform to travel internationally to raise awareness of HIV/Aids. Post her reign, Olivia wanted to purse acting and a career in Hollywood and has been on the same path. She is clearly one of the most popular Miss Universe till now. She is fashionable, kind, self-assured and very much comfortable in her skin. The diva never shies to show off her toned body in public and her exquisite dressing style is one of the reasons why she is adored across the globe.  She appeared at a reality show ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ where she spoke to "pageant moms" which caught the nation's attention.  "If you think that your child is going to be really sensitive to the fact that they might not win which they probably won't, you shouldn't do it because it's not healthy if they get the feeling that they're not good enough or they're not worthy," she said.


Olivia Culpo from United States of America was crowned Miss Universe 2012


Valerie Hernandez from Puerto Rico was crowned Miss International 2014 on 11th November 2014 at the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa in Tokyo, Japan. After her crowning, "I am very nervous. I am the second winner from Puerto Rico. This makes me unbelievably happy. I’ve never felt so honored in my entire life. I also feel so blessed that I was able to be on stage together with everyone like that. Anyway, to put it in a nutshell, I am very happy,” said Valerie with a happy tear in her eye. Valerie participated in different charity activities for international goodwill and world peace. Valerie hoped to pay back her country's education system for the opportunities it afforded her, after crediting teachers with helping her overcome learning difficulties as a child. "My plan for the future is not only to work for my country on social problems which affect us, but also to set an example for people to follow in order to achieve a better future”. The diva is supporter of LGBTQ community and uses her voice to raise awareness regarding the same. She owns a business ‘Sparkle by Valerie Hernández’ and works towards promoting education in Puerto Rico. People have always looked upto Valerie as someone who is very comfortable in her skin and very adamant about her thought and opinions. She feels proud and blessed that she was able to make a little change in the country she lives in and will continue with the work.


Valerie Hernandez from Puerto Rico was crowned Miss International 2014


Nellys Pimentel from Puerto Rico was crowned Miss Earth 2019 on 26th October 2019 at Cove Manila at Okada Manila, Parañaque City, Philippines. Nellys is a Puerto Rican model who holds a degree in psychology from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras. She is the first Puerto Rican to win the title. Nellys was one of the favorites to win the title. In one of her interviews with the media, she talked about the Puerto Rican Hibicus. Flowers was the main theme of this year's pageant. "It's pretty famous for its bright red color and also a delicate pink and it also has a lot of features that have to do with medicinal and the sweetness flavor in it acts a sweet ingredient." Nellys talked about Puerto Rico's natural beauty, including the various species native plants that can be used for healing purposes. "I am a woman that finds passion in the arts. And one of my major inspirations comes from spending time with nature because of the beautiful landscapes and views that Puerto Rico has to offer." Nellys is also the first Caribbean woman to win the Miss Earth crown in its 19-year history. During the pageant, she was asked, “There are many people, including notable international leaders, who do not believe in climate change. How would you convince them of the seriousness of this problem?” Her answer was “I would have to say that addressing this issue of people not believing in climate change is more of a matter of lack of education and not only a lack of education but also the ignorance and not wanting to inform themselves of the fact that we are living in a planet that is our biggest home, and we have taken advantage of it instead of putting back what it is giving to us.“


Nellys Pimentel from Puerto Rico was crowned Miss Earth 2019