Stefani Zeceña of Guatemala wins Best in National Costume at Reina Hispanoamericana 2019

31 Jan 2020 | Camilla Suarez

The 29th edition of Reina Hispanoamericana, i.e. Reina Hispanoamericana 2019, will be held on 8th February 2020 in Bolivia. Stunning beauties from thirty countries will compete for the international crown as Reina Hispanoamericana 2018 Nariman Battikha Yanyi of Venezuela will crown her successor at the end of the event finale.

Prior to the finale event, National Costume Competition was held yesterday by the Reina Hispanoamericana organization at Teatro Gran Mariscal, Bolivia where delegates wore characteristic costume which depicted their respective cultures and traditions.

Reina Hispanoamericana Guatemala 2019 Stefani Zeceña Elvira won the Best in National Costume award at the end of the event. Stefani’s national costume was the work of the designer César Alejandro Portillo. The costume was inspired by the Mayan culture and represents all the fauna and growth of the Guatemalan population. The costume had stones that is a treasure in Guatemala and something that Guatemalan culture grows. It sports a scepter with reliefs that represent the fertility of the Chapine lands, which combines with a pre-Columbian style headdress.


Stefani Zeceña of Guatemala wins Best in National Costume at Reina Hispanoamericana 2019


Along with the winner, Reina Hispanoamericana Philippines 2019 Katrina Llegado, Reina Hispanoamericana Curacao 2019 Tiffany Bras, Reina Hispanoamericana Spain 2019 Ainara Cardaño and Reina Hispanoamericana Paraguay 2019 Ketlin Lotterman were placed at Top 5.


Reina Hispanoamericana Philippines 2019 Katrina Llegado


Katrina Llegado’s national costume; Ibong Adarna dress, a prominent mythical bird in Philippine literature that is said to have a capability to heal sickness with its magical songs and symbolizes youth, beauty, power and resilience. The costume was designed and crafted by avant grade and celebrity designer Rocky Gathercole. Katrina mentioned “I chose Adarna because she believes its story reaffirms the importance of nature in our lives. By embodying the Adarna, I hope to be a living reminder that we all bear the responsibility to take care of the environment not just as a member of the Hispanic community but as a citizen of the world”.

Curacao’s Tiffany Bras’ national costume represented one of the most important holidays for the inhabitants of island Curaçao; Carnival. It is a culture that was transformed into tradition 50 years ago. Ainara Cardaño’s national costume represents the culture, art and flamenco of Spain. Ketlin Lotterman’s national costume represented a legacy to the Guarani land, inspired by nature, the ancestral natives, mainly in the culture of weaving, food, fauna and flora of Paraguay.


Tiffany Bras Reina Hispanoamericana Curacao 2019


At the opening, the candidates paraded with skirts made by Casa La Orquídea, from their Somos Patrimonio collection, in addition to the prom dresses of the gold designer Rommel Rojas, from their Shine collection.


Stefani Zeceña of Guatemala wins Best in National Costume at Reina Hispanoamericana 2019


Congratulations to the winners.