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

01 Apr 2020 | Angelique Reyes

The representatives of South American countries at the major Big Four Beauty Pageants have not only won the titles with their outstanding performances but also made the country people proud. The delegates who represent the respective countries are experienced and well engraved with the knowledge of competing at a competition. They have always stepped on-stage with grace and determination to win the title. The representatives have always made sure that they are ready to take on any challenge that comes their way during the competition and they can perform it with grace and eloquence. 

In this decade (2011-2020), we have seen the delegates representing the South American countries performing exceedingly well at their respective international pageants and winning them. Miss World has recorded just one win in this decade with Ivian Sarcos from Venezuela while Miss Universe has also recorded just one win in this decade with Gabriela Isler from Venezuela. Miss International has recorded three wins from South American representative with one from Ecuador and two from Venezuela whereas Miss Earth has also recorded three wins from the South American delegates with one from Venezuela and two from Ecuador.

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

Ivian Sarcos from Venezuela was crowned Miss World 2011 on 6th November 2011, in London, United Kingdom. Sarcos became the sixth woman from Venezuela to be crowned as the beauty queen. The queen was raised by nuns in a convent in Cojedes and intended to be a nun herself. But she found herself interested in the world of fashion and started her career as a model. She won the Most Beautiful Face award during her competition at Miss Venezuela 2010. She represented Venezuela at Miss World 2011 and to her luck she won the title. After winning the title, Ivian mentioned, "Winning means everything to me and I hope to take advantage of this in a productive way. I am incredibly happy to have won, and there are fantastic girls. What I want most is to help people who need it. I want to help people like me and the elderly and adolescents with problems, as many people as I can”.  The diva visited and still works for charitable projects to help the people who have no one to take care of them. She has stayed humble, kind and compassionate towards other people and it makes her one of the most loved Miss World titleholder.


Ivian Sarcos from Venezuela was crowned Miss World 2011


Gabriela Isler from Venezuela was crowned Miss Universe 2013 on 9th November 2013 at the Crocus City Hall, Krasnogorsk, a suburb of Moscow, Russia. Gabriela was the seventh Miss Universe from Venezuela. She is a TV host and a fashion model. The diva is an advocate of women empowerment and has devoted her life to work to help women. She founded a charity organization, Universe of Blessings Fund that counsels and work for the women. Isler is currently the national director of Venezuela succeeding the famed beauty queen maker, Osmel Sousa. With her success, she attended the general audience of Pope Francis in Vatican City. She carried a Venezuelan flag and kissed the Pope's hand in their brief encounter. She said that the visit made her feel blessed, and added, "I can only say that I am immensely grateful and happy." She is constructing a program which implements a values-based curriculum designed to prepare young adults in Venezuela to realize their full potential, both personally and professionally, by providing critical life skills and vocational skills.


Gabriela Isler from Venezuela was crowned Miss Universe 2013


Fernanda Cornejo from Ecuador crowned Miss International 2011 on 6th November 2011 at the International Tennis Center in Chengdu, China. She is a famous Ecuadorian fashion model who has made her share of name in the field of fashion and beauty pageants. When she represented Pichincha at Miss Ecuador 2011, she was one of the favourite contenders for the title. She was also awarded Best in National Costume award and the second-runner-up award by the end of the event finale which gave her a chance to represent Ecuador at Miss International 2011. The diva who impressed the audience along with the judges at the coronation night was announced as the winner by the end of the event. She has helped a lot of young women achieve their goals and wishes by motivating and supporting them just like once her family did for her. Fernanda considers beach walks as meditative and relaxing and has recommended to everyone.


Fernanda Cornejo from Ecuador crowned Miss International 2011


Olga Álava from Ecuador was crowned Miss Earth 2011 on 3rd December 2011 at the University of the Philippines Theatre, inside the campus of the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City, Philippines. She was the first delegate from Ecuador to be crowned as Miss Earth. She is an established Ecuadorian model, socialite, lifestyle entrepreneur, environmentalist and a beauty queen. She was a well-established beauty queen before she decided to participate in Miss Ecuador 2011 as she had participated in various regional pageants and won them. She was announced as the third runner-up at Miss Ecuador 2011 which gave her a chance to represent Ecuador at Miss Earth beauty pageant in 2011. She worked with the Fundación Bellezas por la Vida, which assists mothers infected with HIV, and worked with projects for the community. She presented her environmental project at Miss Earth 2011 to protect mangroves in Ecuador and has also become a spokesperson for the protection of the natural reserve of Yasuní. She told the jury that "education is the best solution for the environment because children are the ones that preserve the earth for future generations", in response to the final question. During her reign, Olga has helped a lot of people in Ecuador who were trying to do their bit for the country. She became a Goodwill Ambassador for Red Ribbon Revolution in March 2013, an initiative to eradicate stigma & discrimination among children and youth living with HIV/AIDS through sports as a medium of transformation.


Olga Álava from Ecuador was crowned Miss Earth 2011