28
December
2021

Venezuela’s dominance at the Big 4 international beauty pageants

28 Dec 2021 | Angelique Reyes

From the shore to the mountain heights, Venezuela is a country of stunning scenery and unexpected surprises. Also, the abode of some of the most good-looking women on earth, the picturesque country is considered to be the pageant powerhouse of the world. Let us dive into the rich history of Venezuelan women making it big in the big four international beauty competitions of the world.

Venezuela is the only country in the world to have won all the four major titles of the beauty world, at least twice. Holding a whopping 23 titles to its name, the country has been placed a 130 times in the big four titles, 44 placements alone at the Miss Universe pageant. Miss Venezuela's winners have won seven Miss Universe crowns, six Miss World crowns, and eight Miss International crowns, among many other titles in celebrated beauty contests around the world.

History was created on 23rd August 2019 at the Imperial Ballroom in Atlantis Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas as Stefania Fernández, a Venezuelan, was crowned as Miss Universe 2009 by her countrymate Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008. Thus, setting a Guinness World Record by being the first and only woman in the history of Miss Universe to be crowned by a fellow countrywoman.

The Venezuelan titleholders and their wins at the Big Four:

Miss Universe (44 placements)

Venezuela comes second only to the United States of America when it comes to holding the most number of Miss Universe titles. It currently holds seven Miss Universe wins.

Maritza Sayalero, Miss Universe 1979

Irene Sáez, Miss Universe 1981

Bárbara Palacios Teyde, Miss Universe 1986

Alicia Machado, Miss Universe 1996

Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008

Stefanía Fernández, Miss Universe 2009

Gabriela Isler, Miss Universe 2013

 

Maritza Sayalero, Miss Universe 1979 Irene Sáez, Miss Universe 1981 Bárbara Palacios Teyde, Miss Universe 1986 Alicia Machado, Miss Universe 1996 Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008

 

Miss World (34 placements)         

Venezuela and India both have six winners as the countries with most victories in the history of the Miss World pageant.

Carmen Susana Duijm, Miss World 1955

Pilín León, Miss World 1981

Astrid Carolina Herrera, Miss World 1984

Ninibeth Leal, Miss World 1991

Jacqueline Aguilera, Miss World 1995

Ivian Sarcos, Miss World 2011

 

Carmen Susana Duijm, Miss World 1955 Pilín León, Miss World 1981 Astrid Carolina Herrera, Miss World 1984 Ninibeth Leal, Miss World 1991 Jacqueline Aguilera, Miss World 1995

 

Miss International (38 placements)

With 8 wins at the Miss International pageant, Venezuela is the undisputed frontrunner followed by Philippines with 6 Miss International titles to its name.

Nina Sicilia, Miss International 1985

Consuelo Adler, Miss International 1997

Vivian Urdaneta, Miss International 2000

Goizeder Azúa, Miss International 2003

Daniela di Giacomo, Miss International 2006

Elizabeth Mosquera, Miss International 2010

Edymar Martínez, Miss International 2015

Mariem Velazco, Miss International 2018

 

Nina Sicilia, Miss International 1985 Consuelo Adler, Miss International 1997 Vivian Urdaneta, Miss International 2000 Goizeder Azúa, Miss International 2003 Daniela di Giacomo, Miss International 2006 Elizabeth Mosquera, Miss International 2010 Edymar Martínez, Miss International 2015 Mariem Velazco, Miss International 2018

 

Miss Earth (14 placements)

Coming second only to Philippines, Venezuela holds two Miss Earth titles tying with Ecuador and Brazil who also boast of two crownings.

Alexandra Braun, Miss Earth 2005

Alyz Henrich, Miss Earth 2013

 

Alexandra Braun, Miss Earth 2005 Alyz Henrich, Miss Earth 2013

 

Luiseth Materán continued the strong performance streak of the nation and placed in the Top 16 of the recently held Miss Universe 2021 competition. Alejandra Conde is to be watched out for at the 70th edition of the Miss World now set to be held on 16th March, 2022. Philippines is still 8 title wins behind to come at par with Venezuela for most number of wins at major beauty titles, leaving Venezuela as the uncontested champion of the industry.