Puerto Rico holds the distinction of having five (5) Miss Universe titleholders to date. Starting with Marisol Malaret in 1970, she was followed by Deborah Carthy-Deu in 1985, Dayanara Torres in 1993, Denise Quinones in 2001 and Zuleyka Rivera in 2006. Aside from these achievements, several representatives placed in the Top 5, Top 10 and Top 15 through he years.
This year, the small Carribean island is placing its bets on Mariana Paola Vicente, a 21-year old beauty who is acknowledged as one of Puerto Rico’s top models. She won the prestigious “La Cara de Imagen L’Oreal” competition in 2005 and is a student at the University of Puerto Rico.
What kind of fate awaits Mariana in Las Vegas? Very bright, if you ask me. Her handlers know how to hype up her pre-arrival coverage. This early, she is doing a Dayana Mendoza by posing in her birthday suit in photos that are all over the net by now. The only difference is that Dayana did hers after winning the Miss Universe crown and shortly before relinquishing the same to fellow Venezuelan Stefania Fernandez last year. I’m sure Donald Trump must have already seen the same and hastily tagged the Puerto Rican as a favorite.
But will the ploy really work in Mariana’s favor? See for yourself below and state your opinion.