Miss Universe Colombia 2022 María Fernanda Aristizábal Urrea has one of the bumpiest journeys on the road to the 71st Miss Universe in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her ascent to the crown is one for the books as it is replete with ups and downs that only a strong-willed Queen is capable of undergoing.
I will quote Wikipedia on the events prior to the present:
Aristizábal began her pageantry career in 2019, after being crowned Miss Quindío 2019. This title gave her entry into the Señorita Colombia 2019 competition, representing Quindío Department.
The competition began in November 2019, held in Cartagena. In pre-pageant activities, Aristizábal emerged as a frontrunner after winning a number of special awards, including Queen of the Police and Best Body.
Finals night was ultimately held on 11 November. Aristizábal made the first cut into the top ten, and then continued into the top five. She was ultimately crowned Miss Colombia 2020 by outgoing titleholder Gabriela Tafur, becoming the first woman from Quindío Department to win the title, besting first runner-up María Alejandra Salazar of Huila Department. As Miss Colombia, she was to represent Colombia at Miss Universe 2020. In June 2020, Natalie Ackermann gained ownership of the Colombian franchise to Miss Universe, confirming that a new pageant would be held to select the Colombian representative in 2020, and that Aristizábal would not be going to Miss Universe.
After finishing her reign as Miss Colombia, she began talks to be appointed as Miss Universe Colombia 2022. After reaching an agreement, she was announced on 6 April 2022 as Colombia’s representative at Miss Universe 2022 through a press conference…
Mafe would not be where she is right now if not for the persistence or determination to land the rightful national crown of Miss Universe Colombia. This lady is definitely a fighter.