Venezuela is not the first country to have won both Miss Universe and Miss World in the same year. France was the first country to achieve the distinction last 1953 when Christianne Martel and Denise Perrier won in their respective outings. Almost two decades later in 1972, Australia scored the second recorded twin wins in one year after Kerry Ann Wells and Belinda Green separately zoomed to the top in the said pageants. 1981 would be the next – the subject of this blog entry – with the ever beautiful Irene Saez capturing the Universe in New York and Pilin Leon conquering the World in London. Let’s watch their national finals first and then the crowning moments in the bigger stage.
As most of you know by now, the search for Miss Venezuela is being run by three of its former big-league Queens from three separate decades – Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler, Miss World 1995 Jacqueline Aguilera and Miss International 1985 Nina Sicilia. And this troika is really deep in preparations for the next national search.
Here is an update of Gabby on the progress in Spanish. The English translation will follow after.
Buenas tardes, buenas tardes!✨ Reaparezco por aquí después de varios días y quiero contarles el por qué de mi ausencia: el proyecto de @missvenezuela ha requerido de mucho tiempo, y me ha tocado ponerlo de primero en la lista de prioridades… ✅
Aún estando en la distancia, son múltiples las cosas que estamos resolviendo desde el #ComitéEjecutivo y estamos dedicadas a ello. 🙌🏼 Con mucho esfuerzo y compromiso hemos asumido este reto y estamos seguras de que todos los resultados que alcanzaremos serán satisfactorios. 🙏🏼
Ayer lanzamos el proceso de postulaciones a través de missvenezuela.com y me emociona saber que cualquier joven de Venezuela, que cumpla con los requisitos mínimos para participar, puede registrarse libremente y manifestar su decisión de formar parte de este sueño, sin ningún tipo de intermediarios. 👑
Juntas, @ninasicilia @jacquelineaguilera y yo, estaremos revisando los perfiles y haciendo la primera preselección.👀
Más adelante anunciaremos las próximas fases y les seguiremos contando mucho más de lo que estamos haciendo. 👩🏻💻👩🏻🔧👩🏻💼
Por ahora, los invito a mantenerse atentos de las redes oficiales de @missvenezuela para todos los detalles. ❣️ Si tienen algún familiar o amiga que pueda reunir las cualidades de una reina, y que se caracterice por actuar apegada a sus valores, menciónenla aquí en los comentarios para que se anime a postularse. 👸🏻❤️
. ¡Cariños para todos!
Will the three beautiful ladies measure up to the achievements of Osmel Sousa in Miss Venezuela?
Mariam Habach Santucci, Miss Venezuela Universo 2015, has waited long enough for her turn to take the spotlight in the global pageant stage. In fact, she won the national crown last October 8, 2015 even before Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach would be named Miss Universe in Las Vegas. This beautiful dental student – with Syrian and Italian descent – speaks four languages (English, Spanish, Arabic and Italian) which she intends to put into good use abroad.
Now, the 20 year-old (she will turn 21 on January 26, a few days before the big finals in Manila) from Lara will be getting her chance in the 65th Miss Universe. Mentor Osmel Sousa has made sure that this 6-footer is at her premium best for the competition. And I am sure that Mariam has been fully trained especially on how to work the Philippines during her upcoming stint. Filipinos love Venezuelan beauties in general. And she will test her Gabriela Isler-ish charm side by side the other hyped entries of the competition.
Here is a video when Mariam competed and won during Miss Venezuela 2015
Here is a comparative video of Mariam during her latest TV Guesting on Venezuelan TV last month.
Your thoughts on Mariam Habach Santucci, dear readers? She may not be your idea of the traditional Venezuelan Goddesses who have taken part in several editions of Miss Universe in the past. But methinks the Filipinos will like her, especially if her actual personality is as winning as what pre-arrival impressions suggest. 🙂
Maritza Sayalero was the 28th Miss Universe and the very first big winner for Venezuela in the said pageant. Only 18 at the time of Miss Universe 1979, she made the long flight from Caracas to Perth, Australia armed with the natural beauty and charm that wowed everyone Down Under. Not even her closest pursuer, 1st Runner-Up Gina Swainson of Bermuda, could match the strong impression made by the former on the judges – not even the collapse of part of the stage minutes after her crowning and injured some candidates.
Let us now watch highlights of her performance during the finals of Miss Universe 1979 held at the Perth Entertainment Center.
courtesy of Pageanthology 101Maritza started a healthy list of Miss Universe winners from Venezuela – Irene Saez Conde (1981), Barbara Palacios Teyde (1986), Alicia Machado (1995), Dayana Mendoza (2008), Stefania Fernandez (2009) and Maria Gabriela Isler (2013).
A couple of years after her reign, Maritza married (now retired) Mexican Professional Tennis Player Raúl Ramírez and chose to become a naturalized citizen of Mexico. They have three children – Rebeca, Raúl Alán and Daniel Francisco. They are now based in Southern California (Ensendada, Baja). 😉
There are rumors circling the pageant world that Venezuela won’t be sending a representative to Miss Earth 2015 due to financial constraints. Aside from that, this year’s Miss Venezuela finals will allegedly be crowning only two (2) winners – one for Miss Universe and one for Miss International.
What’s more, the decision of the Miss International organizers decided to charge franchise rights (it used to be free) starting this year has affected the budget of the organization. And the casualty? The 3rd title intended for Miss Earth 2015.
From an economic vantage point, this kind of development is understandable since the South American country has been undergoing a major crisis. From a pageant training & development end, though, will that also mean holding-off any costly enhancement procedures for ladies being groomed for future national finals and the like?
Life won’t stop for Osmel Sousa and his team, I reckon. And if they keep on spending on the candidates for the nationals come October, then would it be too much to set aside a fraction of the “improvement” expenses for the sending of a Miss Venezuela Tierra 2015 to Manila?
She did come in later than everyone. But I reckon that is part of the game plan. Osmel must have really advised to time her arrival on the penultimate day of registration and fittings to make sure that there is increased excitement in her appearance. Thing is, there are also other ladies who were advised by their trainers to show up late (like Miss Singapore Rathi Menon who is under the wings of Ines Ligron).
At any rate, the cast is practically complete and all the ladies will start with their public pre-pageant activities very soon! 😀
The minute Migbelis Castellanos presents herself as Miss Venezuela in the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant in Doral Miami, she will have one and only one thing in mind – to score a back-to-back win in the competition and duplicate the Guinness record-setting efforts of Dayana Mendoza and Stefania Fernandez last 2008 and 2009. Tall order, as some would instantly quip. But not if the challenger is a drop dead gorgeous young lady like her.
Migbelis practically has Miss Universe written all over her face. And by all counts, she could make up for the misses of Osmel Sousa’s for 2014, save for Maira Alexandra Rodriguez who salvaged a Miss Water placement during Miss Earth.
In my books, though, a contest is still a contest until the winner is crowned at the end of it all. And with so many other national reps (including our very own MJ Lastimosa) claiming victory even before arriving in the host city, the battle is going to be uber intense as only Donald Trump can deliver. 😉