This annual beauty pageant, which began in 1991 as Reina Sudamericana (South American Queen), is based in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Up to 2003 the participants were restricted to the 10 countries in South America; in 2004 participants from Panama and Costa Rica in Central America were invited; and in 2006 participants from Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico & Spain joined. In 2007 Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras & USA were added, and the name changed to Reina Hispanoamericana. The pageant is organized by Promociones Gloria, based in Bolivia. More than 15 contestants participate every year.
Venezuela has the most number of crowns in this pageant, a total of six crowns followed by Brazil with five crowns. Last year, the very own representative of Curacao, Evalina van Putten honored the fresh new Caribbean country with the first international crown of the South American soil. Evalina van Putten is a beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe Curacao 2011 and represented her country in Miss Universe 2011 and afterwards won the Reina Hispanoamericana 2011.
In deliberation with the international organization seeking for the best delegate to represent Curaçao in this years’ event, Angenie Simon was chosen only days before the latin american pageant. Angenie Simon, 27, is a Curaçaolean beauty pageant titleholder who won the Miss Curaçao 2009 and went to the Miss Universe 2009 in The Bahamas and the Miss World 2010 in Sanya, People’s Republic of China. She earned a place in the national and regional pageant history records by being the first Miss Caraibes Hibiscus winner who was crowned by a compatriot. She failed this time to conquer the Reina Hispano Americana crown.
The young Haitian Sarodj Bertin, 26, was elected as the Queen Hispanoamericana 2012, in the twenty second edition of the beauty contest held among 22 candidates in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz.
She played the final spots with the Spanish Juliana Sampaio (Spain), 24, who came in second. Bertin, who previously won the title of “Best Silhouette” answered a question in the finals to the jury in response to a question about the difficulties of being a woman today brought her to the crown.
The Haitian received the crown of the winner of the 2011 Hispanic American Queen, Eva van Putten of Curacao. The Bolivian Alexia Viruez (Bolivia), the Paraguayan Stephania Stegman (Paraguay), Damaris Aguiar (Cuba), Brazilian Jeanine Castro (Brazil) and Panamanian Ana Lorena Ibanez (Panama) were among the finalists in the competition organized by the company in Bolivia, Promociones Gloria.
The jury was formed by Venezuelan designer Julio Mora, Bolivian designer Rosita Hurtado, the Bolivian artist Milton Cortez, the Chilean consul in Santa Cruz, Frank Sinclair, and the UK consul, Ibanez Carolina, among others.
Sarodj Bertín, Miss Haití Universe 2010. Being the first representative of Haiti after 22 years of absence, participating in the MISS UNIVERSE pageant the same year shortly after the earthquake that struck the island in 2010. Born on April 11 of 1986 at Port au Prince. Daughter of Jean Bertin and Mireille Durocher Bertin. Ever since she was four, her interest towards art started, taking Ballet classes, Modeling, Jazz, and Karate. While growing up, she started writing poetry. Writing, for her, was the purest form of expression of her thoughts and yearnings. All her childhood was enviable, right until the year 1995, when her mother was murdered, being this crime a huge blow for Sarodj, the whole family and country. Mireille, Sarodj’s mother, was a woman highly admired by the Haitian people, she was a fighter; dreamed with having a country with more opportunities, being able to institutionalize the country and guarantee their rights to the haitian citizens.
After her mom passed away, her father, Jean Bertín, took charge of Sarodj’s and her three brothers’ education by being a father, mother, and friend at the same time. Being always present and making sure that the principles instilled to his children are their parameters for life. For Sarodj, her mother was her role model, always maintaining present her legacy, fighting for Haiti and a better tomorrow. After graduating from high school when she was seventeen years old, she gets into law school, something she interprets as “law is a science where reason has an invaluable value.”
Bertin’s mother, who was an outspoken critic of then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was murdered on March 28, 1995 in Port-au-Prince. She was shot in broad daylight while being driven by a client, Eugene “Junior” Baillergeau, away from the U.S. military’s Camp Democracy headquarters. Baillergeau, who was killed along with Durocher Bertin, was in litigation with the U.S. military over damages a U.S. helicopter had allegedly done to his private plane. Currently, she finds herself studying her masters in Business and International Litigation Law.
After the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, Bertin entered the Miss Haiti Universe contest and won. She spent several months in Puerto Rico with the director of the Miss Dominican Republic and Miss Haiti franchises, Magali Febles, who took charge of her training for 2010 Miss Universe pageant.
She represented Haiti in the Miss Universe 2010 beauty pageant held in Las Vegas on August 23, 2010. Bertin believed that competing in Miss Universe would give the people of Haiti a voice, stating, “there are many people who want to help but don’t know how and sometimes they need a voice to tell them what are the necessities of the people. I want the people, through me, to be who says what their necessities are.”And now she won the Reina HispanoAmericana 2012.
As Reina HispanoAmericana she will be working for the children of her country. Sarodj Bertin was named GoodWill Ambassador of Haiti. This title has also been given to Angelina Jolie, Shakira, Bono, and other well-known personalities around the world, and also Sarodj.
She was given this title by Michel Martelly in Haiti on October, 2011. Sarodj Bertin also received Woman of The Year (2010) in the Latin Awards , New York. Sarodj works untiringly with her foundation, Sarodj For A Purpose. This upcoming year she has many projects in mind, including her new 2013 calendar, which is a complementary gift for those who support the cause.
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