Controversial: And the new Miss Universe can be a Miss Latina USA!

Controversial: And the new Miss Universe can be a Miss Latina USA!

Telemundo launches new series “Miss Latina USA”; winner will advance to compete in Miss Universe

New Reality Series to offer Winner Historic Opportunity to Compete in the MISS UNIVERSE® Pageant

On the heels of the popular premiere of “La Voz Kids”, Telemundo announced the addition of “Miss Latina USA” during their upfront presentation held Tuesday at New York’s Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center.

The exclusive new reality series will feature contestants vying for the top spot that will guarantee an entry to compete in the Miss Universe competition.

“The MISS UNIVERSE® Organization has enjoyed a terrific partnership with Telemundo,” said Donald J. Trump, who co-owns the MISS UNIVERSE® Organization with NBCUniversal. “The MISS UNIVERSE® pageant consistently delivers the highest ratings in the coveted Hispanic market and the MISS LATINA USA™ series puts a completely new twist on the competition. It will undoubtedly draw big numbers and we look forward to forging an even bigger relationship with Telemundo over the years to come.”

As part of the “Miss Latina USA” competition, multi-city auditions will take place and participants will be judged based on “poise, physical attributes and personality. Once chosen, the competitors will move in to a luxurious mansion where they will live together and undergo training by a team of talented experts in fields such as modeling, acting, fashion, nutrition and beauty. “ During weekly eliminations, contestants will compete until the remaining finalists will participate in the gala challenge for the top title and a ticket to the prestigious Miss Universe pageant.

This is the first time in history that a contestant, other than Miss USA, that will be allowed to compete for the Miss Universe crown.

The MISS LATINA USA™ series will join Telemundo’s existing slate of programming dedicated to the prestigious competition that includes:

MISS UNIVERSE®: Camino a la Corona

Telemundo gives viewers the opportunity to get to know the Latinas through exclusive interviews and access as they prepare to compete for the MISS UNIVERSE® crown. This show features interviews with the Hispanic competitors, getting up-close-and-personal with an inside look at the life of a beauty contestant.

This new concept raises the discussion flame around the beauty pageantry scene.

Denise Quiñones (MU 2001):

“In part, it’s very strange, because it would not represent a country, but on the other side, it’s clear that they are looking for new blood, something refreshing. I believe it’s a way to attract other type of public that maybe do not follow beauty pageants that much, and since Reality Shows have increased in popularity… Commercially I can understand the move. And about the National Costume, I guess it will be a Giant TV, since the candidate comes from a Reality Show (jokes, laughs)”

Marisol Malaret (MU 1970)

“The pageant has lost glamour and credibility, it has lost audience and sponsors of prestige, besides the countries are not willing to pay Trump millions to be host, so then it’s logical to look at the Latino market in USA. It’s a business move, because it will attract a part of the population that is big with strong opinions, to the point that it determined Obama’s victory. Apart the us latinos are passionate about beauty pageants and in general latinas are the one’s who have won the MU crown the most times. I don’t think it will affect MUPR, but it will affect Miss USA because it will lose interest.”

Dayanara Torres (MU 1993)

“I do not understand it, because, what it the winner is from Mexico, ¿Which country would she represent? ¿About what culture she would talk about? It seems strange to me.”


“Consistently, Miss Universe obtains the highest ratings in the Hispanic market. Miss Latina USA, without a doubt, would give a new twist to the competition, it will definitely produce high numbers in ratings.”

Ximena Navarrete nabs the lead role in a soap with William Levy

Ximena Navarrete nabs the lead role in a soap with William Levy

Ximena Navarrete nabs the lead role in “La Tempestad”, opposite William Levy and Ivan Sanchez, she has also signed a deal that will have her as the new face of a clothing company.

The international brand C&A has will premiere its new Spring collection with the help of Ximena as their new it girl.

This is one Miss Universe that is really extending her career beyond the beauty pageant!

Countdown to Caribbean’s Next Top Model™

Caribbean Next Top Model

PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – From Monday February 18, 23 beauties from around the region will take part in the first season of Caribbean’s Next Top Model (CNTM), which will be aired simultaneously across more than 25 Caribbean countries.

The show, which was filmed in Trinidad and Tobago, is the Caribbean’s version of CBS’s internationally acclaimed Next Top Model series and will run for 11 episodes.

CNTM will be screened on WSEE TV in Puerto Rico, One Caribbean Television and CaribVision during primetime on Mondays, with repeat airings on Saturdays.

The aspiring next top models featured in the series comprise: Xiea from Antigua and Barbuda; Sedia from Barbados; Jenelle and Kendra from the Bahamas; Treveen from the Cayman Islands; Stephany from Curacao; Treicy from the Dominican Republic; Ashley from Guadeloupe; Lisa and Trudy-Lee from Jamaica, and Semoy, Ornella, Anna-Rosa, Davia, Julianna, Athaliah, Candace, Susan, Sheriza, Rachel, Kim-Marie, Maranda and Tinnitia from Trinidad and Tobago.

 Miss Universe 1998, Trinidad and Tobago’s Wendy Fitzwilliam, served triple duty on the project as host, co-executive producer and judge.

Fitzwilliam’s fellow judges are international photographer Pedro Virgil, and runway coach and creative director of Trinidad and Tobago’s Fashion Week, Richard Young, along with international and regional experts in fashion, who created a model “Boot Camp” giving the girls real lessons on what it takes to be an international model.


Special guest appearances will be made by international stylist and fashion pundit Freddie Leiba, music producer Bryce Wilson, international photographer Matthew Jordan-Smith, fashion designer Claudia Pegus, soca star Machel Montano, and Factor Model Management’s Bridget Halanski.

Caribbean’s Next Top Model is presented by bMobile, LIME, KCL Capital Market Brokers Limited, Caribbean Airlines, The Carlton-Savannah, Farouk Systems – CHI, Trinre, Sacha Cosmetics, Factor Women, Caribbean Belle, Blue Waters, Kalloo’s and Micles

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