All state and local preliminaries in the Miss U.S. Latina® pageant system are required to conform to established rules and regulations for
participants in this program; however, these contests are licensed events operated separately and independently of the Miss Latin America
Organization. Organizacion Miss America Latina, Inc. owns all the tradenames in the Miss Latina America® / Miss U.S. Latina® Pageant system.
Their unauthorized used is strictly prohibited in exact form or in any similarly confusing manner.
How old are the competitions?

The MISS LATIN AMERICA® OF THE WORLD and MISS U.S. LATINA® competitions began as concurrent
events in 1981 in Miami, Florida; MISS TEEN US LATINA™ made its debut in September 2003 in Riviera Maya,
Mexico, but it was put on-hold after the 2009 Nationals. It resumed production in the U.S. in 2015.

Are these competitions different from others in the USA for Latinas?

Yes. MISS U.S. LATINA® is the first national competition established in the country exclusively for Latinas and
the ONLY one whose winner advances in representation of the USA to the international MISS LATIN AMERICA
OF THE WORLD Pageant. It is recognized for its reputable standing in international pageantry and for being
the longest-running pageant in the world for Latinas. (See
HISTORY since 1983.) It is also the only national
Latina pageant in the USA that follows traditional pageant guidelines, among which is that delegates may not
be married or have children, and only one delegate can represent each state.

What are the competitions about?

In 1981, legendary Mexican TV host Raul Velasco produced the first national pageant for Latinas in the US and
the franchise to select the representative from Miami, Florida was awarded to entertainer and musical show
producer Acirema Alayeto. When that competition closed after only two years, Ms. Alayeto established the
international MISS LATIN AMERICA pageant system to showcase Latin American women and support their
personal and professional pursuits, contributing also to the promotion of tourism and goodwill in the Americas.

Who produces these competitions?

Organizacion Miss America Latina, Inc., a Florida corporation headquartered in Miami, produces the pageants
annually and directs a network of affiliates in the USA and worldwide. Pageant licenses are awarded to operate
state and national pageants around the world to select winners to the Miss/Teen U.S. LATINA and MISS LATIN
AMERICA OF THE WORLD Pageants, respectively. It is the largest and oldest pageant system exclusively for
Latinas in the world. The Pageant Organization and its President/Founder have received awards and
recognitions from Presidents, Tourism Ministers, Governors, and Mayors here and abroad for their
distinguished work and objectives. (See some published at the
ORGANIZATION page of this website.)

Where are these competitions held?

Initially held in Miami, Florida, beginning in 1986 both MISS LATIN AMERICA OF THE WORLD and MISS U.S.
LATINA have taken place in exotic locations in different Latin American countries each year, although the
National has come back a few times to the states. For US delegates, this has represented an exciting
opportunity to identify more firmly with their heritage and provide them with an enriching cultural experience.
Host countries in the past have been Costa Rica, Bolivia, Mexico, El Salvador, Argentina, Guatemala, Peru,
Ecuador, Nicaragua and Dominican Republic. (See
HISTORY  for more details and photos.)

How do the delegates get to the national competition?

Cities and states have preliminary competitions, which are produced by local and state directors. The winner of
the local competition advances to compete in her state's pageant, with state winners advancing to the national
competition. A delegate may also enter a state competition without having won a city or local title, and where
there are no state preliminaries, she may apply for her state’s representation as an at-large delegate. MISS U.S.
LATINA goes on to represent the USA at the annual MISS LATIN AMERICA OF THE WORLD Pageant.
There is no international competition for Teens.

Must delegates be US citizens to participate in the National competition?
No. The competition is open to anyone residing legally in the US and meets all the other eligibility requirements
for participation.

Can someone born in another country and living in the US represent that country in the Miss
Latin America® of the World Pageant?

No. Delegates to the MISS LATIN AMERICA OF THE WORLD Pageant must participate in the competition of
their respective countries of residence to win that representation. However, “heritage” representation is
available in the Miss/Teen U.S. LATINA competitions for those living in the US that want to represent their birth
place or that of their parents/ancestors.

What prizes do the winners receive?

Each title winner is awarded cash and prizes from the pageant and its sponsors.

Who sponsors the events?

Barceló Hotels & Resorts has been the major sponsor of the MISS LATIN AMERICA and  MISS U.S. LATINA
competitions since 2000. Eastern States Exposition sponsored the Miss U.S. Latina and Miss Teen US Latina
Pageants in 2006. Past sponsors have also included ORS Hair Care, Pepsi-Cola, Max Factor, Wella, Meadow
Gold Dairy and Macy’s, to name a few.
Miss Latin America Organization
Also check out the PAGEANT HISTORY for photos
with celebrities and  world-renowned personalities!