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 USA in 2015.

Who produces these competitions?
Organizacion Miss America Latina, Inc., a Florida corporation, 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
of this website.)

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.

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

What prizes do the winners receive?
Each title winner is awarded cash and other prizes from the pageant and its sponsors.

Who sponsors the events?
Barceló Hotels & Resorts has been the major sponsor of the competitions since 2000. The Eastern States Exposition
sponsored the Miss and Teen U.S. Latina Pageants in 2006. Past sponsors have also included ORS Hair Care, Macy's, Max
Factor and Meadow Gold Dairy, to name a few. (See
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 Latin America® / Miss U.S. Latina® Pageant
system. Their unauthorized used is strictly prohibited in exact form or in any similarly confusing manner.
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