The young Miss Teen U.S. Latina Pageant had its debut in
Riviera Maya (Cancun), Mexico in 2003,  produced as part of the
long-running annual Miss U.S.  Latina Pageant. (See
History.)

With only 14 years-of-age, Cuban-born Edshelee  Torres of
Florida made history by becoming the first  Miss Teen U.S.
Latina. Back-to-back winners from Ilinois followed with
Michelle
Gonzalez
of Mexican  heritage in 2004, crowned in the
Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rican
Geysha Gonzalez (no
relation) in 2005, once again in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

In 2006 these national Latina pageants were brought back to the
United States and Springfield, MA saw  Florida's
Karla Acosta
from El Salvador take home the crown. The postponement of the
2007 pageant resulted in the designation by executive board
decision of Texan
Nicole Korrody as that year's title winner
from among all eligible 2006 pageant  participants.

San Antonio hosted the 2009 event in Sept. 2008 that saw the repeat
of back-to-back winners with the crowning of
Marissa Castro from
El Paso in her home state by  hometown girl Nicole, both of
Mexican heritage. The  pageant went on hiatus that year until
2015, when it resumed production again.
GEYSHA GONZALEZ
Illinois
2005
2004
2003
MICHELLE GONZALEZ
Illinois
EDSHELEE TORRES
Florida
2006
KARLA ACOSTA
Florida
2007-08
NICOLE KORRODY
Texas
1999
KRISTINE TARANCO
Florida
HISTORY
Tulsa, Oklahoma saw the return of the Miss Teen U.S. Latina
Pageant and the state of Nevada winning its first national title with

Katherine Acosta,
also of Mexican descent as her two previous
predecessors..

Another state got their first win in 2016. Ohio took top honors in
Kansas with
Natalia Lopez from Peru. Nevada  only had to wait a
year for their second win this time by
Litzy Torres, who became
Miss Teen U.S. Latina 2017 in Chicago, al
so of Mexican heritage.

*The first teen ever chosen in the Miss Latin America Pageant network
was also from Florida,
Kristine Taranco, Miss Teen  Florida Latina 1999.
(See her story
here.)
Florida* won the first Miss Teen U.S. Latina title at the inaugural pageant in 2003.
MARISSA CASTRO
Texas
2009
2015
KATHERINE ACOSTA
Nevada
2016
NATALIA LOPEZ
Ohio
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2007
LITZY TORRES
Nevadas